Resolution J3778-2013

Mourning the death of renowned actor and luminary New Yorker Philip Seymour Hoffman



  • Mar 13, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 3, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of renowned actor and luminary
New Yorker Philip Seymour Hoffman

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to honor and recognize
individuals  who  have  made  significant  contributions to the arts and
culture of New York State, and therefore it is fitting  and  appropriate
to recognize the life and work of Philip Seymour Hoffman; and
  WHEREAS, It is the further sense of this Legislative Body to mourn the
death  of renowned actor and luminary New Yorker Philip Seymour Hoffman;
  WHEREAS, Born on July 23, 1967, in Fairport, New York, Philip  Seymour
Hoffman  attended Fairport High School, where he captivated his teachers
and fellow students playing the lead role of Willy Loman in "Death of  a
Salesman"; and
  WHEREAS,  He  later  attended  the New York State Summer School of the
Arts in Saratoga Springs and studied  drama  at  New  York  University's
Tisch  School  of  the  Arts,  which  nurtured his incredible talent and
allowed him to flourish and mature as an actor; and
  WHEREAS, He found increasing recognition and acclaim for his  support-
ing  roles  in  films  such  as  "The Big Lebowski", "Scent of a Woman",
"Magnolia", "Boogie Nights", "The Talented Mr. Ripley", and "Punch-Drunk
Love"; and
  WHEREAS, He quickly became one of the most acclaimed and renowned lead
actors in the world by starring in such films as "Capote",  "Moneyball",
"The  Savages",  "The Master", "Doubt", "Charlie Wilson's War", and many
others; and
  WHEREAS, Among his many nominations  and  awards  for  acting,  Philip
Seymour Hoffman most notably won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for
Best  Actor  for his memorable portrayal of Truman Capote, the legendary
author, screenwriter, and playwright; and
  WHEREAS, Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance in "Capote"  remains  an
astounding  demonstration  of  his  ability to truly lose himself in his
character, capturing Capote's idiosyncrasies  and  mannerisms  with  the
utmost  fidelity  while  laying  bare  Capote's emotional journey in his
pursuit of a masterful work of literature; and
  WHEREAS, Philip Seymour Hoffman was  also  an  extremely  accomplished
stage  actor,  nominated  three  times  for Tony Awards for his roles in
"True West", "Long Day's Journey Into Night", and, once again, "Death of
a Salesman"; his portrayal of Willy Loman prompted NEW YORK TIMES  thea-
ter  critic Ben Brantley to refer to him as "one of the finest actors of
his generation"; and
  WHEREAS, A caring and active member  of  his  community  in  Greenwich
Village,  Philip  Seymour  Hoffman's family, friends, and neighbors knew
him as a down-to-earth and genuine man who was consistently friendly and
could often be seen around the neighborhood with his  beloved  children;
  WHEREAS,  With  his  death  on February 2, 2014, New York State lost a
native son, one of the most accomplished actors of our time, a  man  who
should  have had many more happy years with his loved ones and continued
to make incredible contributions to art and culture worldwide for  years
to  come,  to  an  addiction  which  abruptly  resurfaced after years of
sobriety; and
  WHEREAS, Heroin addiction is a scourge which knows no  boundaries,  no
race,  no creed, no gender, and no socioeconomic status, and can destroy
the life of anyone regardless of his or her  upbringing  or  accomplish-
ments; and

  WHEREAS,  Heroin  use  has been on the rise both nationally and in New
York State over the last decade, and it is incumbent upon this  Legisla-
tive  Body  to  help  provide individuals struggling under the burden of
this and similar addictions access to the treatment  and  services  they
need to fight this deadly disease; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of renowned actor and luminary New Yorker Philip Seymour
Hoffman; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Philip Seymour Hoffman.


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