ByAbi Toll, writer at
Abi Toll

Not one to normally partake in the united mourning of the famous, I can say that I was genuinely deeply saddened to learn of my favorite actor, 's untimely death. I know for certain this is something that I share with many others who were in awe of his immense acting talent as well as his friends and co-stars who were privileged enough to work with the astounding actor.

This includes (famously known as Gandalf) who expressed his condolences in an incredibly moving tribute which he posted on his Facebook page along with a photo of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Natalie Portman in The Seagull (via

Natalie Portman and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the Seagull, 2001

What I will remember most is his Konstantin in Chekov's "The Seagull" in a starry revival in New York's Central Park (2001). Meryl Streep was his mother, although he looked old enough to be her younger brother, a self-obsessed lonely boy, longing for success, trying to make his own way in an alien world. The open-air venue was not conducive to the delicacy and intimacy of the play, yet Hoffman amazingly shrank the space between him and the audience and made us feel we were spying on his insides.

His work on film survives his death, the only consolation in our grief and regret. Last month he came to see our plays at the Cort Theatre. I wish, now more than ever, we had met afterwards, so I could have told him of my admiration.

What stands out to you as 's most lasting and powerful performance?

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