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DUSTIN HOFFMAN (Jules Hilbert) is a two-time Academy Award® winner and seven-time nominee whose arrival in Hollywood helped usher in a new and revitalized approach to filmmaking. He continues to add singular performances to a career rich with characters that have obliterated the line previously dividing the archetypes of "character actor" and "leading man."

Hoffman caught the world's attention with his role as Benjamin Braddock in Mike Nichol's Academy Award®-nominated film The Graduate. Since then, he has 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. Hoffman won the Oscar® in 1979 for his role in Kramer Vs. Kramer and again in 1988 for Rain Man.

Besides Stranger Than Fiction, Hoffman also co-stars in Tom Tykwer's Perfume in which he plays Guisseppi Baldini, a perfume maker in the slums of 18thcentury Paris whose apprentice is born with an amazing sense of smell but no scent of his own. His obsession turns to murder when he seeks to bottle the scent of a beautiful young virgin. The film is based on the 1981 novel by Patrick Süskind. Perfume is tentatively slated for a December 8, 2006 release.

Hoffman recently completed production on Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, written by and featuring the directorial debut of Stranger than Fiction screenwriter Zach Helm. The fantasy comedy co-stars Natalie Portman as the manager of a toy store that seems to come alive when infused by the spirit of the eccentric Mr. Magorium (played by Hoffman), a white-haired and wide-eyed man who is 243- years-old but doesn't look a day over 200. Magorium has owned the store for almost 114 years, bringing marvel and magic to kids of all ages, but the time has come to pass on his bewitching baton. This film is a Mandate Pictures production.

Hoffman was most recently seen in the blockbuster comedy hit Meet the Fockers, the sequel to Meet the Parents opposite Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Barbara Streisand, Blythe Danner and Teri Polo. Directed by Jay Roach, the film has grossed more than $500 million worldwide to date.

Hoffman starred in David O. Russell's comedy I ♥ Huckabees with Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg, Lily Tomlin and Jason Schwartzman. Additionally, Hoffman was seen in Marc Forster's Finding Neverland opposite Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.

Previously, Hoffman starred in Gary Fleder's Runaway Jury opposite John Cusack, Gene Hackman and Rachel Weisz, James Foley's Confidence opposite Edward Burns and Rachel Weisz and Brad Silberling's Moonlight Mile opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Susan Sarandon.

His other film credits include: The Lost City, Racing Stripes, Little Big Man, Straw Dogs, Papillon, All the President's Men, Marathon Man, Straight Time, Agatha, Ishtar, Dick Tracy, Billy Bathgate, Mad City, Hero, Sleepers, Sphere, American Buffalo, Hook and Outbreak.

On stage, Hoffman has had an equally impressive career. His first stage role was in the Sarah Lawrence College production of Gertrude Stein's "Yes is for a Very Young Man." This performance led to several roles Off-Broadway, such as "Journey of the Fifth Horse,” for which he won the Obie and "Eh?,” for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Best Actor. His success on stage caught the attention of Mike Nichols, who cast him in The Graduate. In 1969, Hoffman made his Broadway debut in Murray Schisgal's "Jimmy Shine" and in 1974, Hoffman made his Broadway directorial debut with Schisgal's "All Over Town." In 1984, Hoffman garnered a Drama Desk Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Willy Loman in the Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman," which he also produced. In addition to starring in the Broadway production, a special presentation aired on television for wh

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