Broadway Dims Lights Today in Honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Broadway community mourns the loss of celebrated stage, screen and television actor and theatre director Philip Seymour Hoffman, who passed away on Sunday at age 46. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory tonight, February 5th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the most admired performers of his generation, widely acclaimed for his work. His performances in three Broadway plays led to three Tony Award nominations, most recently for portraying the symbolic traveling salesman Willy Loman in the 2012 revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. He was also nominated for best Leading Actor in Sam Shepard's True West in 2000 and was nominated for Best Featured Actor in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night in 2003.
"Philip Seymour Hoffman, a three-time Tony Award nominee, was a true artist who loved the theatre. His prolific body of work encompassed various mediums including theatre, film, and television, and we'll always be grateful for his boundless and profound talent that he shared with us on the Broadway stage. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and fans." - Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League.
Mr. Hoffman appeared in more than 50 films, appearing in both big-budget Hollywood films and critically praised independent films. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 for the biographical film Capote. He gained recognition for his supporting work in a series of notable films and received another three Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in Charlie Wilson's War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012).
In addition to being an extraordinary actor with tremendous range, he was a former Artistic Director of the off-Broadway LAByrinth Theater Company where he directed and performed in numerous stage productions.
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