(1937 - )
Dustin Hoffman is a Jewish American actor.
He was born on August 8, 1937, in Los Angeles,
California to Romanian Jewish parents. Hoffman initially wanted to became
a concert pianist and attended the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music.
He then attended Santa Monica College with an interest in medicine,
but shortly dropped out due to bad grades. Nevertheless, while attending
Santa Monica he took an acting course and became very interested.
For two years, Hoffman performed at the Pasadena Playhouse
with fellow actor Gene Hackman. Frustrated with school, Hoffman left
for New York City. In 1960, Hoffman landed his first acting role in
an off-Broadway production, followed by a walk-on role in a Broadway
production in 1961. In 1966, Hoffman got his breakthrough with Mike
Nichols’ film, The Graduate. For his performance in The
Graduate, Hoffman received an Academy Award nomination for Best
Actor. The American Film Institute ranked The Graduate as the
#7 greatest movie of all time. In 1969, Hoffman was nominated for his
second Academy Award, for his role of Ratso Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy.
Although, during the 1970s, Hoffman could obtain any
major role in the film industry, he opted for roles in smaller-scale,
character-driven films. Such films included Little Big Man (1970), Lenny (1974), and Marathon Man (1976). Finally, in Hoffman
starred in the film, Kramer vs. Kramer, in which he picked up
his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 1979.
During the 1980s, Hoffman starred in two of the best
films ever made, Tootsie (1982) and Rain Man (1988). Hoffman’s
performance in Rain Man would earn him his second Academy Award
for Best Actor. Throughout the 1990s, Hoffman would take on many more
large, studio films; such films included Speilberg’s Hook (1991), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and Wag the Dog (1997), which also brought him his 7th Academy Award nomination. Hoffman
continues, into the 21st century, his astounding career with unforgettable
performances and box office hits.
In 1990, Hoffman played Shylock in a revival of Shakespeare's
"The Merchant Of Venice" on Broadway. For his performance
as Shylock he received a Tony nomination as Best Actor.
Hoffman has been married twice, first with Anne Byrne
who he married in May 1969, but divorced in 1980. Together they have
two children, Karin and Jenna. Since October 1980, Hoffman has been
married to Lisa Gottsegen, with whom he has four other children, Jacob,
Max, Rebecca, and Alexandra.
Sources: Wikipedia, IMDB