Michael Hoffman

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
During his 20-plus year career as a feature film writer and director, Michael Hoffman helmed both studio and independent films, though it was his lesser-seen work that made the strongest impression on critics. Hoffman ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1956 in Hawaii, USA

Filmography

Director (15)

Gambit 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Pride and Prejudice 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Best of Me 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Station 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Game 6 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Emperor's Club 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Restoration 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Some Girls 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Promised Land 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Restless Natives 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Privileged 1982 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (4)

The Last Station 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Promised Land 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Privileged 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (4)

12 and Holding 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Great New Wonderful 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Associate Producer
Actor (1)

Privileged 1982 (Movie)

Alan (Actor)

Biography

During his 20-plus year career as a feature film writer and director, Michael Hoffman helmed both studio and independent films, though it was his lesser-seen work that made the strongest impression on critics. Hoffman was no stranger to the film festival circuit, where he first earned notice in 1988 for "Promised Land" and by 2009 was still getting high marks and nominations for "The Last Station" (2009), based on the life of author Leo Tolstoy. While his subject matter for that film was decidedly aimed at the art house crowd, Hoffman had pleased mainstream audiences with his romantic comedy "One Fine Day" (1996), and even tried to combine mass appeal and literary subject matter to moderate success in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1999). With multiple Independent Spirit Award nominations under his belt, Hoffman was a well-regarded filmmaker unafraid to dig deep into the psyche and explore a wide range of human experiences.

Relationships

Samantha Silver

Wife
Married during the filming of "Restoration" in 1994

EDUCATION

University of Oxford

Oxford , England 1979
Attended on a Rhodes scholarship; made the student film "Privileged," which starred a young Hugh Grant

Boise State University

Boise , Idaho 1979
Acted in or directed more than 30 student productions; served as president of the student body and earned the high honor of Rhodes Scholar

Milestones

2009

Wrote and directed "The Last Station," based on the final years of Leo Tolstoy's life, starring Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy; earned Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director ("The Last Station")

2006

Directed Michael Keaton in "Game 6," a sports themed comedy which combines real and fictional events centering around the historic 1986 World Series

2002

Directed "The Emperor's Club," starring Kevin Kline as an idealistic prep school teacher

1999

Adapted and directed the all-star remake of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," starring Kline and Pfeiffer

1996

Directed the uneven romantic comedy, "One Fine Day," which paired Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney

1995

Directed the period piece, "Restoration"

1991

Made first big-budget Hollywood film, "Soapdish," starring Sally Field and Kevin Kline

1990

Played Valmont in a stage production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses"

1988

Directed the film "Promised Land," which he developed at the Sundance Institute and was produced by Stevenson

1984

Formed the Oxford Film Company with Rick Stevenson and others

1982

Directed and wrote "Privileged," the first student film ever made at Oxford

1975

One of the founders of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival

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