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Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman's Best Roles, 1 Year After His Death

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    It's hard to believe it's been a full year since Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely death from a drug overdose on February 2, 2014. The four-time Academy Award nominee (with one win for his leading role in Capote) was such a presence on screen, it almost seems as if he should have been invincible. Even in the most forgettable of films, you couldn't help but be captivated by Hoffman's commanding performance. And, each role was unique — the actor was never typecast — whether he was playing the shy boom operator in Boogie Nights or a powerful cult leader in The Master

    Hoffman appeared in 63 movies and TV shows over the course of his too-short career. Ahead, we take a look at just eight notable performances. It only provides a peek at Hoffman's impressive filmography, and we highly recommend taking a deeper dive to fully appreciate what a true artist he was. 

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    Boogie Nights, 1997

    The first of several successful collaborations with Paul Thomas Anderson, Hoffman played Scotty J, the gay boom operator who falls for Mark Wahlberg's well-endowed Dirk Diggler. Some consider this to be his breakout role.

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    The Big Lebowski, 1998

    Who can forget Hoffman's role as the officious butler in this Coen Brothers classic?

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    Magnolia, 1999

    This Paul Thomas Anderson ensemble masterpiece is filled with incredible performances. Hoffman plays Phil Parma, a nurse caring for a dying man who wants to be reunited with his estranged son — and he brought great humor and pathos to the role.

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1999

    It was Jude Law who snagged an Oscar nod for this period thriller starring Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, but there's no denying Hoffman's effortless turn as the ultimate snob, Princeton grad Freddie Miles.

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    Almost Famous, 2000

    The only problem with this Cameron Crowe classic is there are not enough scenes with Hoffman playing legendary music critic Lester Bangs. The character is unmerciful and uncool, yet somehow manages to inspire generations of wannabe rock writers who will (hopefully) never look at Jim Morrison in the same way.