Dustin Hoffman

Published August 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Date of Birth: August 8, 1937 

Place of Birth:Los Angeles, Calif., USA 

Sign:Sun in Leo, Moon in Virgo 

Relations:Father: Harry (furniture salesman); mother: Lillian (amateur actress); brother: Ronald (attorney); ex-wife: Anne Byrne (ballerina, actress); wife: Lisa Gottsegen (lawyer); kids: Karina (Byrne's daughter from a previous marriage), Jenna (with Byrne), Jacob, Rebecca, Max, Alexandra. 

Education:Attended Santa Monica City College, Pasadena Playhouse, Actor's Studio, Los Angeles Conservatory of Music 


 

SIMPLY PUT, DUSTIN Hoffman is one of the top five actors of this generation. He is blessed with exquisite talents that ignite the screen even when the story involved doesn't necessarily deserve their presence.  

Hoffman began his groundbreaking career by chance, when he took on a role for The Graduate from another great actor, Robert Redford. Hollywood lore has it that not only was the deck stacked against Hoffman because of his size and looks, but also he had one of the more horrendous auditions in theatrical history (as with any urban legend, the audition gets worse with the telling). Despite the odds, director Mike Nichols cast the 30-year-old Hoffman as college student Benjamin Braddock, and immediately, the movie going public knew a new star had arrived.  

Born in Los Angeles in 1937, Hoffman grew up in the business. His father, a Russian Jew who had fled persecution, was a set dresser and prop supervisor at Columbia Pictures; his mother was an actress who gave up her on-screen career to raise children. When he decided to pursue acting, he moved to New York and struck up friendships with two other aspiring actors, Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall. Hoffman worked steadily in theatre before getting a couple of small (and kind of cheesy) film and TV roles. Then came The Graduate.  

He hasn’t looked back since. 

Dustin Hoffman has racked up seven Oscar nominations and four Academy Awards. He is one of the most widely-respected talents whose contributions to American cinema have been time capsules in and of themselves. The Graduate was groundbreaking with regard to sex. Kramer vs. Kramer was the first mainstream film that addressed the issue of – gasp – divorce. Tootsie… well, it was very, very funny. And although nobody could have known how eerily prescient 1997's Wag the Dog would be, that film, too, now stands as a time stamp of the Clinton administration.  

As with almost any actor, Hoffman has made some – okay, several – dogs. One word: Ishtar. Two more words: Outbreak and Sphere. The great movies, however, outnumber the bad ones. 


 

Movies: 


 

1999 Cosm  

1999 The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc  

1998 Sphere  

1997 Wag the Dog  

1997 Mad City  

1996 Sleepers  

1996 American Buffalo  

1995 Outbreak  

1992 Hero  

1991 Hook  

1991 Billy Bathgate  

1990 Dick Tracy  

1989 Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (voice)  

1989 Family Business  

1988 Rain Man  

1987 Ishtar  

1982 Tootsie  

1979 Agatha  

1979 Kramer vs. Kramer  

1978 Straight Time  

1976 All the President's Men  

1976 Marathon Man  

1974 Lenny  

1973 Papillon  

1972 Alfredo, Alfredo  

1971 The Point  

1971 Straw Dogs  

1971 Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?  

1970 Little Big Man  

1969 John and Mary  

1969 Midnight Cowboy  

1968 El Millَn de Madigan  

1967 The Graduate  

1967 The Tiger Makes Out  


 

TV: 


 

1999 A Salute to Dustin Hoffman  

1998 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies  

1991 A Wish for Wings That Work  

1985 Death of a Salesman  

1967 The Star Wagon  

1966 The Journey of the Fifth Horse  

1950 The Joe Franklin Show  

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