A character actor who had a very compelling air about him

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I was really sad to read that Philip Seymour Hoffman had passed away.

He was one of my favourite actors, probably because he wasn’t visually perfect and yet had a very compelling air about him.

I think the correct term for those who are not plastic perfection – by Hollywood standards, at any rate – is a ‘character actor’.

PSH certainly added believable depth to all the characters he played, with parts spanning Capote, The Talented Mr Ripley and Mission Impossible to name but a few.

It’s gutting to know that he died of a suspected drug overdose.

In fact it’s painfully sad that all his potential and glorious imperfection was cut so short, in such a predictable way.