Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman

Aug. 8th, 1937
Born in
Los Angeles, California, USA
5' 5 1/2"

Dustin Hoffman's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies TV Show
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies
Sunday Morning Shootout TV Show
Sunday Morning Shootout
Tinseltown TV (UK) TV Show
Tinseltown TV (UK)

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Chef
2013 - Casting By
2010 - Little Fockers
2010 - Barney's Version
2009 - Last Chance Harvey
2008 - Kung Fu Panda
2008 - The Tale of Despereaux
2007 - Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
2006 - The Holiday
2006 - Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer
2005 - Racing Stripes
2005 - Rumor has it...
2004 - I Heart Huckabees
2004 - Meet the Fockers
2004 - Finding Neverland
2004 - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
2003 - Runaway Jury
2003 - Confidence
2002 - Moonlight Mile
2002 - The Weather Underground
1999 - Joan of Arc
1999 - Being John Malkovich
1998 - Sphere
1997 - Wag the Dog
1997 - Mad City
1996 - Sleepers
1996 - American Buffalo
1995 - Outbreak
1991 - Billy Bathgate
1991 - Hook
1990 - Dick Tracy
1989 - Family Business
1988 - Rain Man
1987 - Ishtar
1984 - Terror in the Aisles
1982 - Tootsie
1979 - Agatha
1979 - Kramer vs. Kramer
1978 - Straight Time
1976 - All the President's Men
1976 - Marathon Man
1974 - Lenny
1973 - Papillon
1971 - Straw Dogs
1970 - Little Big Man
1969 - Midnight Cowboy
1968 - Madigan's Millions
1967 - The Graduate

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Actor (segment "Dame Maggie")
Chester Bernstein
Mr. Bergstrom (Voiced)
Ben Braddock
[Complete List]


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.

  • 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.
  • His performance as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels in _Tootsie (1982)_ (qv) is ranked #33 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • He was a neighbor of 'Mel Brooks' (qv) in New York and was set to play the role of Franz Liebkind in Brooks' first film, _The Producers (1968)_ (qv). Just before production was to commence, Hoffman was offered the role of Ben Braddock in _The Graduate (1967)_ (qv), co-starring Brooks' wife 'Anne Bancroft (I)' (qv), and asked to be let out of his contract. The role of Liebkind eventually went to 'Kenneth Mars' (qv).
  • During the filming of _Wag the Dog (1997)_ (qv) Hoffman, his co-star 'Robert De Niro' (qv) and director 'Barry Levinson (I)' (qv) had an impromptu meeting with President 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv) at a Washington hotel. "So what's this movie about?" Clinton asked De Niro. De Niro looked over to Levinson, hoping he would answer the question. Levinson, in turn, looked over to Hoffman. Hoffman, realizing there was no one else to pass the buck to, is quoted as saying, "So I just started to tap dance. I can't even remember what I said."
  • Was in talks to appear in _The Verdict (1982)_ (qv).
  • While filming _Finding Neverland (2004)_ (qv) lost the tip of a finger and performed one day of shooting on morphine.
  • Good friends with "The Graduate" (1967) co-star 'Katharine Ross' (qv).
  • Was an L.A. high school classmate of 'Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.' (qv).

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