Dustin Hoffman – Winner of two Academy Awards


Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Lee Hoffman
(8 August 1937, Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Nationality: United States of America
Category: Celebrities
Occupation:  Actors
Specification: Drama, Comedy
Unique distinction: The Winner of two Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role for: Rain Man (1988), Oscar 1989 and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Oscar 1980.
Gender: Male

Quotes: 1. Life is an occasion…rise to it. 2. Stardom equals freedom. It’s the only equation that matters. 3. I lived below the official American poverty line until I was 31. 4. I’m sixty-eight, I cry every chance I can. 5. Myth is supposed to bring us together, but fantasy alienates us. 6. It’s very painful for us to feel we deserve a life. That’s the toughest thing. That we deserve to have a life. That can take a lifetime. 7. That’s what we’re all looking for, the place where the work leads us. 8. You spend so much of your life basing yourself on what you think other people think of you. Then you realise that maybe one of the purposes of life is not to care. 9. I decided a long time ago but sometimes it takes you 40 years to get around to doing something – and that’s the truthful answer. 10. This is your life. Now go make it the one you’ve always wanted. 11. Now, I`m simply working with people I want to work with. I just want to have good working experiences and let the dice fall where they may. 12. I love acting, and I`m not going to determine what I do based on what I fear other people might think. I do what I want to do.

Achievements and contributions:

Social and professional position: Dustin Hoffman is an American actor, film director and producer.
The main contribution to (what is known): Dustin Hoffman is an outstanding American actor, who has had a successful career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. He was known as a key figure in the “Hollywood Renaissance” of the 1960s.
Contributions: Dustin Hoffman  is an American actor, film director and producer, who has had a successful career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. He was known as a key figure in the “Hollywood Renaissance” of the 1960s.
Hoffman played “Ratso” Rizzo in John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy, which won an Academy Award for best picture of 1969. Thrice previously nominated for the Oscar, Hoffman finally won a best actor award for his sympathetic portrayal of a divorced single father in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and earned another nomination for Tootsie (1982). In director Barry Levinson’s Rain Man (1988), Hoffman starred as an autistic savant, opposite Tom Cruise. Levinson, Hoffman and Cruise worked for two years on the film, and his performance garnered Hoffman his second Academy Award.
Respected for his talent and versatility, Hoffman has won two Academy Awards, six Golden Globes, four BAFTAs (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) , three Drama Desk Awards, and an Emmy Award. Dustin Hoffman received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1999.
First Major Film: The Graduate (1967).
Honors and Awards: Hoffman has 2 Academy Award, he has been nominated for 5 Academy Awards, and he was nominated for 13 Golden Globes, winning 6 (including an honorary award). He has won 4 BAFTAs, 3 Drama Desk Awards, a Genie Award, and an Emmy Award. He received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1999, and the Kennedy Center Honors Award in 2012.
Major works: The Graduate (1967), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Little Big Man (1970), Lenny (1974), All the President’s Men (1976), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Tootsie (1982), Rain Man (1988), Hook (1991), Sleepers (1996), Wag the Dog (1997), Meet The Fockers (2004), Stranger Than Fiction (2006), Perfume: The Story of a Murderer ( 2006), Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007, with Natalie Portman) and Last Chance Harvey (2008).

Career and personal life:

Origin: He was born in Los Angeles, California, the second and youngest son of Lillian (née Gold) and Harry Hoffman, a Russian-born father who worked as a prop supervisor and set decorator at Columbia Pictures before becoming a furniture salesman.
His mother was a former jazz pianist and set Dustin up with a piano and a teacher from the age of five. Hoffman is from a Jewish family, although he did not have a religious upbringing.
Education: He graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955. He enrolled at Santa Monica College with the intention of studying medicine but left after a year to join the Pasadena Playhouse. He studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse for two years. He also received some training at Los Angeles Conservatory of Music.
Career highlights: Hoffman began acting at the Pasadena Playhouse with Gene Hackman. Later they moved to New York City, where Dustin  worked a series of odd jobs, while getting the occasional bit television role.
Only in 1960 he won a role in the off-Broadway production. Dustin Hoffman has been a celebrity since he was seduced by Anne Bancroft in The Graduate in 1967.
Since then Hoffman’s career has largely been focused in cinema with only sporadic returns to television and the stage.
Personal life: He briefly shared an apartment with another unknown actor, Gene Hackman. After two years at the playhouse, Hackman headed for New York City, and Hoffman soon followed.
Hoffman married Anne Byrne in May 1969. The couple had two children, Karina (b. 1966) and Jenna (b. 15 October 1970). The couple divorced in 1980.
He married attorney Lisa Gottsegen in October 1980. They have four children — Jacob Edward (b. 20 March 1981), Rebecca (b. 17 March 1983), Maxwell Geoffrey (b. 30 August 1984), and Alexandra Lydia (b. 27 October 1987).
Hoffman also has two grandchildren.
Zest: His parents named him Dustin after actor Dustin Farnum.  Famous for taking a wide range of difficult roles, such as a crippled street hustler in Midnight Cowboy (1969); an actor pretending to be a woman in Tootsie (1982) and an autistic in Rain Man (1988). He was  known for unrelenting dedication to his craft but has a reputation for being difficult to work with. He is known as a star with “a classic Hollywood ego”. Recently, he has received a honor Cesar for his whole career during the French Oscar ceremony from the hands of Emma Thompson.
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