Philip Seymour Hoffman: Stars Pay Tribute
Stars of the film world have paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman after the actor was found dead at his New York home.
Dozens of actors and others in the entertainment industry took to Twitter to express their shock at the loss of one of the most well-liked and talented figures in Hollywood.
"I feel so fortunate to have known and worked with the extraordinary Philip Seymour Hoffman, and am deeply saddened by his passing," said Julianne Moore, who co-starred with Hoffman in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and The Big Lebowski.
George Clooney, who appeared with him in The Ides of March, said: "There are no words ... It's just terrible."
"This is a horrible day for those who worked with Philip. He was a giant talent," Tom Hanks said. Hanks starred with Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War.
The three co-stars spoke through their agents to US media.
Whoopi Goldberg wrote: "WTF!!!! philip seymour hoffman found dead in his apartment, a truly great actor... Gone.. I hope someone says hey whoop it's a hoax."
Gladiator star Russell Crowe said: "I have just heard about Phillip Seymour Hoffman, one of natures Gentlemen. Rest in peace . Love and respect."
Comedian Ricky Gervais wrote: "Such shocking & sad news. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man."
Mia Farrow said: "OH NO!!!!! Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. A truly kind, wonderful man and one of our greatest actors - ever.
"Rest in peace Philip Seymour Hoffman. We who marveled at each of your performances, are grateful and very very sad."
Jim Carrey wrote: "Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much. Bless your heart."
Simpsons and Spinal Tap star Harry Shearer said: "?Holy crap, Philip Seymour Hoffman passes away, decades too soon. One of the towering character actors of our time. RIP PSH.
He added: "In my 20s, friend/comedy actor extraordinaire Chris Ross died from heroin. Havent felt this way since ..."
Kevin Costner told reporters in the US: "Philip was a very important actor and really takes his place among the real great actors.
"It's a shame. Who knows what he would have been able to do. But we're left with the legacy of the work he's done and it all speaks for itself.
"New York found him first with theatre, and the rest of us have been experiencing his talent from the big screen. So we're sad of his passing."
British actor Gary Oldman said: "He had a danger to him, he had a vulnerability to him. I mean, all those qualities that what I think make someone watchable and very special."
Skyfall actress Naomie Harris, who was also speaking at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards, in central London, said: "That's a huge loss for everyone.
"He was an extraordinary and intelligent man, so it's incredibly sad, and it makes the evening all a bit more sombre now, having heard."
Also speaking at the awards ceremony was Oscar-nominated film director Steve McQueen, who said the US actor had "the ability to translate humanity ... regardless if it was big or small screen".
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, which had awarded him several awards and nominations over the years, said: "We are saddened by the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Our deepest condolences go out to his loved ones."
A spokesman for Bafta added: ?"We're shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Philip Seymour Hoffman has died."
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