Philip Seymour Hoffman was remembered by his writer friend Stephen Adly Guirgis on stage at the Steinberg Playwright Awards this week (beg17Nov14).

Guirgis was honoured with the 2014 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award during the ceremony at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan on Monday night (17Nov14), and he took time to remember his friend and collaborator.

The writer, who worked on a number of projects with the actor, used his speech to tell the audience about a card Hoffman gave him prior to the opening of one of his plays, saying, "I see this card, and it just says, 'Steve. I love you, I hope to grow old with you, I want to be there when you die. Phil.' So I read this thing and I was blown away..."

He went on to joke, "Then I was like, 'I hope to be there when you die?' This (guy) assumes that he's gonna... outlive me!"