Dustin Hoffman biography 2022

Actor Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman biography

Dustin Hoffman is an American actor. Dustin Hoffman's remarkable late but immediate breakthrough as a student in The Graduate (1967) followed a year of alternating stints in the theater and ushered in a consistent career.

As an extreme representative of the Actor's Studio acting technique, Method Acting, Dustin Hoffman has identified with his characters down to the most minor details, for example, the club-footed petty con man in Midnight Cowboy (1969), the myopic lifer in Papillon (1973), the female-masked actor in Tootsie (1982) or the autistic in Rain Man (1988).

Among his other notable performances are the role of Lenny Bruce in Lenny (1974) and the divorced father in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), for which he won his first Oscar.

In the theater, he gained recognition in the 1980s for his role as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, which was filmed for television in 1985, and in 1989 as Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in Venice).

Dustin Hoffman surprised with traditional hero roles in Outbreak (1995) and Sphere (1998, The Sphere), but has since mostly played comedy roles such as in Wag the Dog (1997) and Meet the Fockers (2004, sequel 2010) as well as providing the voice. For the animated film Kung Fu Panda (2008, sequel 2011 and 2016).

last updated September 2022

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