Aug. 8th, 1937
Los Angeles, California, USA
5' 5 1/2"
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Actor (segment "Dame Maggie")
Mr. Bergstrom (Voiced)
Graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955. Went to Santa Monica City College where he dropped out after a year due to bad grades. But before he did, he took an acting course because he was told that "nobody flunks acting." Also received some training at Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. Decided to go into acting because he did not want to work or go into the service. Trained at The Pasadena Playhouse for two years.
- The only actor in history to have top billing in three films that won the Best Picture Oscar: _Midnight Cowboy (1969)_ (qv), _Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)_ (qv) and _Rain Man (1988)_ (qv).
- Had expressed an early desire to play the title role in _Gandhi (1982)_ (qv), but was offered _Tootsie (1982)_ (qv) the same year and ended up taking the latter role. He eventually lost the Oscar that year to 'Ben Kingsley' (qv) who played Gandhi.
- Entered into The Guinness Book of World Records as "Greatest Age Span Portrayed By A Movie Actor" for _Little Big Man (1970)_ (qv) in which he portrayed a character from age 17 to age 121.
- 3/6/70: He and wife 'Anne Byrne Hoffman' (qv) were living in a brownstone on 11th St. in New York City's Greenwich Village when the house next door blew up. Luckily, he and his family weren't home. Members of the radical 1960s domestic terror group The Weathermen were living in that house unknown to anyone and had stored a large cache of explosives that accidentally detonated, killing three of the group's members. 'Henry Fonda' (qv)'s ex-wife, Susan Wager, was also a neighbor in that block and witnessed the explosion.
- Was in talks to appear in _The Verdict (1982)_ (qv).
- As roommates, Hoffman and 'Gene Hackman' (qv) would often go to the apartment rooftop and play the drums. Hoffman played the bongo drums while Hackman played the conga drums. They did it out of their love for 'Marlon Brando' (qv), who they had heard played music in clubs. They wanted to be like Brando and were big fans of his.
- April 2005: Recipient of a Lincoln Center tribute.
- In 1993 he, together with 'Anne Bancroft (I)' (qv), accepted the Oscar for "Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium", on behalf of 'Ruth Prawer Jhabvala' (qv), who wasn't present at the awards ceremony.