SPH was one of my all-time favourite actors. Although he had roles with higher profile roles, his part as a grumpy CIA agent in Charlie Wilson’s War had him stealing scene after scene. The man was quite possibly the best actor of his generation.
The investigation into his death has turned up an odd Canadian connection. Robert Aaron is acclaimed studio musician. That’s him playing the saxophone on David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.” He can also be heard playing the flute throughout Amy Winehouse’s Frank album. He once toured as a keyboard play for Wyclef Jean’s band. And he’s played with everyone from Mick Jagger to Blondie to Chic.
Aaron’s real name is Robert Vineberg, a Montreal-born musician who records for a Paris-based label called Heavenly Sweetness.
But as the gigs tried up, Vineberg looked at other sources of income. On Tuesday evening, he was one of four people arrested and charged with drug possession and criminal use of drug paraphenalia. It’s alleged that the heroin that killed Phillip Seymour Hoffman can somehow be traced to Vineberg. He’s being held without bail.
Meanwhile, here’s the video for Michael Penn’s “Try.” Watch for Hoffman in a role as a roadie in the same character he played in Boogie Nights.