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Birthday: August 8, 1937
Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5' 6"
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| The emergence of Dustin Hoffman in 1967 heralded the arrival of a new era of Hollywood stardom. Diminutive, wiry and unassuming, he was anything but the usual matinee idol, yet he quickly distinguished himself among the most popular and celebrated screen performers of his generation. A notoriously difficult talent famous for his battles with directors as well as his total immersion in his performances, Hoffman further battled against stereotypes by accepting roles which cast him firmly as an antihero, often portraying troubled, even tragic figures rarely destined for a happy ending. By extension, he broke new ground for all actors — not only were stars no longer limited to heroic, larger-than-life characterizations, but in his wake virtually anyone, regardless of their seeming physical limitations, could attain success on the big screen.Born August 8, 1937 in Los Angeles, Hoffman originally studied to become a doctor, but later focused his attentions on acting, performing regularly at the Pasadena Playhouse alongside fellow aspirant Gene Hackman. Upon relocating to New York City, he worked a series of odd jobs, landing the occasional small television role and later touring in summer stock. Frustrated by his lack of greater success, Hoffman once even left acting to teach, but in 1960 he won a role in the off-Broadway production Yes Is for a Very Young Man. After 1961's A Cook for Mr. General, however, he continued to struggle, and did not reappear onstage for several years, in the meantime studying with Lee Strasberg at the Actors' Studio and becoming a dedicated Method actor. Finally, in 1964 Hoffman appeared in a string of theatrical projects including productions of Waiting for Godot and The Dumbwaiter. Two years later he won a Best Actor Obie for his work in The Journey of the Fifth Horse.In 1967 Hoffman made his film debut with a tiny role in the feature The Tiger Makes Out, a similarly brief appearance in Un Dollaro per Sette Vigliachi followed later that same year, as did a highly-acclaimed turn in the theatrical farce Eh? It was here that he was first spotted by director Mike Nichols, who cast him in the lead role in his 1967 black comedy The Graduate. Though 30 at the time of filming, Hoffman was perfectly cast as an alienated college student, and his work won him not only an Oscar nomination but also made him a hugely popular performer with the youth market. His status as a burgeoning counterculture hero was solidified thanks to his work in John Schlesinger's 1969 Academy Award winner Midnight Cowboy, which earned Hoffman a second Oscar bid. While the follow-up, the romance John and Mary, was a disappointment, in 1970 he starred in Arthur Penn's Little Big Man, delivering a superb portrayal of an Indian fighter — a role which required him to age 100 years.Directed by his longtime friend Ulu Grosbard, 1971's Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? was Hoffman's first outright failure. He next starred in Sam Peckinpah's harrowing Straw Dogs, a film which earned harsh criticism during its original release but which, like much of Peckinpah's work, was later the subject of much favorable reassessment. In 1973 Hoffman co-starred with Steve McQueen in the prison drama Papillon, which returned him to the ranks of box-office success before he starred as the legendary stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce in Bob Fosse's 1974 biography Lenny, a stunning portrayal which earned him a third Academy Award nomination. Another real-life figure followed as Hoffman portrayed Carl Bernstein opposite Robert Redford's Bob Woodward in All the President's Men, Alan J. Pakula's riveting docudrama on the Watergate break-in.Next, Hoffman reteamed with director Schlesinger for 1976's Marathon Man, which cast him alongside Laurence Olivier and scored another major hit. The1978 Straight Time, a pet project helmed by Grosbard, was critically acclaimed but a financial disappointment, and 1979's Agatha pleased neither audiences nor the media. The 1979 domestic drama Kramer vs. Kramer, on the other hand, was a major success with both camps, and Hoffman's portrayal of a divorced father finally earned him an Academy Award on his fourth attempt at the prize. He also won a Golden Globe, as well as honors from the New York and Los Angeles critics. Hoffman's next film, the Sydney Pollack-helmed 1982 comedy Tootsie, was even more successful at the box office. Starring as an out-of-work actor who dresses in drag to win a role on a soap opera, he earned yet another Oscar nomination as the film grossed nearly 0 million during its theatrical release.After a long absence, Hoffman returned to the stage in 1984 to portray Willy Loman in a Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman. A year later, he reprised the performance for a CBS television special, earning an Emmy and another Golden Globe. He did not return to films until 1987, when he shared top billing with Warren Beatty in Elaine May's disastrous comedy Ishtar. In the wake of the big-budget project's chilly audience reception, any number of films were discussed as a follow-up, but after much debate Hoffman finally agreed to co-star with Tom Cruise in Barry Levinson's 1988's Rain Man. His performance as a middle-aged autistic won a second "Best Actor" Oscar, and helped spur the picture to become a major financial as well as critical success. The following year Hoffman again turned to Broadway to star as Shylock in a presentation of The Merchant of Venice, followed by the motion picture Family Business, in which he starred with Sean Connery and Matthew Broderick.After making an unbilled and virtually unrecognizable cameo appearance in Beatty's 1990 comic strip adaptation Dick Tracy, Hoffman starred in the 1991 crime drama Billy Bathgate, the first in a string of films which saw his drawing power gradually diminishing throughout the decade. That same year he starred as Captain Hook opposite Robin Williams' portrayal of an adult Peter Pan in the Steven Spielberg fantasy Hook, a major disappointment for all involved; after 1992's Hero proved similarly lackluster, Hoffman disappeared from the screen for three years. His comeback film, the adventure tale Outbreak, performed moderately well at the box office, but the follow-up, Michael Corrente's oft-delayed adaptation of the David Mamet drama American Buffalo, saw only limited release. Hoffman next joined an ensemble cast also including Robert De Niro and Brad Pitt in Levinson's 1996 drama Sleepers, trailed a year later by Costa-Gavras' Mad City, Sphere and Wag the Dog followed, the latter of which netted Hoffman another Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of Stanley Motss, a neurotic producer reportedly based on Robert Evans. In April of 1999, Hoffman was honored by the American Film Institute in A Tribute to Dustin Hoffman, a televised ceremony in which he was presented with an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
- 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."
- Ranked #41 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
- Father of Jake Hoffman.
- Father of Rebecca Hoffman.
- Father of Maxwell Hoffman.
- Father of Jenna Byrne
- His parents named him Dustin after actor Dustin Farnum
- Slept over at Gene Hackman and his wife's apartment in Manhattan when he was a struggling actor.
- In January 1999, Hoffman was awarded million in damages and compensation in a case against Los Angeles Magazine, because they had printed a digitally-altered image of Hoffman 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.
- Has a house in the Kensington area of London.
- On March 6, 1970, he and his wife Anne were living in a brownstone on 11th St. in NYC's Greenwich Village when the house next door blew up. Luckily, he and his family weren't home. Members of the radical 60s domestic terror group, Weathermen, were living in that house unbeknownst to anyone and had stored a large cache of explosives that accidentally detonated, killing 3 of the group's members. Henry Fonda's ex wife, Susan Wager, was also a neighbor in that block who witnessed the explosion.
- He was a neighbor of Mel Brooks in New York and was set to play the role of Leo Bloom in Brooks's first film, The Producers (1968). Just before production was to commence, Hoffman was offered the role of Ben Braddock in The Graduate (1967), co-starring Brooks' wife Anne Bancroft and asked to be let out of his contract. The role of Bloom eventually went to Gene Wilder.
- Met actor Gene Hackman in the first month at Pasadena Playhouse. Had several classes with him. Hackman failed out after 3 months and moved to New York to continue being a stage actor.
- After The Pasadena Playhouse, Hoffman decided to move to New York and looked up Gene Hackman. The two of them roomed together in New York at Hackman's one bedroom apartment on 2nd ½ and 26th Street. 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.
- Another thespian he roomed with in New York was Robert Duvall.
- As roommates, Hoffman and Gene Hackman 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, who they had heard played music in clubs. They wanted to be like Brando and were big fans of his.
- Entered into The Guinness Book of World Records as "Greatest Age Span Portrayed By A Movie Actor" for Little Big Man (1970) in which he portrayed a character from age 17 to age 121.
- Despite being old friends and roommates with both Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall back in the '60's, it was literally decades before he appeared on screen with either. He finally starred with Hackman in Runaway Jury (2003), and with Duvall in The Lost City (2005).
- He was voted the 28th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
- Was interested in playing Shylock in Michael Radford's adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004). However, by the time he contacted Radford, Al Pacino had already been cast for the role.
- While filming Finding Neverland (2004) lost the tip of a finger and performed one day of shooting on morphine.
- In 1984 he played the part of Willie Loman in a revival of "Death of a Salesman" on Broadway. The production won a Tony for Best Reproduction. However, his performance was looked down upon by critics and was snubbed by the Tony committee, even though he won a Drama Desk award. In 1985 he reprised this role for TV and got his revenge on the theater world by winning an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for his performance.
- In 1990, he played Shylock in a revival of Shakespeare's "The Merchant Of Venice" on Broadway for which he received a Tony nomination as Best Actor (Play).
- Has appeared in two films about Peter Pan (Hook (1991) and Finding Neverland (2004)). Following his appearance in "Hook", his close friend and former roommate Gene Hackman began calling him "Hook" in a jocular manner. The name stuck and his contemporaries call him by his nickname to this day.
- Both he and Robert Duvall 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.
- Recipient of a Lincoln Center tribute in April 2005.
- Had expressed an early desire to play the title role in Gandhi (1982), but was offered Tootsie (1982) the same year and ended up taking the latter role. He eventually lost the Oscar that year to Ben Kingsley who played Gandhi.
- In 1993, he (together with Anne Bancroft) accepted the Oscar for "Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium" on behalf of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony
- He was so boyish looking at age 30 that he played a generation younger than Anne Bancroft in The Graduate (1967), even though she is only six years older than him.
- He is from a family of Polish Jews.
- Was considered for the role of Beau Burruoghs in Rumor Has It... (2005), but the part eventually went to Kevin Costner.
- Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger envisioned a cast of Al Pacino, Julie Christie and Laurence Olivier 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, who disparaged the vertically challenged Pacino as "The Midget" when Francis Ford Coppola wanted him for The Godfather (1972) 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! 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 (who, ironically, became Pacino's lover after co-starring with him in Bobby Deerfield (1977)). Of his dream cast, Schlesinger only got Olivier, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
- His performance as "Ratso" Rizzo in "Midnight Cowboy" (1969) is ranked #7 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- His performance as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels in "Tootsie" (1982) is ranked #33 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- His performance as Raymond Babbitt in "Rain Man" (1988) is ranked #88 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- His performance as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels in "Tootsie" (1982) is ranked #39 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- His performance as "Ratso" Rizzo in "Midnight Cowboy" (1969) is ranked #33 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- Two of his films are on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are "Rain Man" (1988) at #63 and "All the President's Men" (1976) at #34.
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