Dustin Hoffman Biography

Dustin Hoffman is an Oscar winning American actor whose acting career kick started with the epic Hollywood movie ‘The Graduate’. Check out this biography to get detailed information on his life.

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Dustin Lee Hoffman
Nationality
political ideology
Democratic
Birth Date
8th August, 1937 AD
Age
80 Years
Sun Sign
Leo    Leo Men
Height
1.67 m
Born in
Los Angeles
father
Harvey Hoffman
mother
Lillian Gold
siblings
Ronald Hoffman , ,,
Spouse/Partner
Anne Byrne
children
Karina Hoffman-Birkhead, Max Hoffman, Jenna Byrne, Rebecca Hoffman, Alexandra Hoffman, Jake Hoffman,
religion
Jewish
Net worth
$50 million as of Oct 3, 2016
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education
Los Angeles High School, Los Angeles, CA, Santa Monica College (dropped out 1956),
awards
1967 - BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
1967 - Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year
1969 - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1969 - David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor
1969 - Golden Laurel Award for Male Dramatic Performance
1969 - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1979 - National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
1979 - Academy Award for Best Actor
1979 - David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor
1979 - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1979 -Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
1979 - Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
1979 - National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
1979 - New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
1982 - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1982 - Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
1982 - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1982 - National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
1985 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
1985 - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1988 - Academy Award for Best Actor
1988 - David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor
1988 - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1988 - Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
1988 - National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
1988 - New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
1996 - Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award
2004 - MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
2008 - Annie Award for Best Voice Acting
2010 - Genie Award for Best Performance

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Dustin Lee Hoffman is an American actor who has worked in variety of creative ventures in theatre, cinema and television. Hoffman struggled for a good part of his life by working in low budget Off-Broadways in New York and to his confession, he lived under American poverty line until he was 31 years old. But all of this changed when he was casted to play the role of a naïve, confused and lost graduate in the movie ‘The Graduate’. The movie established Hoffman in the Hollywood film industry; before it he had a hard time to land any role because of his unconventional looks but now suddenly everyone was a fan of his exceptional looks and brilliant acting skills. He became the talk of the tinsel town and did huge movies with well established actors like Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Gene Hackman, etc. Some of the other famous movies from Hoffman’s career are, ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ and ‘Rain Man’; for both the movies he won Academy Awards. He has not only contributed to the silver screen but has given many theatrical performances, worked in television movies and even won accolades for voice acting in ‘Kung Fu Panda’.

Childhood & Early Life
  • Dustin Hoffman was born in Los Angeles to Lillian and Harry Hoffman. His father was a prop supervisor at Columbia Pictures and a furniture salesman. He was brought up in a humble Jewish family who were neither religious nor observant.
  • Hoffman went to Los Angeles High School and later attended the Santa Monica College to pursue medicine but he quickly changed his mind and instead enrolled himself at the Pasadena Playhouse to make a career in acting.
Career
  • At the Pasadena Playhouse, Hoffman acquainted with the famous actor, but struggling like him at the time, Gene Hackman. Both the aspiring actors moved to New York but Hoffman did not get many opportunities, owing to his unconventional looks.
  • During the 60s, Hoffman earned a few opportunities to act in Off-Broadway productions and side by side, he studied method acting at Actors Studio. It was finally in 1966 that he performed in a big production, ‘Eh?’ by Henry Livings.
  • In 1967, he acted in his first theatrical film, ‘The Tigers Make Out’ and directed the productions ‘Two for the Seesaw’ and ‘The Time of Your Life’ for the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, for which he received $1000.
  • In the same year, Mike Nichols took his screen test for ‘The Graduate’. He landed the role and it became the biggest sensation in American cinema. His unconventional looks and brilliant acting skills established him as a star.
  • Although, Hoffman’s career had now kick started in Hollywood, he returned back to the Broadway in 1968 to act in ‘Jimmy Shine’. His acting was thoroughly appreciated and he received a Drama Desk Award for it.
  • In 1969, ‘Midnight Cowboy’, an American drama, starring Hoffman, Jon Voight, etc. was released. Hoffman was nominated for the second time for an Academy Award and the movie itself won three Academy Awards.
  • His next big film, ‘Little Big Man’ was released in 1970 and it was considered to be an unconventional movie of that time, more like an anti-establishment film. The movie was very well received by the critics.
  • For the next few years, Hoffman appeared in movies like: ‘Who is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971)’, ‘Straw Dogs (1971)’, ‘Papillon (1973)’ and ‘Lenny (1974)’, for which he received his third Oscar nomination.
  • In 1976, he starred in major films like, ‘All the President’s Men’ and ‘Marathon Man’. These movies were establishing him as a seasoned actor and in the following years he acted in ‘Straight Time (1978)’ and ‘Agatha (1979)’.
  • The year 1979 elevated Hoffman’s position in Hollywood film industry when ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ was released. His role as a workaholic, separated father earned him accolades as well as his first Academy Award.
  • ‘Death of a Salesman’, a TV movie was released in 1985. It was another stepping stone in Hoffman’s career. His acting in the movie was critically acclaimed and he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for it.
  • Next came ‘Ishtar’ in 1987, a comedy movie which was a serious failure in Hoffman’s otherwise shinning film career. He starred in the movie with Warren Beatty. Although it was a big flop but ‘Ishtar’ became a cult film.
  • Another big role in Hoffman’s career came with his portrayal of an autistic savant in ‘Rain Man’ in 1988. He Prepared for his role in the movie for around two years and received his second Oscar for it.
  • In the following year, ‘Family Business’ was released in which Hoffman starred along with Sean Connery and Mathew Broderick. The movie was critically panned but found commercial success on video rentals.
  • Throughout the 90s, he did movies like, ‘Dick Tracy (1990)’, ‘Billy Bathgate (1991)’, ‘Hook (1991)’ in which he played the title role of Captain Hook, ‘Outbreak (1995)’ alongside Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey and ‘Sleepers (1996)’ with Brad Pitt.
  • 1997 proved to be quite a creative year for Hoffman as he did ‘Mad City’ with John Travolta and ‘Wag the Dog’, a black comedy, along with Robert De Niro. With ‘Wag the Dog’ he earned his seventh Academy Award nomination.
  • In the early 2000, he got to perform in movies like, ‘Moonlight Mile (2002)’, ‘Confidence (2003)’, ‘Runaway Jury (2003)’ with his friend from the struggling days, Gene Hackman, and ‘Finding Neverland (2004)’.
  • In 2004, Hoffman and Robert De Niro again worked together after ‘Wag the Dog’ in ‘Meet the Fockers’, a sequel to the movie ‘Meet the Parents’. He won the MTV Movie Award for ‘Best Comedic Performance’ for the movie.
  • He starred in ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ in 2006, which is a comedy-drama-fantasy film, along with Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, etc. And in the same year, he played the perfumer Giuseppe Baldini in ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer’.
  • In 2007, he did an advertising campaign for Australian telecommunications company Telstra's Next G network and appeared in the 50 Cent video ‘Follow My Lead’ as a psychiatrist. He also starred in ‘Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium’.
  • He did voice acting for the animation ‘Kung Fu Panda’ in 2008. It is said that he was reluctant to play the part but his character ‘Shifu’ won him the Annie Award for ‘Voice Acting in an Animated Feature’.
  • In 2011, he reprised his role of ‘Shifu’ in commercially hit film ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ and during the same time directed ‘Quartet’, a BBC Films comedy starring Maggie Smith. Quite recently, he recorded ‘Being There’ for Audible.com.
Major Works
  • Hoffman’s major work is still considered to be ‘The Graduate (1967)’ as it changed the direction of his career as well as his portrayal of ‘Benjamin Braddock’ proved to be a breath of fresh air for the American film industry.
  • ‘Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)’ was another milestone in his career in Hollywood. He acted in the movie opposite Meryl Streep and it earned him his first Academy Award. The movie was a huge hit and received 5 Oscars in total.
Awards & Achievements
  • Hoffman is the proud receiver of four BAFTA awards, five Golden Globe Awards, two Golden Laurel Awards, two Academy Awards, three New York Film Critics Awards, two David di Donatello awards, etc.
  • He Won Two Academy Awards for his performance in 'Kramer vs. Kramer' (1979) and 'Rain Man' (1988)
Personal Life & Legacy
  • In 1969, Hoffman married Anne Byrne. Byrne had a daughter, Jenna, from her previous marriage and the couple adopted a girl, Karina. The used to live in Greenwich Village but got divorced after staying together for 11 years.
  • He married for the second time to a businesswoman, Lisa Hoffman, in 1980. They have four children together: Jacob Edward, Rebecca Lillian, Maxwell Geoffrey and Alexandra Lydia.
Trivia
  • Hoffman was treated for cancer in 2013.

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