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About Dustin Hoffman

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Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California on August 8, 1937, the second and youngest son of Lillian and Harry Hoffman. His father worked as a prop supervisor/set decorator at Columbia Pictures before becoming a furniture salesman.

Dustin Hoffman is from a Jewish family of Ukrainian and Romanian descent, but his upbringing was not religious or observant. Dustin Hoffman was named after stage and silent screen actor Dustin Farnum. His older brother, Ronald, is a lawyer and economist. In 1955 he graduated from Los Angeles High School and enrolled at Santa Monica College with the intention of studying medicine, dropping out after a year to join the Pasadena Playhouse.

Dustin Hoffman first drew critical praise for the 1966 Off-Broadway play "Eh?" for which he won a Theatre W orld Award and a Drama Desk Award. This was soon followed by his breakthrough movie role as Benjamin Braddock in "The Graduate" in 1967.

Since then Dustin Hoffman's career has largely been focused in cinema with only sporadic returns to TV and the stage. Some of his most noted films are" Papillon", "Marathon Man"," Midnight Cowboy", "Lenny", "All the President's Men", "Kramer vs. Kramer", ""Tootsie," Rain Man", and" Wag the Dog".

Why is Dustin Hoffman famous?

Dustin Hoffman is an American actor with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960and he has been well known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable types of characters.

Why do we like Dustin Hoffman?

Dustin Hoffman is the winner of two Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, three BAFTAs, three Drama Desk Awards, and an Emmy Award. Dustin Hoffman received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1999.

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Tags: actor, golden globe

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 05 January '11

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