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
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 - Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer
2006 - The Holiday
2005 - Rumor has it...
2005 - Racing Stripes
2004 - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
2004 - I Heart Huckabees
2004 - Finding Neverland
2004 - Meet the Fockers
2003 - Runaway Jury
2003 - Confidence
2002 - Moonlight Mile
2002 - The Weather Underground
1999 - Joan of Arc
1999 - Being John Malkovich
1998 - Sphere
1997 - Mad City
1997 - Wag the Dog
1996 - Sleepers
1996 - American Buffalo
1995 - Outbreak
1991 - Hook
1991 - Billy Bathgate
1990 - Dick Tracy
1989 - Family Business
1988 - Rain Man
1987 - Ishtar
1984 - Terror in the Aisles
1982 - Tootsie
1979 - Kramer vs. Kramer
1979 - Agatha
1978 - Straight Time
1976 - Marathon Man
1976 - All the President's Men
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.

  • 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.

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