Happy birthday Dustin Hoffman!
Dustin Hoffman (born August 8, 1937) is an American actor. His most notable works include The Graduate (1967), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Tootsie (1982), Wag The Dog (1997), and more recently, the Meet the Fockers trilogy. He has also appeared extensively on and off Broadway and on television.
Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California to Lillian and Harry Hoffman. Though he initially intended to study medicine, enrolling at Santa Monica College, he ended up leaving to find success at the Pasadena Playhouse. While there, he befriended fellow actor Gene Hackman. The two eventually moved to New York together to find acting work and Hoffman took odd jobs to make ends meet.
Hoffman studied at Actors Studio and became an avid Method actor. He performed in several off Broadway productions and eventually landed a role in Sidney W. Pink's Madigan's Millions (1966). Not long after, he landed a role in Eh? (1966), which became his first critical success. Soon, producer Mike Nichols took notice and invited Hoffman to a screen test in Hollywood for his film The Graduate (1967). To Hoffman's surprise, he was cast in the lead role and went on to win an Academy Award for his performance as the college student who is seduced by an older woman. His performance marked a transition away from an era where only "pretty faces" could succeed in lead roles.
After doing a few Broadway productions, Hoffman's next big success came with the film Midnight Cowboy (1969). For his performance, he was honored with a second Oscar nomination.
Performing in several films throughout the 1970s, Hoffman's 1979 performance in Kramer vs. Kramer earned him another Oscar win.
By the 1980s, Hoffman was well into the height of his popularity. He starred and snagged another Oscar nomination for his performance in Tootsie (1982), a film about an actor who must dress up as a woman to obtain a role on a daytime soap opera.
He then returned to the stage with Death of a Salesman and The Merchant of Venice.
In 1988, Hoffman starred alongside Tom Cruise in what has become one of his most notable performances to date. He portrayed an autistic genius in the film Rain Man.
During the 1990s, Hoffman appeared in such films as Dick Tracy (1990), Hook(1991), Hero (1992), and Wag The Dog (1997).
Some of his more recent films include I Heart Huckabees (2004), the Meet the Fockers trilogy, and Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007).
- Birthday Date: Friday, 08 August 2014