It's with true sadness that my first bona fide article for The 405 follows the intensely sad news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's passing. An actor's actor if ever there was one, Hoffman carried with him a humbling sense of respect for his peers both onset and off, with many reports stating how much a joy he was to work with.

Various sources of information have stated that his death was the result of a 'drug overdose', coming after two decades of remaining sober from an early drug and alcohol addiction, and after a stint in rehab last year. A son and two daughters, and a wife with whom he had a longstanding relationship succeed him.

His roles - no matter the film - were unforgettable. Along Came Polly was trash save for Hoffman's excessively perspiring Sandy; Red Dragon was another weak entry to the Hannibal Lecter canon, yet Hoffman's weasely reporter Freddy Lounds was repellent in the finest way; and if further proof was needed: his scenes as a hyperactive storm-chaser in Twister was the strongest part of the block-busting blockbuster.

These three minor roles in sub-par (but not completely terrible) films go some way to proving just how much of a magnetic and unparalleled force he was. Ask anyone what their favourite Philip Seymour Hoffman scene is and you'll be treated with as many different answers.

Those who have seen, even a single film of his, have been witness to the finest actor of the 90s and 00s. You might have noticed I've not mentioned the lousier films of his career. This is in no way a reflection of how I - and thousands of others - think of him. In fact, it's the contrary, his presence made bad films good, good films excellent, and excellent films extraordinary; there are just too many to mention without turning the article into a full-on list.

However, it's virtually impossible to avoid lists when mentioning such a supreme career, so I've taken an extra moment to round off a small, but worthwhile line-up of some films that may have passed you by, but remain terrific examples of why he was one of the best actors of all time: Mary & Max (bittersweet and heartwarming Australian animation), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (Sidney Lumet's quietly intense crime thriller), Hard Eight a.k.a. Sydney (Paul Thomas Anderson's first feature set around a murky gambling circle), The Savages (a beautifully humane story of familial relations) and Charlie Wilson's War (a fascinating observation of the corruption in congress). These five, alongside the most incredible performances of his career (i.e. Magnolia, Happiness, Synecdoche, New York, Capote and The Master) are completely worth your time.

Knowing that Hollywood has lost a giant is unspeakably tragic, but his legacy is untouchable, and a truly remarkable career, one that will never, ever depreciate.