Dustin Hoffman

Actor, Director, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/07/1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (138)

The Program 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Against the Tide 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Chef 2014 (Movie)

Riva (Actor)

The Soup 1991 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

All The President's Men Revisited 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Boychoir 2013 (Movie)

Mr. Carvelle (Actor)

The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Luck 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 17th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 (Movie)

Shifu (Voice)

Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Voice

Barney's Version 2010 (Movie)

Izzy Panofsky (Actor)

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross 2008 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Fockers 2010 (Movie)

Bernie Focker (Actor)

The British Academy Film Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Ace of Cakes 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Habitat for Humanity 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Kung Fu Panda 2008 (Movie)

Shifu (Voice)

Last Chance Harvey 2008 (Movie)

Harvey Shine (Actor)

The Tale of Despereaux 2008 (Movie)

Roscuro (Voice)

Trumbo 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium 2007 (Movie)

Mr. Edward Magorium, Avid Shoe-Wearer (Actor)

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth to America! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2006 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Perfume: the Story of A Murderer 2006 (Movie)

Giuseppe Baldini (Actor)

Stranger Than Fiction 2006 (Movie)

Professor Jules Hilbert (Actor)

The Lost City 2006 (Movie)

Meyer Lansky (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Racing Stripes 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Tucker (Actor)

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Finding Neverland 2004 (Movie)

Charles Frohman (Actor)

I Heart Huckabees 2004 (Movie)

Bernard Jaffe (Actor)

Introducing Graham Norton 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Meet the Fockers 2004 (Movie)

Bernie Focker (Actor)

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Confidence 2003 (Movie)

The King (Actor)

Runaway Jury 2003 (Movie)

Wendall Rohr (Actor)

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

A Home For the Holidays With Mariah Carey 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI Awards 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dustin Hoffman: First in His Class 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Goldwyn 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Moonlight Mile 2002 (Movie)

Ben Floss (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual American Comedy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Messenger: the Story of Joan of Arc 1999 (Movie)

Joan's Conscience (Actor)

Gene Hackman: Portrait of an Artist 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sphere 1998 (Movie)

Dr Norman Goodman (Actor)

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad City 1997 (Movie)

Max Brackett (Actor)

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

Stanley Motss (Actor)

American Buffalo 1996 (Movie)

Teach (Actor)

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

Danny Snyder (Actor)

Inside the Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Outbreak 1995 (Movie)

Colonel Sam Daniels MD (Actor)

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Aretha Franklin: Duets 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Champlin on Film 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hero 1992 (Movie)

Bernie LaPlante (Actor)

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah: Behind the Scenes 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Bathgate 1991 (Movie)

Dutch Schultz (Actor)

Hook 1991 (Movie)

Captain James Hook (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1991 (Tv Show)

Voice

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Mumbles (Actor)

The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Business 1989 (Movie)

Vito (Actor)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Rain Man 1988 (Movie)

Raymond Babbitt (Actor)

Ishtar 1987 (Movie)

Chuck Clarke (Actor)

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Censored Bloopers 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Tootsie 1982 (Movie)

Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels (Actor)

Agatha 1979 (Movie)

Wally Stanton (Actor)

Kramer vs. Kramer 1979 (Movie)

Ted Kramer (Actor)

Bette Midler -- Ol' Red Hair Is Back 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Straight Time 1978 (Movie)

Max Dembo (Actor)

All the President's Men 1976 (Movie)

Carl Bernstein (Actor)

Marathon Man 1976 (Movie)

Babe Levy (Actor)

Lenny 1974 (Movie)

Lenny Bruce (Actor)

Papillon 1973 (Movie)

Dega (Actor)

Alfredo, Alfredo 1972 (Movie)

Alfredo (Actor)

Straw Dogs 1971 (Movie)

David Sumner (Actor)

Little Big Man 1970 (Movie)

Jack Crabb (Little Big Man) (Actor)

John and Mary 1969 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Madigan's Millions 1969 (Movie)

Jason Fister (Actor)

Midnight Cowboy 1969 (Movie)

Ratso (Actor)

The Graduate 1967 (Movie)

Benjamin Braddock (Actor)

The Tiger Makes Out 1967 (Movie)

Hap (Actor)

Death of a Salesman (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Kids (TV Show)

Voice

New York at the Movies (TV Show)

Actor

Remember Pearl Harbor (Movie)

(Voice)
Producer (4)

Quartet 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Wide Blue Road 2001 (Movie)

presented by(restored print) (Producer)

A Walk on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Devil's Arithmetic (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (4)

Last Chance Harvey 2008 (Movie)

("Shoot The Breeze") (Song Performer)

Last Chance Harvey 2008 (Movie)

("Shoot The Breeze") (Song)

Ishtar 1987 (Movie)

("Half Hour Song" "Sitting on the Edge of My Life" "Harem Girl" "My Lips on Fire" "Have-Not Blues" "Wardrobe of Love") (Song Performer)

Ishtar 1987 (Movie)

songs("Half Hour Song" "Sitting on the Edge of My Life" "Harem Girl") (Song)
Director (1)

Quartet 2012 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (2)

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Archival Footage

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Archival Footage

Biography

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.

Relationships

Anne Byrne Hoffman Actor

Wife
Married on May 4, 1969 Divorced on Oct. 6, 1980

Alexandra Hoffman Actor

Daughter
Born Oct. 27, 1987; mother, Lisa Hoffman Appeared with father in "Moonlight Mile" (2002)

Harry Hoffman

Father
First-generation Russian Jew Worked as a prop supervisor at Columbia before becoming a furniture salesman

Lisa Hoffman Actor

Wife
Married on Oct. 12, 1980

Jenna Hoffman Actor

Daughter
Born Oct. 15, 1970; mother, Anne Byrne Hoffman Appeared with father in films like "Outbreak" (1995) and "Wag the Dog" (1997)

Lillian Hoffman

Mother
Suffered a heart attack and then a stroke in June 1980

Rebecca Hoffman Other

Daughter
Born March 17, 1983; mother, Lisa Hoffman Appeared with father in "Hook" (1991)

Jacob Hoffman Other

Son
Born March 20, 1981; mother, Lisa Hoffman Appeared with father in films like "Rain Man" (1988) and "Hook" (1991)

Ron Hoffman

Brother
Older

Max Hoffman Actor

Son
Born Aug. 30, 1984; mother Lisa Hoffman Played Peter Pan at age five in "Hook" (1991) Appeared with father in "Meet the Fockers" (2004)

Karina Hoffman-Birkhead

Daughter
Born c. 1966 to Anne Byrne and her first husband Later adopted by Hoffman Convicted of embezzlement in London in 1998

EDUCATION

Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and Arts

Los Angeles , California

Los Angeles High School

Los Angeles , California

Santa Monica City College

Santa Monica , California
Dropped out

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena , California 1958
Became friends with student Gene Hackman

Studied acting with Barney Brown, Lonny Chapman and Lee Strasberg

Milestones

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

2011

Once again voiced kung fu master Shifu in "Kung Fu Panda 2"

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"

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

2007

Played an eccentric toy shop owner in the fantasy film "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"

2006

Co-starred as a literary expert opposite Will Ferrell in the Marc Forster comedy "Stranger Than Fiction"

2006

Cast in Andy Garcia's feature directorial debut "The Lost City"

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"

2003

Played a mob boss in the drama "Confidence"

2003

Co-starred in the thriller "Runaway Jury"

2002

Played opposite Susan Sarandon in the touching drama "Moonlight Mile"

2001

Announced to make feature directorial debut with "Personal Injuries"

1999

Produced "The Blouse Man," which marked the directorial debut of actor Tony Goldwyn

1998

Reteamed with Levinson for "Sphere"

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

1995

Inducted into the French Order of Arts and Letters

1991

Provided a guest voice for "The Simpsons" (Fox) as Lisa's beloved Jewish substitute teacher; credited as "Sam Etic"

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

1985

Executive produced and starred as Willy Loman in CBS special "Death of a Salesman" (which he had previously done in a revival onstage)

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

1979

Earned Best Actor Oscar as a separated father coping with parenting in "Kramer vs. Kramer"

1978

Began directing film, "Straight Time" (turned over to Ulu Grosbard)

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"

1974

Directed Broadway production of "All Over Town"

1973

Co-starred with Steve McQueen in the crime drama "Papillon"

1968

Earned second Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his mesmerizing performance as Ratso Rizzo in "Midnight Cowboy"

1968

Broadway directorial debut, "Jimmy Shine"

1967

Breakthrough screen role as Benjamin Braddock in Mike Nichols' "The Graduate"; recieved first Oscar nomination as Best Actor

1967

Feature acting debut, "Tiger Makes Out"

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

1965

Appeared in "Harry, Noon and Night" at the American Place Theater, NYC

1964

Joined the Theatre Company of Boston and appeared in "Endgame", "The Quare Fellow", "In the Jungle of Cities" and other plays

1961

Broadway stage debut, "A Cook For Mr. General"

1961

TV acting debut, "Sweet Prince of Delancey Street" episode of "Naked City" (ABC)

1960

Stage debut, "Yes Is For a Very Young Man" at Sarah Lawrence College

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

Founded Punch Productions

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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"Every day is a rebirth. 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, Oct. 2, 1996

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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 U.S. District Court judge agreed and in January 1999 awarded Hoffman $1.5 million in damages.

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"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, Jan. 15, 1998

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"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, Aug. 22, 2003

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"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, Oct. 22, 2003

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"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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In 2012, Hoffman was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation’s top award for those who have influenced culture through the arts.

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