Dustin Hoffman (8.8.1937) Dustin Hoffman is an Oscar-winning American screen and stage actor. He has sustained a successful acting career since the 1960s.
Childhood: Dustin Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian and Harry Hoffman. His Russian-born father worked as a prop supervisor and set decorator at Columbia Pictures, before he became a furniture salesman. His family are Jewish, although he did not have an overtly religious upbringing.
In 1955, Dustin Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School. He enrolled at Santa Monica College, intending to study medicine, but after a year, he left to join the Pasadena Playhouse.
Acting Career: Dustin Hoffman's acting career began when he started acting at the Pasadena Playhouse with Gene Hackman. After two years there, he moved to New York City with Hackman. Hoffman worked briefly as a teacher in New York, to supplement the meager income that he earned doing occasional TV commercials.
In the early 1960s, Dustin Hoffman joined the famous Actors Studio, where he learned the art of method acting. The film producer Sidney Pink discovered Hoffman and cast him in Madigan's Millions. For the rest of the decade, Hoffman acted in a number of TV shows and films, including the police drama Naked City and The Defenders.
Dustin Hoffman's big break came in 1966, when Mike Nichols cast him in The Graduate. Initially, Robert Redford and Warren Beatty had been considered for lead role, which eventually went to Hoffman, who turned down a role in Mel Brooks' The Producers to be a part of the film. In the film, he starred opposite Anne Bancroft, who was Brooks' wife.
In 1968, Hoffman won a Drama Desk award for his role in the Broadway musical Jimmy Shine. His next major film role, though, was in Midnight Cowboy, in which he starred alongside Jon Voight. Two years later, he starred in Little Big Man, with Faye Dunaway and Chief Dan George.
Hoffman's next two major ventures were 1971s Straw Dogs - which starred Susan George and was directed by Sam Peckinpah - and Papillon, in which he starred opposite Steve McQueen.
For 1974's Lenny, Hoffman received his third Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards, having already been nominated for The Graduate and Midnight Cowboy. 1976 saw Hoffman star in Marathon Man and All The President's Men. The former starred Laurence Olivier and the latter starred Robert Redford. Then, in 1978, he played the role of a thief in Straight Time, having turned down the option of directing the film.
The following year, Dustin Hoffman starred opposite Meryl Streep in the critically-acclaimed Kramer vs. Kramer. His performance in the film earned him his first Academy Award, with Streep winning the Best Supporting Actress gong.
In 1982's Tootsie, Dustin Hoffman played the role of Michael Dorsey; a struggling actor. Working alongside Jessica Lange, Hoffman earned his fifth Academy award nomination.
1988 was another landmark year for Hoffman, as he starred in the hugely successful Rain Man, opposite Tom Cruise. He won his second Academy Award for his performance.
The 1990s saw Dustin Hoffman continue to work steadily, in films such as 1990's Dick Tracy, 1991's Billy Bathgate (with Nicole Kidman) and 1992's Hero. Then, in 1995, he starred in Outbreak, as part of an all-star cast featuring Rene Russo, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, Donald Sutherland and Cuba Gooding Jr. The following year, Hoffman starred alongside Jason Patric, Kevin Bacon and Brad Pitt in Sleepers.
Following the turn of the century, the highlights of Dustin Hoffman's career include a role in the historical fantasia Finding Neverland, with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, as well as an appearance in I Heart Huckabees. Hoffman also turned his hand to more comedy, with Meet the Fockers, with Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller and Barbra Streisand.
Personal Life: Between 1969 and 1980, Dustin Hoffman was married to Anne Byrne, with whom he has two children. In 1980, he married Lisa Gottsegen, with whom he has another four children.
As an aspiring actor in New York City, Dustin Hoffman's roommate was fellow actor Robert Duvall.
The screen veteran, who is appearing in 'Ant-Man' this month, was talking about the state of the movie industry in America, also commenting on Dustin Hoffman's recent remarks.
Michael Douglas has bemoaned what he calls a “crisis” in the American movie industry, based on diminishing opportunities given to home-grown actors ahead of their British and Australian counterparts which he believes is down to their pre-occupation with social media and image instead of formal training.
He believes that young British actors are more likely to take acting school seriously and learn their profession the old-fashioned way, while Australian male stars are more overtly “masculine” in their image than U.S. actors.
70 year old Douglas said to The Independent: “There's something going on with young American actors - both men and women - because the Brits and Australians are taking many of the best American roles from them.”
But on the bright side, television is at an all time high, according to Hoffman.
As a winner of two Academy Awards and six Golden Globes, Dustin Hoffman knows a thing or two about the movie business. But the 77 year old actor, who shot to fame in 1967 after starring in The Graduate, has said he believes cinema is in the worst state it’s ever been, while television keeps getting better.
Dustin Hoffman has said the film industry is at an all-time low.
“I think right now television is the best that it’s ever been and I think that it’s the worst that film has ever been – in the 50 years that I’ve been doing it, it’s the worst,” Hoffman told The Independent. “It’s hard to believe you can do good work for the little amount of money these days.,” the actor continued.
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Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench - Photo's from the VIP screening of Roald Dahl's children's novel turned movie 'Esio Trot' at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 12th November 2014
Dustin Hoffman and Lisa Hoffman - A variety of stars were photographed on the red carpet for the 2014 British Aacademy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards which was presented by BBC America and United Airlines. The ceremony was held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States - Thursday 30th October 2014
Many of Thomas Berger's novels were adapted for the big screen.
Thomas Berger, the renowned US author best known for his novel Little Big Man - later adapted into a movie starring Dustin Hoffman - has died aged 89. The novelist died in New York state just 13 days before he was due to celebrate his 90th birthday.
Dustin Hoffman starred in Thomas Berger's 'Little Big Man'
Little Big Man, about a white boy raised by the Cheyenne nation during the 19th century, reimagined the American West and would prove to be Berger's biggest hit following its release in 1964. The novel became even more popular following the 1970 Hollywood adaptation, which won Dustin Hoffman a BAFTA for best actor.
Like comfort food, this movie has very little nutritional value, but it sure goes down smoothly. This is one of those shamelessly delicious-looking films that makes our mouths water at the tasty dishes that are lovingly created on-camera. And it also has an array of deeply likeable characters, witty cameos and sparkling dialogue to keep us smiling. So who cares that nothing unexpected happens from start to finish? This is a movie we sit back and enjoy without worrying about the appearance of a plot twist.
The title character is Carl (played by writer-director Jon Favreau), the chef at a top Los Angeles restaurant that is stuck in a rut because the owner (Dustin Hoffman) refuses to change anything on the menu. When a snooty food critic (Oliver Platt) criticises Carl for his tired and predictable cuisine, Carl's reaction sparks an angry Twitter war. In a fit of anger, Carl quits his job then hatches a plan to get back to his roots while bonding with Percy (Emjay Anthony), his pre-teen son with spicy ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara). So Carl and his sidekick Martin (John Leguizamo) take Percy to Miami to refurbish food truck and drive back to California, along the way building a reputation and perfecting their Latin-infused menu.
Since a complex plot would just be distracting, this film coasts on the charisma of its likeable cast, throwing in lively side roles for the likes of Scarlett Johansson as a restaurant colleague, Bobby Cannavale as a fellow chef and most memorably Robert Downey Jr. as Inez's hilariously nutty ex. Everyone is relaxed and effortlessly funny, which makes the interaction feel amusing and never remotely forced. While this is easily Favreau's most assured work as a director (that's including the first two Iron Man movies), this is also his most generous performance too. He infuses the whole film with easy-going charm.
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The Los Angeles Film Festival opens with the hotly anticipated Snowpiercer as Dustin Hoffman films a Roald Dahl story in London. And trailers tease for new movies starring Thwaites, Alba, Wilson, Brosnan, Pike and Wahlberg...
Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Alison Pill and John Cho were among the celebrities who turned out this week for the opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival, which kicked off with the premiere of Bong Joon-ho's futuristic thriller Snowpiercer. It's based on a French comic book and stars Chris Evans, who's currently in London filming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Watch the action-packed trailer and find out more about 'Snowpiercer' here.
Also in London, Dustin Hoffman was caught on camera shooting scenes for his new film Esio Trot, based on the Roald Dahl story about a bachelor who falls for his neighbour, but is frustrated that she only seems to care about her pet tortoise. Costars include Judi Dench and James Corden. Take a peak at the Dustin Hoffman filming photos here.
You've had your warning, now watch the trailer below
You know the supermarket rule – don’t go food shopping when you’re hungry? Well the same applies to watching the trailer for Jon Favreau’s Chef. The beautifully shot, beautifully prepared food will have you attempting a rare venison sandwich with horseradish foam and wild rocket puree, and we all know that can’t happen.
It's all about the food in 'Chef'
The story for ‘Chef’ sees Carl Casper (Favreau) given an ultimatum: cook Dustin Hoffman’s menu or don’t cook in his restaurant. Of course, the film would be pretty boring if he went ahead gave in to his mean boss, so instead he decides to fall off the wagon somewhat, become the laughing stock of an already snobbish culinary zeitgeist, and win back his respect and friends through an intrepid street food venture.
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The 'Scrubs' actor was caught on camera as some newlyweds were having their photo taken in NYC
Zach Braff may have won the award for the finest celebrity photobombing incident of all time, after an image of him cheekily smiling into the camera during a photo shoot for some newlyweds went viral this week. The image was taken in Times Square, New York City, where the newly wedded couple were having their photo taken on one of the crosswalks, only for Braff to walk past at the perfect moment and, if anything, make the wedding photo a million times better.
Braff, pictured with his pug, has caused an internet storm with the image
The goofy actor was noticed by wedding photographer Sascha Reinking, who upon discovering the image took to Twitter to call out the actor. On Thursday (21 Nov.) the photographer tweeted, "I might be mistaken but I think Zach Braff totally photobombed my newlywed couple. :) #zachbraff #scrubs #photobomb," later tweeting to Braff and congratulating him on a job well done. Braff later tweeted that the picture was "one of my best photobombs ever," and he even took to his FaceBook page to describe the photobombing incident as his "finest to date."
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Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench will star in the BBC's adaptation.
Walsh, who will direct a script written by Richard Curtis, has worked on children's programming and soap opera Eastenders for 21 years. Her other credits include Funland, The Tudors, and Talk To Me.
The announcement was made by BBC One controller Charlotte Moore at the Edinburgh TV Festival on Thursday (August 22, 2013).
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An exciting week for news was dominated by the announcement that Bruce Willis has left The Expendables 3 in a dispute over money, apparently seeking $1 million a day for a shoot in Bulgaria. Elsewhere, it's great news for fans of Dustin Hoffman after The Graduate star was given the all-clear from cancer, and Miley Cyrus confirmed the title of her new album.
$1 Million A Day? Bruce Willis is officially out of The Expendables 3, having been replaced by Harrison Ford. The thing is, there appears to have been an almighty dispute over money, leaving Sylvester Stallone at odds with his former friend. Is Bruce worth $1 million a day? Check out our defense here!
Kramer vs Cancer: Dustin Hoffman has well and truly given cancer the slip after being "surgically cured" from the disease. The legendary Hollywood star is recovering at home with his family, though was given the all-clear recently. Check out the full story here.
We're glad to here ol' Hoffman is doing alright.
The type of cancer that Hoffman had is unknown, but whatever it was, they caught it early and he seems to be cured of it.
"It was detected early and he has been surgically cured," said his rep to the gossip mag. "Dustin is feeling great and is in good health."
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Date of birth
8th September, 1937