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A two-time Academy Award® winner and seven-time nominee, whose arrival in Hollywood helped usher in a new and revitalized approach to filmmaking, DUSTIN HOFFMAN (Roscuro) 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 for his role as Benjamin Braddock in Mike Nichols' Academy Award®-nominated film The Graduate. Since then, he has been nominated for six more Academy Awards® for diverse films such as Midnight Cowboy, Lenny, Tootsie (a film he also produced through his company, Punch Productions) and Wag the Dog. In 1979, Hoffman won an Oscar® for his role in Kramer vs. Kramer and again in 1988 for Rain Man.

Hoffman will next star in Overture Films' Last Chance Harvey, a love story set in London, written and directed by Joel Hopkins and co-starring Emma Thompson. Hoffman was last heard as the voice of Shifu in DreamWorks Animation's boxoffice hit Kung Fu Panda, which co-stars Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu and Ian McShane. Kung Fu Panda was released on June 6, 2008, and has grossed approximately $600 million worldwide.

His other film credits include: Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Stranger Than Fiction, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Meet the Fockers, Finding Neverland, I  Huckabees, The Lost City, Racing Stripes, Runaway Jury, 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 off-Broadway roles such as The Journey of the Fifth Horse, for which he won an Obie Award, and Eh?, for which he won the Drama Desk Vernon Rice Award for Performance. His success on stage caught the attention of Mike Nichols, who cast him in The Graduate. In 1968, Hoffman made his Broadway debut in Murray Schisgal's Jimmy Shine. In 1974, Hoffman made his Broadway directorial debut with Schisgal's All Over Town. In 1984, Hoffman garnered a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play 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 and Hoffman won an Emmy Award. Additionally, Hoffman received a Tony Award nomination for his role as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, which he reprised from his long run on the London stage.

As a producer, Hoffman produced Tony Goldwyn's feature film A Walk on the Moon, starring Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber and Anna Paquin. He also executive produced The Devil's Arithmetic, which won two Emmy Awards. Hoffman was born in Los Angeles and attended Santa Monica College. He later studied at the Pasadena Playhouse before moving to New York to study with Lee Strasberg.

Hoffman serves as the chair of the artistic advisory board for the newly constructed The Broad Stage, which opened on September 20, 2008. This intimate 499- seat state-of-the-art theater provides a much-needed performance facility for Santa Monica College and the surrounding community.

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