Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Lee Hoffman (born August 8, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and emotionally vulnerable characters. Actor Robert De Niro described him as "an actor with the everyman's face who embodied the heartbreakingly human". At a young age Hoffman knew he wanted to study in the arts, and entered into the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music; later he decided to go into acting, for which he trained at the Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles. His first theatrical performance was 1961's A Cook for Mr. General as Ridzinski. During that time he appeared in several guest roles on television shows like Naked City and The Defenders. He then starred in the 1966 off-Broadway play Eh? where his performance garnered him both a Theatre World Award and Drama Desk Award. His breakthrough role was as Benjamin Braddock in Mike Nichols' critically acclaimed and iconic film The Graduate (1967), for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. His next role was "Ratso" Rizzo in John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy (1969), in which he acted alongside Jon Voight; they both received Oscar nominations, and the film went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. He gained success in the 1970s playing roles that shaped the craft of his acting, crossing genres effortlessly in the western Little Big Man (1970), the prison drama Papillon (1973), playing a controversial and groundbreaking comedian in Bob Fosse's Lenny (1975), Marathon ...

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Rain Man (1988)

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Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Tom Cruise  •  Valeria Golino  •  Gerald R. Molen

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Tom Cruise  •  Valeria Golino  •  Gerald R. Molen

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

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When the Valley of Peace is threatened, lazy Po the panda discovers his destiny as the "chosen one" and trains to become a kung fu hero, but transforming the unsleek slacker into a brave warrior won't be easy. It's up to Master Shifu and the Furious Five -- Tigress ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Osborne  •  John Stevenson
CAST:  Jack Black  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Angelina Jolie  •  Jackie Chan

When the Valley of Peace is threatened, lazy Po the panda discovers his destiny as the "chosen one" and trains to become a kung fu hero, but transforming the unsleek slacker into a brave warrior won't be easy. It's up to Master Shifu and the Furious Five -- Tigress ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Osborne  •  John Stevenson
CAST:  Jack Black  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Angelina Jolie  •  Jackie Chan

Hook (1991)

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The boy who wasn't supposed grow up—Peter Pan—does just that, becoming a soulless corporate lawyer whose workaholism could cost him his wife and kids. During his trip to see Granny Wendy in London, the vengeful Capt. Hook kidnaps Peter's kids and forces Peter to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Julia Roberts  •  Bob Hoskins

The boy who wasn't supposed grow up—Peter Pan—does just that, becoming a soulless corporate lawyer whose workaholism could cost him his wife and kids. During his trip to see Granny Wendy in London, the vengeful Capt. Hook kidnaps Peter's kids and forces Peter to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Julia Roberts  •  Bob Hoskins

Outbreak (1995)

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A deadly airborne virus finds its way into the USA and starts killing off people at an epidemic rate. Col Sam Daniels' job is to stop the virus spreading from a small town, which must be quarantined, and to prevent an over reaction by the White House.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Petersen
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Rene Russo  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Kevin Spacey

A deadly airborne virus finds its way into the USA and starts killing off people at an epidemic rate. Col Sam Daniels' job is to stop the virus spreading from a small town, which must be quarantined, and to prevent an over reaction by the White House.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Petersen
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Rene Russo  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Kevin Spacey

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

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Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five - Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Yuh Nelson
CAST:  Jack Black  •  Angelina Jolie  •  Seth Rogen  •  Gary Oldman

Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five - Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Yuh Nelson
CAST:  Jack Black  •  Angelina Jolie  •  Seth Rogen  •  Gary Oldman

All the President's Men (1976)

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During the 1972 elections, two reporters' investigation sheds light on the controversial Watergate scandal that compels President Richard Nixon to resign from his post.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Robert Redford  •  Jack Warden  •  Martin Balsam

During the 1972 elections, two reporters' investigation sheds light on the controversial Watergate scandal that compels President Richard Nixon to resign from his post.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Robert Redford  •  Jack Warden  •  Martin Balsam

Billy Bathgate (1991)

In the year 1935, a teen named Billy Bathgate finds first love while becoming the protégé of fledgling gangster Dutch Schultz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Benton
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Loren Dean  •  Bruce Willis

In the year 1935, a teen named Billy Bathgate finds first love while becoming the protégé of fledgling gangster Dutch Schultz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Benton
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Loren Dean  •  Bruce Willis

Confidence (2003)

What Jake Vig doesn't know just might get him killed. A sharp and polished grifter, Jake has just swindled thousands of dollars from the unsuspecting Lionel Dolby with the help of his crew. It becomes clear that Lionel wasn't just any mark, he was an accountant for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Foley
CAST:  Edward Burns  •  Rachel Weisz  •  Morris Chestnut  •  Dustin Hoffman

What Jake Vig doesn't know just might get him killed. A sharp and polished grifter, Jake has just swindled thousands of dollars from the unsuspecting Lionel Dolby with the help of his crew. It becomes clear that Lionel wasn't just any mark, he was an accountant for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Foley
CAST:  Edward Burns  •  Rachel Weisz  •  Morris Chestnut  •  Dustin Hoffman

Dick Tracy (1990)

The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Warren Beatty
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Al Pacino  •  Madonna  •  Charlie Korsmo

The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Warren Beatty
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Al Pacino  •  Madonna  •  Charlie Korsmo

Family Business (1989)

Jessie is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups than just about anyone else. His son Vito, while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a fairly shady past and is indeed no stranger to illegal activity. They both ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Rosanna DeSoto

Jessie is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups than just about anyone else. His son Vito, while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a fairly shady past and is indeed no stranger to illegal activity. They both ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Rosanna DeSoto

Finding Neverland (2004)

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During a writing slump, playwright J.M. Barrie meets a widow and her three children—who soon become an important part of Barrie’s life and the inspiration that lead him to create his masterpiece. Peter Pan'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Forster
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Kate Winslet  •  Julie Christie  •  Dustin Hoffman

During a writing slump, playwright J.M. Barrie meets a widow and her three children—who soon become an important part of Barrie’s life and the inspiration that lead him to create his masterpiece. Peter Pan'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Forster
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Kate Winslet  •  Julie Christie  •  Dustin Hoffman

I ♥ Huckabees (2004)

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Jason Schwartzman  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Lily Tomlin  •  Jude Law

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Jason Schwartzman  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Lily Tomlin  •  Jude Law

Ishtar (1987)

Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elaine May
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Isabelle Adjani  •  Charles Grodin

Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elaine May
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Isabelle Adjani  •  Charles Grodin

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

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Three wealthy children's parents are killed in a fire. When they are sent to a distant relative, they find out that he is plotting to kill them and seize their fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Silberling
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Meryl Streep  •  Jude Law  •  Emily Browning

Three wealthy children's parents are killed in a fire. When they are sent to a distant relative, they find out that he is plotting to kill them and seize their fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Silberling
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Meryl Streep  •  Jude Law  •  Emily Browning

Lenny (1974)

The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the establishment as too obscene for the public.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Fosse
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Valerie Perrine  •  Jan Miner  •  Stanley Beck

The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the establishment as too obscene for the public.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Fosse
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Valerie Perrine  •  Jan Miner  •  Stanley Beck

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

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Joe Buck is a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy New York City women; he finds a companion in Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Jon Voight  •  Sylvia Miles  •  John McGiver

Joe Buck is a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy New York City women; he finds a companion in Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Jon Voight  •  Sylvia Miles  •  John McGiver

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

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Molly Mahoney is the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium—the strangest, most fantastic and most wonderful toy store in the world. After Mr. Magorium bequeaths the store to her, a dark and ominous change begins to take over the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zach Helm
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Jason Bateman  •  Zach Mills  •  Jonathan Potts

Molly Mahoney is the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium—the strangest, most fantastic and most wonderful toy store in the world. After Mr. Magorium bequeaths the store to her, a dark and ominous change begins to take over the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zach Helm
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Jason Bateman  •  Zach Mills  •  Jonathan Potts

Racing Stripes (2005)

Shattered illusions are hard to repair -- especially for a good-hearted zebra named Stripes who's spent his life on a Kentucky farm amidst the sorely mistaken notion that he's a debonair thoroughbred. Once he faces the fact that his stark stripes mark him as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frederik Du Chau
CAST:  Bruce Greenwood  •  Hayden Panettiere  •  Mandy Moore  •  Caspar Poyck

Shattered illusions are hard to repair -- especially for a good-hearted zebra named Stripes who's spent his life on a Kentucky farm amidst the sorely mistaken notion that he's a debonair thoroughbred. Once he faces the fact that his stark stripes mark him as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frederik Du Chau
CAST:  Bruce Greenwood  •  Hayden Panettiere  •  Mandy Moore  •  Caspar Poyck

Sleepers (1996)

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Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Kevin Bacon  •  Billy Crudup  •  Robert De Niro  •  Brad Pitt

Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Kevin Bacon  •  Billy Crudup  •  Robert De Niro  •  Brad Pitt

Sphere (1998)

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A spacecraft is discovered on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, presumed to be at least 300 years old and of alien origin. A crack team of scientists and experts is assembled and taken to the Habitat, a state-of-the-art underwater living environment, to investigate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Sharon Stone  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Peter Coyote

A spacecraft is discovered on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, presumed to be at least 300 years old and of alien origin. A crack team of scientists and experts is assembled and taken to the Habitat, a state-of-the-art underwater living environment, to investigate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Sharon Stone  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Peter Coyote
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