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.
- Was Warner Brothers' first consideration for "The Penguin" in _Batman Returns (1992)_ (qv).
- Was interested in playing Shylock in 'Michael Radford' (qv)'s adaptation of 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s "Merchant of Venice": _The Merchant of Venice (2004)_ (qv). However, by the time he contacted Radford, 'Al Pacino' (qv) had already been cast for the role.
- After attending the Pasadena Playhouse, Hoffman decided to move to New York and looked up former Playhouse classmate 'Gene Hackman' (qv). The two of them roomed together in New York at Hackman's one-bedroom apartment on 2nd Ave. and 26th St. Hoffman slept on the kitchen floor. Originally Hackman had offered to let him stay a few nights, but Hoffman would not leave. Hackman had to take him out to look for his own apartment.
- The bathroom scene in _Runaway Jury (2003)_ (qv), where Roar confronts Finch is the first ever dialog in a movie between him and 'Gene Hackman' (qv). It was added when someone on the crew found out that the two, though they had been friends for 50 years, had never starred in a movie together.
- Met actor 'Gene Hackman' (qv) in their first month at Pasadena Playhouse and had several classes with him. Hackman failed out after three months and moved to New York to try his luck as a stage actor.
- As of 2008, he and 'Philip Seymour Hoffman' (qv) are the only two winners of best actor in a leading role at the Oscars to share a last name. Philip won for 'Capote' and Dustin won for 'Kramer vs. Kramer' and 'Rain Man'.
- 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.
- 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).