This past Monday evening the country was stunned with news of the passing of Academy Award winning actor Robin Williams at the age of 63. As reported by many news outlets, Williams’ death is the result of an apparent suicide after battling years of depression and substance abuse. Widely considered the funniest man alive in the mid-90’s, and also capable of tackling deep dramatic roles, Robin Williams leaves behind a wife and two children.
On Super Bowl Sunday, while most Americans were anticipating the big game later that night, the film industry lost one of its best actors. Philip Seymour Hoffman hadn’t quite reached the level of a household name, but my guess is most people would immediately recognize him. Most recently he appeared as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, where he served as head game-maker for the Capital, but also as something of a mastermind behind the ensuing rebellion. He won an Oscar for his leading role in Capote, and earned 3 additional supporting actor nominations for roles in Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt and The Master. He was able to be hilariously charming in Along Comes Polly and Twister, as well as disturbingly vicious in Mission Impossible III. He was without a doubt one of the best actors working in Hollywood. Continue Reading