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Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman: Pale, pudgy, mumbling, magnetic

Published on Feb 3, 2014 4:12 PM
US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman poses on the red carpet during a screening for the movie "The master" at the 69th Venice Film Festival in Venice in this Sept 1, 2012, file photo. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

Philip Seymour Hoffman - pale, pudgy, mumbling - was in the elite club of Hollywood actors who was in constant demand in spite of, not because of, their looks and star power.

And it was not just because he was a reliable character actor, a bang-for-the-buck player whose job it was to convey as much character as possible in the shortest amount of time.

Hoffman, who died age 46 on Sunday, could lead.

But for many, he is still best known for memorable supporting turns in big-budget films - the ebullient Dusty in Twister (1996), the villainous arms dealer Owen Davian in Mission: Impossible III (2006), the enigmatic head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the Hunger Games franchise.

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