Dustin Hoffman Fact Sheet: Who is Dustin Hoffman? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Dustin Hoffman.
Dustin Hoffman Fact File: Lifespan: 1937 – Present *** Full Name: Dustin Lee Hoffman *** Occupation: American Actor and Director *** Date of Birth: Dustin Hoffman was born on August 8th 1937 *** Place of Birth: Dustin Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, U.S. *** Family background: His father was Harry Hoffman and his mother was Lillian Gold. His father worked for Columbia Pictures as a prop supervisor and later became a furniture salesman. His parents were both from Jewish families with origins in Romania and Ukraine *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with an older brother, Ronald *** Education: Dustin Hoffman attended Los Angeles High School and later attended Santa Monica College ***
Dustin Hoffman Fact 1: Dustin Hoffman was born on August 8th 1937 and during the 20th century period in history when so many wonderful and terrible events shaped the world. World War I and World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War but also such marvels as advances in medicine, technology, travel, the expansion of car travel and air travel and a massive change within the industry of entertainment.
Dustin Hoffman Fact 2: Having learned the piano at a very young age it was initially where he wanted his career to go, however, once he started attending Santa Monica College he started taking acting classes and “caught the acting bug”.
Dustin Hoffman Fact 3: He later said “I just was not gifted in music. I did not have an ear.” So for the next ten years, when he was working, it was odd jobs while he waited for that big break.
Dustin Hoffman Fact 4: His
first performance as a jobbing actor
was with Gene Hackman at the
Dustin Hoffman Fact 8: After that he studied at the Actors Studio.
Dustin Hoffman Fact 9: It was in 1967 he received his big break when was cast for a movie called The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols. It was the lead role and a role he would be nominated for an Academy Award.
Dustin Hoffman Fact 10: Having completed his movie however he returned to New York City as he wanted to be a real actor performing on stage and not in movies.
Dustin Hoffman Fact 11: In
1969 he was offered another lead
role, this time in a film called
Midnight Cowboy which was vastly
different from The Graduate and he
decided to do it if for no other
reason than to prove the critics
Dustin Hoffman Fact 14: In 1979 he was offered a part staring opposite Meryl Streep, directed by Robert Benton and the film was Kramer vs Kramer. For this part he won his first Academy Award. The firm also won awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress.
Dustin Hoffman Fact 15: 1988 would bring Rain Main in which Hoffman starred as an autistic savant with Tom Cruise playing that part of his brother. It was nominated for four awards, one of which was Best Actor and Hoffman won his second Oscar.
Dustin Hoffman Fact 16: During the 1990’s he made such films as Dick Tracy, Bill Bathgate and starred in Spielberg’s Hook. He played the lead in Outbreak which had a star studded cast that included Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding, Jr, Kevin Spacey and Donald Sutherland.
Dustin Hoffman Fact 17: His
career has continued through the
2000’s with more films, Runaway
Jury, Finding Neverland, Meet the
Fockers and Meet the Parents. He has
also made animated films where he
contributed the voiceovers for films
such as Horton Hears a Who, Racing
Stripes and Kung Fu Panda.
Influence & Legacy: Dustin Hoffman is a first class actor and master at his skill. There are innumerable aspiring actors and actors who can say they were inspired to follow this marvellously versatile actor into a sometimes difficult but sometimes enormously rewarding career.
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