Nightly News   |  February 03, 2014

Brian Williams Remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman

Gifted actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had sought treatment for addiction, but was eventually overcome by heroin abuse. Now it’s his raw talent that we’re left with.

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>>> while it turns out he was talented and troubled in equal measure, after the shock of his death, it is now his raw talent we're left with, in all those movies over all these years.

>> we are not helpless. and we are on a journey that risks the dark.

>> reporter: to watch him in the master is to see a master at work.

>> you would think i could this job to spite you.

>> to see him in "capote," his oscar-winning role is to see how one man can become another before our eyes. something he did again in the movie "doubt" playing a catholic priest and receiving another oscar nomination. one critic today said hoffmann's unhappiness brought us joy and he admitted as much when asked about his kraft.

>> i think everybody is troubled. i think that's part of what it is like living on this planet.

>> the helsinki job was mine.

>> he made 50 movies over 25 years, some of them yet to be released. in what would consider his lessor roles, he gave no less. films like "money ball," "the hunger games," the big laboysky, the talented mr. ripley, scent of a woman ," boogie knights " and "always famous."

>> women will always be a problem for us.

>> he was born to a father that worked for zeer roerks and a mour that as way family court judge. he discovered new york city . he was a greenwich village area. he had three young children with his long time girlfriend, 10, 7, and 5. for all his power on film, he could be devastated ond stage. after directing him just two years ago as willie lowman in " death of a salesman " on broadway, mike nickels said, simply, no words for this. he was too great and we are too shattered.