Dustin Hoffman

Born Aug 8, 1937

Dustin Lee Hoffman is an American actor with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters. He first drew critical praise for the play Eh?, for which he won a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award. This was soon followed by his breakthrough 1967 film role as Benjamin Braddock, the title character in The Graduate.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Dustin Hoffman.


1937 Birth Hoffman was born on August 8, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, the second son of Lillian (née Gold; 1909-1982) and Harry Hoffman (1908-1987). … Read More


1955 18 Years Old Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955 and enrolled at Santa Monica College with the intention of studying medicine. … Read More


1960 23 Years Old In 1960, Hoffman was cast in a role in an Off-Broadway production and followed with a walk-on role in a Broadway production in 1961. … Read More
1966 29 Years Old His first critical success was in the play Eh?, by Henry Livings, which had its US premiere at the Circle in the Square Downtown on October 16, 1966.


Hoffman made his film debut in The Tiger Makes Out in 1967, alongside Eli Wallach.
Also in 1969, Hoffman co-starred with Mia Farrow in John and Mary. … Read More


1980 43 Years Old 1 More Event
The couple divorced in 1980.
1984 47 Years Old In 1984, Hoffman starred as Willy Loman in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman He reprised his role in a TV movie of the same name, for which he won the 1985 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor along with a Golden Globe. … Read More


1991 54 Years Old In 1991, Hoffman voiced substitute teacher Mr. Bergstrom in The Simpsons episode "Lisa's Substitute", under the pseudonym Sam Etic. … Read More
1994 57 Years Old …  In 1994, the film was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. … Read More
1996 59 Years Old Following that, he appeared in the 1996 revenge-drama/legal-thriller Sleepers (1996) with Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric, and Kevin Bacon. … Read More


1997 - 2004 3 More Events
2005 68 Years Old 1 More Event
Hoffman won the 2005 MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.
2007 70 Years Old In 2007, he was featured in an advertising campaign for Australian telecommunications company Telstra's Next G network, appeared in the 50 Cent video "Follow My Lead" as a psychiatrist, and played the title character in the family film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.
2008 71 Years Old In 2008, although he was reluctant to perform in an animated feature film (Although he had previously performed voices in a version of The Point! and in an episode of The Simpsons), Hoffman had a prominent role as Shifu in the acclaimed film Kung Fu Panda, which was praised in part for his comedic chemistry with Jack Black (whom he tutored in acting for an important scene) and his character's poignantly complex relationship with the story's villain. … Read More
2010 73 Years Old He appears in Little Fockers, the critically panned yet financially successful 2010 sequel to Meet the Fockers. … Read More
2011 74 Years Old In 2011, Hoffman reprised his role as Shifu in the commercially and critically successful animated film Kung Fu Panda 2. … Read More
…  He made his directorial debut in 2012, with Quartet. … Read More
2013 76 Years Old 1 More Event
His performance was nominated for a 2013 Audie Award for Best Solo Narration – Male.
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