A two-time Oscar winner
and seven-time nominee, DUSTIN HOFFMAN is distinguished as one of the cinema's
most acclaimed leading actors. Born in Los Angeles, he attended Santa Monica
Community 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 Is
For A Very Young Man" and led to several roles Off Broadway, which brought
him to the attention of director Mike Nichols, who casted Hoffman in his Academy
Award-nominated title role in "The Graduate."
Hoffman has since been
nominated for six more Academy Awards, for such diverse films as "Midnight
Cowboy," "Lenny," "Tootsie" (a film he also produced
through his company, Punch Productions), and "Wag the Dog", and
winning the Oscar for "Kramer Vs. Kramer" in 1979 and again in 1988
for "Rain Man."
Other film credits include
"Little Big Man," "Straw Dogs," "Papillon,"
"All the President's Men," "Marathon Man," "Straight
Time," "Agatha," "Ishtar," "Dick Tracy,"
"Billy Bathgate," "Hook," "Hero,"
"Sleepers," "Sphere," "American Buffalo,"
"Outbreak," and "Mad City." Hoffman recently appeared in
Brad Silberling's "Moonlight Mile," starring opposite Susan Sarandon.
Hoffman's stage work has
been equally impressive, returning to Broadway in 1974 for his stage directorial
debut, "All Over Town," and in 1984 to star as Willy Loman in the
revival of "Death of a Salesman," which he also produced and for which
he earned the Drama Desk Award for Best Actor and an Emmy Award when the
production was filmed as a special presentation for television. He would reprise
his long run on the London stage as Shylock in "The Merchant of
Venice" and receive a Tony Award nomination.
Hoffman also produced the
feature film "A Walk on the Moon," and executive produced, and won two
Emmy Awards, for "The Devil's Arithmetic."
His upcoming projects
include: "The Runaway Jury," starring opposite John Cusack, Gene
Hackman, and Rachel Weisz. He can soon be seen in "Neverland,"
starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.
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