Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is a familiar face among contemporary actors. His presence in a film meant that no matter how mediocre the movie or script, he was going to bring the most interesting nuance in the role he portrayed. The role most important to him came at great struggle. Such imaginative talent was unable to overcome what had to be a serious addiction to chemical induced stimulant. He was found dead in his New York apartment, dead at age 46 from a drug overdose.
As much as theater goers will miss his stage presence, it will pale to be sure to family and friends. Special words from my head and heart won’t be able to overcome their grief. I try none the less to suggest that as in all things we find, they are but temporary. Lets hope those who knew him well, appreciate the opportunity to have worked, laughed and perhaps cried with him. It’s these moments for all of us, whenever we lose a loved one, no matter the circumstance, let us pause and be grateful for the time together and not dwell too long on the separation and loss. I hope this is possible for his family and close friends.
Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83.
Perhaps known for his breakthrough performance as a German lawyer in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Maximilian Schell was often called upon to play a heavy-handed antagonist on many other films. Far from the often reprised roles of a Nazi in films, The Odessa File (1974) or A Bridge Too Far (1977), Schell was also a highly successful concert pianist and conductor, performing with exemplary people such as Claudio Abbado and Leonard Bernstein, and with orchestras in Berlin and Vienna.