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Dustin Hoffman is an Oscar winning American actor whose acting career kick started with the epic Hollywood movie ‘The Graduate’

InformationDetail
BirthdayAugust 8, 1937
NationalityAmerican
FamousCollege Dropouts, Humanitarian, Jewish Actors, Jewish Actresses, California Institute Of The Arts, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
SpousesAnne Byrne
SiblingsRonald Hoffman
Known asDustin Lee Hoffman
Childrens Alexandra Hoffman, Jake Hoffman, Jenna Byrne, Karina Hoffman-Birkhead, Max Hoffman, Rebecca Hoffman
Universities
  • California Institute Of The Arts
  • Los Angeles High School
  • Los Angeles
  • CA
  • Santa Monica College (dropped out 1956)
Notable Alumnis
  • California Institute Of The Arts
Birth PlaceLos Angeles
Political IdeologyDemocratic
ReligionJewish
Height167cm
GenderMale
FatherHarvey Hoffman
MotherLillian Gold
Net Worth$50 million as of Oct 3,2016
Sun SignLeo
Born inLos Angeles

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Who is Dustin Hoffman?

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’.

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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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Dustin Hoffman awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1989Best Actor in a Leading RoleRain Man (1988)
1980Best Actor in a Leading RoleKramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Golden Globe Awards

1989Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaRain Man (1988)
1986Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionDeath of a Salesman (1985)
1983Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalTootsie (1982)
1980Best Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaKramer vs. Kramer (1979)
1968Most Promising Newcomer - MaleThe Graduate (1967)

Primetime Emmy Awards

1986Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialDeath of a Salesman (1985)

BAFTA Awards

1984Best ActorTootsie (1982)
1970Best ActorJohn and Mary (1969)
1970Best ActorMidnight Cowboy (1969)
1969Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film RolesThe Graduate (1967)

MTV Movie & TV Awards

2005Best Comedic PerformanceMeet the Fockers (2004)

People's Choice Awards

1990World-Favorite Motion Picture ActorWinner
1989Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture ActorWinner

Dustin Hoffman biography timelines

  • // 8th Aug 1937
    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.
  • // 1966
    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.
  • // 1967
    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.
  • // 1968
    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.
  • // 1969
    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.
  • // 1969
    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.
  • // 1970
    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.
  • // 1971 To 1974
    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.
  • // 1976
    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)’.
  • // 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.
  • // 1980
    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.
  • // 1985
    ‘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.
  • // 1987
    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.
  • // 1988
    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.
  • // 1990 To 1996
    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
    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.
  • // 2002 To 2004
    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)’.
  • // 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.
  • // 2006
    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’.
  • // 2007
    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’.
  • // 2008
    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’.
  • // 2011
    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.
  • // 2013
    Hoffman was treated for cancer in 2013.

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Dustin Hoffman's FAQ

  • What is Dustin Hoffman birthday?

    Dustin Hoffman was born at 1937-08-08

  • Where is Dustin Hoffman's birth place?

    Dustin Hoffman was born in Los Angeles

  • What is Dustin Hoffman nationalities?

    Dustin Hoffman's nationalities is American

  • Who is Dustin Hoffman spouses?

    Dustin Hoffman's spouses is Anne Byrne

  • Who is Dustin Hoffman siblings?

    Dustin Hoffman's siblings is Ronald Hoffman

  • Who is Dustin Hoffman childrens?

    Dustin Hoffman's childrens is Alexandra Hoffman, Jake Hoffman, Jenna Byrne, Karina Hoffman-Birkhead, Max Hoffman, Rebecca Hoffman

  • What was Dustin Hoffman universities?

    Dustin Hoffman studied at California Institute Of The Arts, Los Angeles High School, Los Angeles, CA, Santa Monica College (dropped out 1956)

  • What was Dustin Hoffman notable alumnis?

    Dustin Hoffman's notable alumnis is California Institute Of The Arts

  • What is Dustin Hoffman's political ideology?

    Dustin Hoffman's political ideology is Democratic

  • What is Dustin Hoffman's religion?

    Dustin Hoffman's religion is Jewish

  • How tall is Dustin Hoffman?

    Dustin Hoffman's height is 167

  • Who is Dustin Hoffman's father?

    Dustin Hoffman's father is Harvey Hoffman

  • Who is Dustin Hoffman's mother?

    Dustin Hoffman's mother is Lillian Gold

  • What is Dustin Hoffman's sun sign?

    Dustin Hoffman is Leo