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Also Known As: Dustin Lee Hoffman Died:
Born: August 8, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, director, writer, producer, waiter, typist, dishwasher, attendant at psychiatric institution, janitor, demonstrator at Macy's toy department

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Dustin Hoffman emerged as a key figure in the Hollywood Renaissance period of the 1960s and 1970s, personifying identifiable misfits and antiheroes in films embraced by a new breed of filmgoer. After struggling on and off Broadway, the Strasberg-trained actor rocketed to fame as the star of director Mike Nichols' seminal "The Graduate" (1967). Chameleon-like characters in such diverse efforts as "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), "Little Big Man" (1970), "Straw Dogs" (1971) and "Papillon" (1973) solidified his growing reputation. The one-two punch of the hits "All the President's Men" (1976) and "Marathon Man" (1976) proved Hoffman could deliver at the box office as well. More so than any other actor of the period, he pleased critics and fans alike with his performances in "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979), "Tootsie" (1982) and "Rain Man" (1988), winning Best Actor Oscars for two of these three nominated performances. Over the decades that followed, Hoffman divided his energies between strong supporting work in projects like "Sleepers" (1996) and sharing top-billing with fellow heavy weights like Robert De Niro in such films as "Wag the Dog" (1997). In the new millennium, he enjoyed a creative and commercial...

Dustin Hoffman emerged as a key figure in the Hollywood Renaissance period of the 1960s and 1970s, personifying identifiable misfits and antiheroes in films embraced by a new breed of filmgoer. After struggling on and off Broadway, the Strasberg-trained actor rocketed to fame as the star of director Mike Nichols' seminal "The Graduate" (1967). Chameleon-like characters in such diverse efforts as "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), "Little Big Man" (1970), "Straw Dogs" (1971) and "Papillon" (1973) solidified his growing reputation. The one-two punch of the hits "All the President's Men" (1976) and "Marathon Man" (1976) proved Hoffman could deliver at the box office as well. More so than any other actor of the period, he pleased critics and fans alike with his performances in "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979), "Tootsie" (1982) and "Rain Man" (1988), winning Best Actor Oscars for two of these three nominated performances. Over the decades that followed, Hoffman divided his energies between strong supporting work in projects like "Sleepers" (1996) and sharing top-billing with fellow heavy weights like Robert De Niro in such films as "Wag the Dog" (1997). In the new millennium, he enjoyed a creative and commercial resurgence with a run of playful comic performances in "I [Heart] Huckabees" (2004), "Meet the Fockers" (2004), and the hit animated feature "Kung Fu Panda" (2008). Hoffman boasted a film career that spanned more than four decades and consistently delved into new creative territory, validating his status as one of the most gifted actors of his generation or any other.

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1.
 Chef (2014)
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 Cobbler, The (2014)
3.
 Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
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 Barney's Version (2010)
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 Little Fockers (2010)
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 Kung Fu Panda (2008)
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Worked as an attendant in a psychiatric hospital, as a waiter, a dishwasher, a typist, a Times Square headline crier during a newspaper strike and as a toy salesman at Macy's
1960:
Stage debut, "Yes Is For a Very Young Man" at Sarah Lawrence College
1961:
Broadway stage debut, "A Cook For Mr. General"
1961:
TV acting debut, "Sweet Prince of Delancey Street" episode of "Naked City" (ABC)
1964:
Joined the Theatre Company of Boston and appeared in "Endgame", "The Quare Fellow", "In the Jungle of Cities" and other plays
1965:
Appeared in "Harry, Noon and Night" at the American Place Theater, NYC
1965:
Served as assistant to the director (Ulu Grosbard) on off-Broadway revival of "A View From the Bridge"
1965:
Worked as stage manager for "The Subject Was Roses" on Broadway; directed by Ulu Grosbard
1967:
Feature acting debut, "Tiger Makes Out"
1967:
Breakthrough screen role as Benjamin Braddock in Mike Nichols' "The Graduate"; recieved first Oscar nomination as Best Actor
1968:
Broadway directorial debut, "Jimmy Shine"
1969:
Earned second Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his mesmerizing performance as Ratso Rizzo in "Midnight Cowboy"
1973:
Co-starred with Steve McQueen in the crime drama "Papillon"
1974:
Directed Broadway production of "All Over Town"
1974:
Appeared in the ABC children's TV special "Marlo Thomas and Friends in Free to Be...You and Me"
1974:
Received third Best Actor Oscar nomination as comedian Lenny Bruce in Bob Fosse's biopic "Lenny"
1978:
Began directing film, "Straight Time" (turned over to Ulu Grosbard)
1979:
Earned Best Actor Oscar as a separated father coping with parenting in "Kramer vs. Kramer"
1982:
Delivered a brilliant performance as an out-of-work actor who resorts to drag to win a role in the comedy "Tootsie"; nominated for a Best Actor Oscar
1985:
Executive produced and starred as Willy Loman in CBS special "Death of a Salesman" (which he had previously done in a revival onstage)
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Founded Punch Productions
1988:
Won second Oscar as Best Actor for his turn as an autistic man in Barry Levinson's "Rain Man"; also first collaboration with the director
1991:
Provided a guest voice for "The Simpsons" (Fox) as Lisa's beloved Jewish substitute teacher; credited as "Sam Etic"
1995:
Inducted into the French Order of Arts and Letters
1997:
Received rave reviews for his portrayal of a Hollywood producer (reportedly based on Robert Evans) in Barry Levinson's political satire "Wag the Dog"; earned Best Actor Academy Award nomination
1998:
Reteamed with Levinson for "Sphere"
1999:
Produced "The Blouse Man," which marked the directorial debut of actor Tony Goldwyn
2001:
Announced to make feature directorial debut with "Personal Injuries"
2002:
Played opposite Susan Sarandon in the touching drama "Moonlight Mile"
2003:
Played a mob boss in the drama "Confidence"
2003:
Co-starred in the thriller "Runaway Jury"
2004:
Cast as Ben Stiller's father in "Meet the Fockers," the follow-up to 2000's hit "Meet the Parents"
2004:
Starred opposite Johnny Depp in "Finding Neverland," which detailed the experiences of 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie
2004:
Starred opposite Jude Law and Naomi Watts in David O. Russell's comedy "I Heart Huckabees"
2006:
Cast in Andy Garcia's feature directorial debut "The Lost City"
2006:
Co-starred as a literary expert opposite Will Ferrell in the Marc Forster comedy "Stranger Than Fiction"
2007:
Played an eccentric toy shop owner in the fantasy film "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"
2008:
Voiced the character of kung fu master Shifu in the animated feature "Kung Fu Panda"
2008:
Co-starred with Emma Thompson in the romantic comedy "Last Chance Harvey"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
2010:
Played Paul Giamatti's father in "Barney's Version"
2010:
Reprised role of Ben Stiller's father Bernie Focker in the comedy sequel "Little Fockers"
2011:
Once again voiced kung fu master Shifu in "Kung Fu Panda 2"
2012:
Co-starred with Nick Nolte and Gary Stevens on the horse-racing drama "Luck" (HBO); show cancelled in March 2012 during season two production following death of third horse on set.
2012:
Feature directorial debut, "Quartet"; film starred Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, and Billy Connolly as retired opera singers
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Education

Los Angeles High School: Los Angeles , California -
Santa Monica City College: Santa Monica , California -
Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and Arts: Los Angeles , California -
Pasadena Playhouse: Pasadena , California - 1958

Notes

According to Mel Brooks, he had planned to cast Dustin Hoffman as Franz Liebkind in "The Producers" before Hoffman landed his star-making role in "The Graduate" opposite Brooks' wife Anne Bancroft.

In 1997. Hoffman filed a $5 million lawsuit against Los Angeles magazine which published a computer-altered image of the actor in character from "Tootsie" modeling designer clothing. The actor, who had not given his permission for the photograph, claimed in his suit that it hurt his career and that he would be paid a great a deal of money to model clothes. The US District Court judge agreed and in January 1999 awarded $1.5 million in damages.

"Every day is a rebirth," says the actor. "I am no longer the person I was yesterday. The events of the day, in imperceptible ways, change what we can't consciously recognize."---Hoffman to The Toronto Sun, October 2, 1996.

"Our whole idea of women as physical objects is drilled into us from birth and changes little, no matter how savvy we get in other ways. I thought I played a really interesting woman in "Tootsie," but then one day I realized I probably wouldn't have sought me out at a party because I wasn't stunningly beautiful. That made me cry at my own shallowness."---Hoffman to Calgary Sun, January 15, 1998.

"Dustin starts off playing head games and progresses to physical pranks."---Jake Gyllenhaal, Hoffman's Moonlight Mile co-star to Calgary Sun, September 11, 2002.

"Here's the thing. If you can get past the big crime in our industry, which is getting older, and once you embrace the so-called limitations of what we call life, then it becomes a part of your work."---Hoffman to Confidence, August 22, 2003.

"We were coming out as actors at a time Hollywood was marketing people like Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter and Troy Donahue. Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall and I had mirrors. We weren't pretty boys. We were not what Hollywood considered leading men material. We were character actors. We were ugly."---Hoffman to Calgary Sun, October 22, 2003.

"I'm going to have the same regrets five years from now. And that is, looking at old photographs and thinking why didn't I understand how lucky I was? Why didn't I feel full? Why didn't I cherish it more, as it was happening? Why was so much of it just taken for granted?"---Hoffman on his regrets to GQ, December 2004.

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wife:
Anne Byrne. Ballerina. Married on May 4, 1969; divorced in 1980.
wife:
Lisa Hoffman. Former lawyer. Married on October 21, 1980.

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father:
Harvey Hoffman. Set designer, furniture designer. First-generation Russian Jew; worked as a prop supervisor at Columbia before becoming a furniture salesman.
mother:
Lillian Hoffman. Suffered a heart attack and then a stroke in June, 1980.
brother:
Ron Hoffman. Former economics professor, lawyer. Older.
daughter:
Karina Hoffman-Birkhead. Born c. 1966; adopted; mother, Anne Byrne; father Byrne's first husband; convicted of embezzlement in London in 1998.
daughter:
Jenna Hoffman. Photographer. Born October 15, 1970; mother, Anne Byrne.
son:
Jacob Hoffman. Actor. Born March 20, 1981 with hyaline membrane (a disease of underdeveloped lungs); mother Lisa Gottsegen; appeared in a pirate baseball scene in "Hook" (1991).
daughter:
Rebecca Hoffman. Born March 17, 1983; mother Lisa Gottsegen; appeared as Jane in school play in "Hook" (1991).
son:
Max Hoffman. Born August 30, 1984; mother Lisa Gottsegen; played Peter Pan at age five in "Hook" (1991).
daughter:
Alexandra Hoffman. Born c. 1997; mother Lisa Gottsegen.
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