Aug. 8th, 1937
Los Angeles, California, USA
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Dustin Lee Hoffman (born August 8, 1937) is an American actor with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters.
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.
He first drew critical praise for starring in the play Eh?, for which he won a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award. This was soon followed by his breakthrough 1967 film role as Benjamin Braddock, the title character in The Graduate. Since then, Hoffman's career has largely been focused on cinema, with sporadic returns to television and the stage. His subsequent notable films include Midnight Cowboy, Little Big Man, Straw Dogs, Papillon, Lenny, Marathon Man, All the President's Men, Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man, Hook and Wag the Dog.
Hoffman has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning two (for his performances in Kramer vs. Kramer and Rain Man), thirteen Golden Globes, winning six (including an honorary one) and has won four BAFTAs, three Drama Desk Awards, a Genie Award, and an Emmy Award. Hoffman received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1999, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012.
Hoffman had his directorial debut in 2012, with Quartet.
Hoffman married Anne Byrne (May 1969). Hoffman adopted Karina (b. 1966), Byrne's child from a previous marriage, and with Byrne had daughter Jenna (b. October 15, 1970). In 1970, Hoffman and Byrne were living in Greenwich Village in a building next door to a townhouse occupied by members of the Weathermen, when a bomb was accidentally detonated in the townhouse's basement, killing three people. In the 2002 documentary The Weather Underground, Hoffman can be seen standing in the street during the aftermath of the explosion. The couple divorced in (1980).
He married businesswoman Lisa Hoffman (née Gottsegen) in October 1980; they have four children – Jacob Edward (b. March 20, 1981), Rebecca Lillian (b. March 17, 1983), Maxwell Geoffrey (b. August 30, 1984), and Alexandra Lydia (b. October 27, 1987). Hoffman also has two grandchildren. In an interview, he said that all of his children from his second marriage had bar or bat mitzvahs and that he is a more observant Jew now than when he was younger; he has also lamented that he is not fluent in Hebrew.
A political liberal, Hoffman has long supported the Democratic Party and Ralph Nader. In 1997, he was one of a number of Hollywood stars and executives to sign an open letter to then-German Chancellor Helmut Kohl protesting the treatment of Scientologists in Germany, which was published as a newspaper advertisement in the International Herald Tribune.
In 2009, he received the freedom of the Italian city Ascoli Piceno for being there during 1972 to shoot the movie Alfredo, Alfredo by Pietro Germi, where he played the role of Alfredo Sbisà.
Hoffman is a lifelong fan of Archie Comics and owns a copy of every single issue ever printed.
Hoffman received Kennedy Center Honors in 2012, with the following commendation: "Dustin Hoffman's unyielding commitment to the wide variety of roles he plays has made him one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors of this or any other generation".
Hoffman was successfully treated for cancer in 2013.
- He is from a family of Polish Jews.
- 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.
- 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.
- Despite being old friends and roommates with 'Gene Hackman' (qv) back in the 1960s, it was literally decades before he appeared on screen with him. He finally starred with Hackman in _Runaway Jury (2003)_ (qv).
- His performance as "Ratso" Rizzo in _Midnight Cowboy (1969)_ (qv) is ranked #7 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- Oscar-winning director 'John Schlesinger (I)' (qv) envisioned a cast of 'Al Pacino' (qv), 'Julie Christie (I)' (qv) and 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) for "Marathon Man" (1976). Pacino has said that the only actress he had ever wanted to work with was Christie, who he claimed was "the most poetic of actresses." Producer 'Robert Evans (I)' (qv), who disparaged the vertically challenged Pacino as "The Midget" when 'Francis Ford Coppola' (qv) wanted him for _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv) and had thought of firing him during the early shooting of the now-classic film, vetoed Pacino for the lead. Instead, Evans insisted on the casting of the even-shorter 'Dustin Hoffman' (qv)! On her part, Christie -- who was notoriously finicky about accepting parts, even in prestigious, sure-fire material -- turned down the female lead, which was then taken by 'Marthe Keller' (qv) (who, ironically, became Pacino's lover after co-starring with him in _Bobby Deerfield (1977)_ (qv)). Of his dream cast, Schlesinger only got Olivier, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
- Both he and 'Robert Duvall' (qv) said one of the best reasons why they went to acting classes were the girls. When they were young, the classes were a gold mine to them.
- He was voted the 28th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.