Hoffman was the type of actor to come along once or perhaps twice in a generation. Hoffman had a 23 year career in film and an even longer career in theater. He had presence and gravitas. He stole every scene I've seen him in. I haven't had occasion to write about Hoffman before because my blog's focus is SciFi and Fantasy. Most of Hoffman's work was in dramatic films. In fact, the only science fiction film I can think of him in was last year's 'Catching Fire.' But this SciFi fan was a fan of Hoffman because of his brilliant work in films like 'Doubt,' 'Capote,' 'The Master,' and 'The Ides of March.' My personal favorite Hoffman film is 'The Savages,' which is about a dysfunctional pair of siblings forced to come together to help their estranged father who is suffering from dementia. In 'The Savages' as in 'Doubt,' Hoffman showed that he was a master of subtlety. Any actor can overact, it takes a great actor to know how and when to pull back. Hoffman was such an actor.
Hoffman had such a natural ease in front of the camera that I never doubted him in any role I saw him in, not for a second. Today, the movies has suffered a tremendous loss. It may matter to some people that Hoffman died today of an apparent drug overdose, but it doesn't matter to me. I have said on Twitter and I'll say on my blog, I have yet to meet a perfect person with no struggles or problems. So I will say what I say in every "In Memoriam" post, my God rest his soul and Godspeed. He will be missed at the movies.