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Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Refrigerator

Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46. I can’t really say that I heard of this actor before, but it’s been making big news. He died from a heroin overdose.

I recently blogged about the study of NY Times obituaries of famous people which discovered that athletes and performers had the lowest life expectancies. Being famous for a career in business will add six years to your life relative to being a famous performer or athlete.

The blowout score of yesterday’s Superbowl reminded me of the first Superbowl I ever watched, the one in 1986 when the Bears beat the Patriots 46 to 10. The 1985-86 Bears had the best music video in sports history. Walter Payton is no longer alive. Another example of professional athletes not living as long as other famous people.

Remember William “the Refrigerator” Perry? It’s really sad what happened to him. He weighs 400 pounds and is barely able to walk.

The unfinished home he lives in is cold. The heat doesn’t work in all spaces of the cavernous house. He sits all day watching his TV, wearing Topsiders with no socks, sitting sometimes in his own urine. His family says he is incontinent; it’s another one of his issues. But sometimes, it’s just too difficult to stand up and simply walk to the bathroom.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 3, 2014 at 11:41 am

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  1. Hoffman was awesome. He could even make crap like Mission: Impossible III worth watching. The last movie I saw him in that I really liked was The Savages, although it’s very depressing. Now that he’s dead, I think I’ll finally give Doubt a chance.

    Robert

    February 3, 2014 at 11:55 am

    • totally. hoffman was (at least) a character actor up there with gary oldman. and for all the media commentary on this site, I’m sure you’ve seen him in a number of movies.

      lion of the lionosphere

      February 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      • I think Hoffman would properly be classified as a method actor. His roles were diverse and I’m not being sarcastic about Mission: Impossible III. He was downright scary in that movie and did make it worth watching. Creepy psycho, awkward queer (I loved his minor role in Boogie Nights), grieving son, etc.; he nailed all of it.

        Oldman is only famous for his psycho roles, but I think he’d also fit into the method actor category. And his all time greatest psycho role was in the forgotten and flawed but still very good State of Grace.

        Robert

        February 3, 2014 at 5:21 pm

  2. Never heard of Philip Seymour Hoffman but incessantly posts about Girls. That’s a small Venn Diagram intersection.

    I think there’s a pretty sizable confounder in the business vs athletes and performers breakdown which is that success in business comes a lot later on average, so you’ve weeded out everyone who can’t take the stress. The page won’t load for me, so I can’t see if they controlled for that.

    BurplesonAFB

    February 3, 2014 at 11:55 am

  3. Do liberals die earlier, now that you assert athletes and entertainers have shorter lives?

    JS

    February 3, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    • Possibly, but not if they are elected to Congress or chosen for the Supreme Court, in which case they live to be a thousand.

      peterike

      February 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm

  4. I can’t really say that I heard of this actor before

    Of course if LOTB hasn’t heard of someone, they obviously don’t exist.

    Hoffman was awesome.

    Indeed he was. I saw him on Broadway in “Death of a Salesman”, and he did an amazing performance.
    He was an actor, not a celebrity, and not a supercilious blogger either.

    Wade Nichols

    February 3, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    • lol i have heard of psh and i’m a prole according to lotb!

      usuallylurking

      February 3, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      • Well he was in prole movies like Mission Impossible and The Great Lebowski.

        CamelCaseRob

        February 3, 2014 at 9:56 pm

  5. Never heard of or seen PSH in any of his movies. Looking at pictures of him, it makes you want to think of a guy who’s part Matt Damon and part Michael Moore.

    JS

    February 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

  6. Hoffman was actually my favorite actor. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, The Master and Owning Mahoney were excellent movies. My 15-year-old niece only knows him from his part in The Hunger Games.

    Bernie

    February 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    • Is she hot?

      Assneck

      February 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm

  7. I guess that the Fridge must have burned through all of the money he made getting whooped in celebrity boxing by the 7′-7″ human string bean Manute Bol, the dunking Dinka of Sudan. (who only lived to the ripe old age of 47 himself).

    Camlost

    February 3, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    • the Fridge must have burned through all of the money

      ate through all the money is more like it.

      If the Fridge’s playing weight in 1986 was, say, 300 lbs, then he’s put on only 100 lbs in 28 years.

      E. Rekshun

      February 3, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      • Yeah, looking a the photo accompanying the article his currently 400lbs doesn’t seem that much bigger than he did back in his prime.

        He’s only 6-2, and I think his playing weight was around 350 lbs to 380 lbs. At an even 300 lbs he wouldn’t have looked so big next to other NFL players, even in 1986.

        Camlost

        February 4, 2014 at 8:56 am

  8. He weighs 400 pounds and is barely able to walk.

    Yeah. But it’s a healthy 400 pounds.

    destructure

    February 3, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    • There is evidence that “Overweight” BMI of 25 to 30 is healthier than 20 to 25, but at 6’2″ and 400lbs, the fridge clocks in at a BMI of 51.4.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 3, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      • I don’t think that the human form was built to carry 400 lbs. If you look at people who never stop growing, they get various health problems, particularly in the knees.

        Half Canadian

        February 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    • He’s not obese he’s just “big boned.”

      E. Rekshun

      February 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm

  9. He died from a heroin overdose.

    Is heroin an elite or prole drug?

    I recently blogged about the study of NY Times obituaries of famous people which discovered that athletes and performers had the lowest life expectancies.

    Artistic fields have higher rates of mental illness.

    Being famous for a career in business will add six years to your life relative to being a famous performer or athlete.

    Another wonder of value transference. Delegate all the stressful work to underlings while you keep the bonuses and mistresses to yourself.

    Walter Payton is no longer alive. Another example of professional athletes not living as long as other famous people.

    What is the average prole lifespan?

    The Undiscovered Jew

    February 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    • Prole. The only elite drug that I can think of is powder cocaine.

      SC

      February 3, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      • The only elite drug that I can think of is powder cocaine.

        Mmm. Powdered cocaine: Strong enough for a prole, elite enough for a Lion.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        February 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      • About 20 years ago I had a temp job at a courthouse in Connecticut. There were quite a few cocaine (powder, not crack) users among the regular “customers. ” They were NOT sophisticated upscale types. In fact most were among the Wretched of the Earth. Absolute rock bottom losers.

        Peter

        ironrailsironweights

        February 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

      • Upper class people who do drugs don’t get caught as often so you didn’t see them in the courthouse.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 4, 2014 at 10:37 am

      • IMO most drugs that are commonly consumed in the US are class neutral. Take meth, for example. “PROLE” is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about meth, but what about upper middle class gay men who occasionally use meth to enhance sex?

        Heroin addicts can be highly functional. If you’re a heroin addict and you never run out of money for heroin, you might be able to manage your habit in a way that actually elevates your social status, especially if you’re an actor or some sort of artist.

        Robert

        February 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    • Heroin is a hipster drug that has cache because it used to be prole in the 1940s-50s. Of course, Heroin was originally a German pharmaceutical product, so it was fairly elite in the 19th century. Heroin is the choice of upper and middle class drug users who want to have “street cred”. The true prole drugs are Meth and/or alcohol.

      Petr Akuleyev

      February 4, 2014 at 9:04 am

      • Pot is the universal drug now. NAMs, proles and bobos are all smoking up a joint.

        JS

        February 4, 2014 at 9:34 am

      • Upper class people who do drugs don’t get caught as often so you didn’t see them in the courthouse.

        Correct.

        Addicted elites go to “health spas” in Switzerland – or a similarly elite locale – to sober up. Alcoholics Anonymous is for lowly proles.

        Heroin traverses the class divide when actors, new elite kids, and musicians are involved it seems.

        To be fair to the artiste set, the ’70s were the peak of Hollywood drug use. Not that they’re exactly off the wagon now, mind you, but they were swimming in Colombian Gold back then.

        On the plus side, the drugs gave ’70s cinema a creative edge.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        February 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    • Heroin traverses the class divide when actors, new elite kids, and musicians are involved it seems.

      A theory: musicians made it cool, and the resulting romanticism complements the egos of actors and elite kids (who later become adults like PSH).

      Or, it just feels fucking great and it is hard to stop completely once you spike it once or twice.

      I don’t think there is a deep social theory to heroin use. Opiates are an absolutely amazing depression stopper (at least for as long as you are high), and as such are a ‘solution’ which is destined to cross class boundaries. Also, it’s definitely not as prole as some other drugs (amphetamine, crack, Oxycontin).

      Dave

      February 4, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    • Heroin? Elite. A prole cant afford a heroin habit.

      brazilian

      February 4, 2014 at 9:59 pm

  10. Much higher rate of blacks in sport could explain the difference, but it makes sense anyway, professional sport is not a healthy occupation.

    hashed

    February 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm

  11. Hey, your Refrigerator link is to the wrong article.

    Sheila Tone

    February 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm

  12. Your ignorance is appalling. PSH won the 2005 Emmy for Best Actor for Capote

    He also played a great douche bag in Scent of a Woman

    ScarletNumber

    February 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    • You didn’t mention Happiness. Nobody here has, which is odd, because it strikes me as a movie that people here would talk about.

      trumwill

      February 4, 2014 at 12:09 am

      • Happiness is a great film and Hoffman is great in it.

        RBG

        February 4, 2014 at 7:50 am

      • I have never heard of Happiness.

        Although I forgot to mention he was in Moneyball. He played Art Howe, Oakland A’s manager.

        Fun fact about Art Howe: In 2003 the New York Mets wanted him as their manager. However, he was under contract to the A’s. The Mets called the A’s to work out a deal. The A’s thought so little of Howe that they let the Mets have him for nothing.

        ScarletNumber

        February 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm

  13. ” I can’t really say that I heard of this actor before” ————— This surprises me. I assumed I was more clueless than you on the pop culture front and yet I’m familiar with Hoffman.

    Curle

    February 3, 2014 at 11:54 pm

  14. Buster Douglas, the first boxer ever to take down Mike Tyson, ballooned up to almost 400 pounds after his first retirement. He ended up in a diabetic coma, though after recovering actually ended up going back into the ring, going 8-1 before retiring again.

    trumwill

    February 4, 2014 at 12:18 am

  15. OT, but check out this site. Scarlet letter making a comeback? http://shesahomewrecker.com/

    Curle

    February 4, 2014 at 9:44 am

  16. Not knowing Philip Seymour Hoffman is definitely prole. Guy was a legit, intelligent talent.

    Not sure why he had to self-medicate so heavily. Some people seem to have a really hard time with middle age.

    dgsjr63@hotmail.com

    February 4, 2014 at 11:05 am


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