DUSTIN HOFFMAN (Dr. Norman Goodman), a two-time Oscar winner
and six- time nominee, is distinguished as one of the cinema's
most acclaimed leading actors. Born in Los Angeles, he attended
Santa Monica City College and later studied at the Pasadena Playhouse
before moving to New York to study with Lee Strasberg.
Hoffman's first stage role was in the Sarah Lawrence College production
of Gertrude Stein's "Yes If For a Very Young Man." He
made his Broadway debut with a walk- on part in "A Cook for
Mr. General" in 1961.
Hoffman joined the Theatre Company of Boston for one season, then
returned to New York to work as an assistant director on Arthur
Miller's "A View From the Bridge." He continued appearing
on stage in such productions as "Harry, Noon and Night,"
"The Journey of the Fifth Horse," for which he won an
Obie Award as Best Actor, and the farce "Eh?," directed
by Alan Arkin, for which he won the Theatre World and Drama Desk
His performance in "Eh?" brought him to the attention
of director Mike Nichols, who cast Hoffman in the title role in
"The Graduate." His portrayal of young Benjamin Braddock
brought him his first Academy Award nomination.
Hoffman returned to Broadway to star in "Jimmy Shine"
by Murray Schisgal; he then co- starred with Jon Voight in John
Schlesinger's Academy Award-winning "Midnight Cowboy."
This brought Hoffman his second Oscar nomination. Subsequent films
include "John and Mary," "Little Big Man,"
"Who is Harry Kellerman?," "Straw Dogs," "Alfredo,
Alfredo," "Papillon" and "Lenny," which
earned the actor his third Oscar nomination.
Hoffman's film achievements continued with "All the President's
Men," "Marathon Man," "Straight Time,"
"Agatha" and "Ishtar." He won his first Oscar
as Best Actor for Robert Benton's "Kramer Vs. Kramer"
with Meryl Streep, and received his fifth Oscar nomination for
Sydney Pollack's comedy, "Tootsie." In 1988 "Rain
Man," directed by Barry Levinson, brought Hoffman his second
Academy Award, for his portrayal of an autistic savant.
Hoffman made his own directorial debut on Broadway in 1974 with
Murray Schisgal's "All Over Town." He returned to the
Broadway stage as Willy Loman in the 1984 revival of Arthur Miller's
"Death of a Salesman," for which he earned the Drama
Desk Award for Best Actor. Filmed as a special presentation for
television, "Death of a Salesman" also brought Hoffman
an Emmy Award.
In 1989 Hoffman enjoyed a long run on the London stage as Shylock
in "The Merchant of Venice" and later reprised the role
on Broadway, for which he received a Tony nomination. In 1990
he was seen in "Dick Tracy," which was followed shortly
by "Billy Bathgate," the film version of E.L. Doctorow's
best-selling novel, and "Hook," directed by Steven Spielberg.
He then filmed "Hero," which was directed by Stephen
Frears, Wolfgang Petersen's "Outbreak," the film version
of David Mamet's play "American Buffalo" and Barry Levinson's
Hoffman was most recently seen starring opposite John Travolta
in the Costa-Gavras film "Mad City," and currently stars
with Robert De Niro in Barry Levinson's critically acclaimed film
of the David Mamet screenplay "Wag the Dog," for which
he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, Musical
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