Philip Seymour Hoffman: Broadway set to dim lights to honor late actor

By Daniel S Levine,

Philip Seymour Hoffman was not just a star of the silver screen, but of the stage as well. As Broadway usually does when it loses a great artist, the community is getting together to honor him by dimming the lights.

The Broadway League announced Monday that the Great White Way will go dim at 7:45 p.m. to honor Hoffman.

While Hoffman is best known around the world for his stunning film performances, including his Oscar-winning role as Truman Capote in Capote, Hoffman was always busy on Broadway. He earned Tony nominations for the 2012 revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman; Sam Shepard's True West in 2000; and Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night in 2003.

“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,” Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League, said of Hoffman.

Hoffman died on Sunday of a drug overdose. It’s been reported that 50 bags of heroin were recovered at his Manhattan apartment by police. He had three children with longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell, who received personal visits from Cate Blanchett and Justin Theroux.

“This is a horrible day for those who worked ‎with Philip. He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family,” Tom Hanks, Hoffman’s Charlie Wilson’s War co-star, told E! News.

You can check out our list of Hoffman’s best roles and our look at his final Oscar-nominated performance in The Master.

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