Actor

Two Time Oscar Winner Actor
Recipient of Beacon Award for Courage and Dedication
 

Dustin Lee Hoffman , born August 8, 1937, is a two-time Academy Award, six-time Golden Globe, three-time BAFTA and Emmy Award actor. Born in Los Angeles of a jazz pianist mother and prop supervisor/set decorator father, he graduated from Los Angeles High School. He began acting at the Pasadena Playhouse with fellow actor, Gene Hackman after a brief college term at Santa Monica City college. Hoffman followed Hackman to New York and the two worked odd jobs as they continued to improve their craft. During these years, Hoffman shared a small apartment with actor Robert Duval.

He studied at the famous Actors Studio and became a method actor. Through the early sixties he made numerous appearances on television and appeared in commercials, and in theatrical performances. Between acting jobs he taught acting at community colleges and directed off-Broadway productions.

In 1966, director Mike Nichols was casting for ‘The Graduate’ and eventually auditioned and hired Mr. Hoffman, who received an Academy Award nomination for his role in the film. His next films brought critical success and another Academy nomination including Midnight Cowboy and Little Big Man. He continued his string of successes in the next decade with such films as Papillon, Straw Dogs and Lenny. Less than two years after the Watergate scandal, Hoffman appeared in ‘All the Presidents Men’ with Robert Redford.

His movie successes continued as he explored comedy in ‘Tootsie’, reprising his early real life in New York as a struggling actor/director, and drama with in evocative role of a caring, divorced father in Kramer vs. Kramer. He has been considered for a number of roles including Michael Coreleone in the Godfather and Richard Decker in Blade Runner. In Rain Man, he appeared as an autistic savant opposite Tom Cruise. The film was a huge success and brought him his second Oscar.

When a family friend was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, Mr. Hoffman and his wife, Lisa Gottsegen, became involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, hosting its first fund raising event. The foundation’s research efforts became embroiled in a larger controversy over the use of stem cells which Mr. Hoffman defended. "What this research has more to do with is not when life begins but when life ends," Mr. Hoffman is quoted as saying. "This research may one day eliminate these diseases from ending people's lives prematurely."

He is the father of six children and has two grandchildren. He is politically active and has long supported the Democratic Party.

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