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Dustin Hoffman

Dustin HoffmanAKA Dustin Lee Hoffman

Born: 8-Aug-1937
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Graduate

Dustin Hoffman has been a celebrity since he was seduced by Anne Bancroft in The Graduate in 1967. After dropping out of college, he studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, and briefly shared an apartment with another unknown actor, Gene Hackman. They sometimes played poker with other underemployed actors, including Robert Duvall.

Hoffman practices method acting, and is widely considered a pain in the ass to work with. He is renowned for his big ego and in-depth character research, and for demands of directors, suggestions for co-stars and scriptwriters, endless ideas for plot revisions, and numerous fights with studio executives. Director Sydney Pollack won an Oscar for directing Hoffman in Tootsie, but said "I'd give it up, if I could have back the nine months of my life I spent with Dustin Hoffman making it".

Then again, he has won dozens of awards for acting, for his work on Broadway, off Broadway, on TV, and of course in the movies. His better films include Midnight Cowboy, Little Big Man, Lenny, All the President's Men, Kramer vs. Kramer, Rain Man, Wag the Dog, and I Heart Huckabees.

Father: Harvey Hoffman (set designer, Columbia Studios)
Mother: Lillian Gold (d. Jun-1990)
Brother: Ronald Hoffman (lawyer, economist)
Wife: Anne Byrne (ballerina; m. 3-May-1969, div. 1980, two daughters)
Daughter: Karina Hoffman (clothing executive)
Daughter: Jenna Byrne (stepdaughter; photographer; b. 15-Oct-1970)
Wife: Lisa Gottsegen (lawyer; m. 1980, four children)
Son: Jacob "Jake" Hoffman (actor, King of the Corner; b. 20-Mar-1981)
Daughter: Rebecca Hoffman (b. 17-Mar-1983)
Son: Maxwell Hoffman (b. 30-Aug-1984)
Daughter: Alexandra Hoffman

    High School: Los Angeles High School, Los Angeles, CA
    University: Santa Monica College (dropped out 1956)

    amfAR National Council
    John Kerry for President
    Obama for America
    Oscar for Best Actor 1980 for Kramer vs. Kramer
    Oscar for Best Actor 1989 for Rain Man
    Golden Globe 1968 Most Promising Newcomer, Male for The Graduate
    Golden Globe 1980 for Kramer vs. Kramer
    Golden Globe 1983 for Tootsie
    Golden Globe 1986 for Death of a Salesman
    Golden Globe 1989 for Rain Man
    Emmy 1986 for Death of a Salesman
    American Film Institute Life Achievement Award 1999
    Jewish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Depression, Marijuana, Cancer

    TELEVISION
    Luck Chester Bernstein (2011-)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Quartet (9-Sep-2012)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Chef (7-Mar-2014)
    Kung Fu Panda 2 (26-May-2011) · Shifu [VOICE]
    Little Fockers (22-Dec-2010) · Bernie Focker
    Barney's Version (10-Sep-2010) · Izzy Panofsky
    Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (25-Jul-2010) · Narrator
    Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (5-May-2010) · Himself
    Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) (2010) · Himself
    The Tale of Despereaux (19-Dec-2008) · Roscuro [VOICE]
    Last Chance Harvey (8-Nov-2008)
    Visual Acoustics (22-Jun-2008) · Himself
    Kung Fu Panda (15-May-2008) [VOICE]
    Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (15-Nov-2007)
    Trumbo (10-Sep-2007) · Himself
    Stranger Than Fiction (9-Sep-2006)
    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (7-Sep-2006)
    The Lost City (3-Sep-2005)
    Racing Stripes (14-Jan-2005) · Tucker [VOICE]
    Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (17-Dec-2004)
    Meet the Fockers (16-Dec-2004) · Bernie Focker
    I Heart Huckabees (10-Sep-2004) · Bernard
    Finding Neverland (4-Sep-2004)
    Runaway Jury (9-Oct-2003) · Wendell Rohr
    Confidence (20-Jan-2003) · King
    Moonlight Mile (9-Sep-2002) · Ben Floss
    The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (18-Oct-1999)
    Sphere (13-Feb-1998) · Norman
    Wag the Dog (25-Dec-1997) · Stanley Motss
    Mad City (10-Oct-1997)
    Sleepers (18-Oct-1996) · Danny Snyder
    American Buffalo (12-Sep-1996)
    Outbreak (10-Mar-1995) · Sam Daniels
    Hero (2-Oct-1992) · Bernie Laplante
    Hook (11-Dec-1991) · Capt. Hook
    Billy Bathgate (1-Nov-1991) · Dutch Schultz
    Dick Tracy (15-Jun-1990) · Mumbles
    Family Business (13-Dec-1989) · Vito
    Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Rain Man (12-Dec-1988) · Raymond Babbitt
    Ishtar (15-May-1987)
    Death of a Salesman (14-Sep-1985) · Willy Loman
    Tootsie (17-Dec-1982) · Michael Dorsey
    Kramer vs. Kramer (19-Dec-1979) · Ted Kramer
    Agatha (9-Feb-1979)
    Straight Time (18-Mar-1978) · Max Dembo
    Marathon Man (6-Oct-1976) · Babe
    All the President's Men (7-Apr-1976) · Carl Bernstein
    Lenny (10-Nov-1974) · Lenny Bruce
    Papillon (16-Dec-1973) · Louis Dega
    Alfredo, Alfredo (4-Aug-1972)
    Straw Dogs (29-Dec-1971)
    Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (15-Jun-1971)
    The Point (1971)
    Little Big Man (14-Dec-1970) · Jack Crabb
    John and Mary (14-Dec-1969) · John
    Midnight Cowboy (25-May-1969) · Ratso
    Madigan's Millions (30-May-1968) · Jason Fister
    The Graduate (21-Dec-1967) · Benjamin Braddock
    The Tiger Makes Out (18-Aug-1967)


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