Dustin Hoffman

Biography

Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, and 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.

Widely considered one of the finest actors in history, Hoffman first drew critical praise for starring in the play, Eh?, for which he won a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award. This achievement was soon followed by his breakthrough 1967 film role as Benjamin Braddock, the title character in The Graduate. Since that time, Hoffman’s career has largely been focused on the cinema, with sporadic returns to television and to the stage. Hoffman’s notable films include: Midnight CowboyLittle Big ManStraw DogsPapillonLennyMarathon ManAll the President’s MenKramer vs. KramerTootsieRain ManHook, and Wag the Dog. He made his directorial debut in 2012, with Quartet.

Along with 2 Academy Award wins, Hoffman has been nominated for 5 additional Academy Awards, and he was nominated for 13 Golden Globes, winning 6 (including an honorary award). He has won 4 BAFTAs, 3 Drama Desk Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, and a Genie Award. Hoffman received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1999, and the Kennedy Center Honors Award in 2012

Trivia 

Was considered for the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972).
During the filming of Wag the Dog (1997) Hoffman, his co-star Robert De Niro and director Barry Levinson had an impromptu meeting with President Bill Clinton 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.”
October 1997: Ranked #41 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list.
His parents named him Dustin after actor Dustin Farnum.
January 1999: He was awarded $3m in damages and compensation in a case against “Los Angeles” Magazine, because it had printed a digitally altered image of him in a dress (cf. Tootsie (1982)). In July 2001 a federal appeals court overturned the verdict. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that because the photo appeared in an article, not an advertisement, the use of the actor’s likeness did not constitute “commercial speech” and was entitled to the full protection of the 1st Amendment.
Brother-in-law of producer Lee Gottsegen.
Was in early consideration for the role of Rick Deckard in Blade Runner (1982). The role eventually went to Harrison Ford.
Has known Gene Hackman since 1956 when they met at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Has a house in the Kensington area of London.

Filmography

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The Graduate (1967) Movie Trailer

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