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DUSTIN HOFFMAN (Ben Floss), a two-time Oscar® winner and seven-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 Is For A Very Young Man" and led to several roles Off Broadway, which brought him to the attention of director Mike Nichols, who cast 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 award for "Kramer Vs. Kramer" in 1979 and for "Rain Man" in 1988.

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 Luc Besson's "Joan of Arc."

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."

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