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Born: August 8, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Cast ...
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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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