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Biography #2 (for Perfume)

Dustin Hoffman took the world by storm with his 1967 Oscar-nominated performance as Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate. Since then, he has been nominated for six more Academy Awards for his masterful roles in Midnight Cowboy, Lenny, Tootsie, and Wag the Dog, taking home the Oscar in 1979 for Kramer vs. Kramer and again in 1988 for his portrayal of autistic Raymond Babbit in Rain Man.

Hoffman was born in Los Angeles and studied at Santa Monica Community College and the Pasadena Playhouse before moving to New York to study with Lee Strasberg. He began his career off-Broadway, winning both the Obie and Drama Desk Awards for his roles in Harry, Noon and Night and Eh?, respectively. It was on the New York stage that he caught the attention of Mike Nichols. After The Graduate, he continued to give unforgettable performances in films that include: Little Big Man, Straw Dogs, Papillon, All the President's Men, Marathon Man, Straight Time, and Agatha.

In 1984, Hoffman hit the boards again as Willy Loman in the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, which he also produced. The role brought him the Best Actor Drama Desk Award, and in its filmed version, an Emmy for his performance.

He returned to the screen to star in diverse films such as Ishtar, Dick Tracy, Billy Bathgate, Hook, Outbreak, Sleepers, Mad City, Runaway Jury, I Heart Huckabees, Finding Neverland, and Meet the Fockers.

Hoffman produced the film A Walk on the Moon," starring Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen and Liev Shreiber, and executive produced The Devil's Arithmetic, which won two Emmy Awards.

Bio courtesy Paramount for "Perfume" (22-Jul-2007)


Biography #3 (for Finding Neverland)

A two-time Oscar winner and seven-time nominee, Dustin Hoffman is distinguished as one of the cinema's most acclaimed leading actors. Hoffman caught the world's attention for his role as Benjamin Braddock in Mike Nichol's Academy Award-nominated film, The Graduate. Since then, he has been nominated for six more Academy Awards, for such diverse films such as Midnight Cowboy, Lenny, Tootsie (a film he also produced through his company, Punch Productions), and Wag the Dog. Hoffman won the Oscar in 1979 for his role in Kramer Vs. Kramer and again in 1988 for Rain Man.

Hoffman is currently in production on Jay Roach's Meet the Fockers, the sequel to Meet the Parents, opposite Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Barbara Streisand, Blythe Danner and Teri Polo. The film is about the hell that breaks loose when the Byrnes family meets the Focker family for the first time. Hoffman plays Mr. Focker, the father of Gaylord Focker (Ben Stiller).

Hoffman will star in David O'Russell's comedy I Heart Huckabees, with Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg, Lily Tomlin and Jason Schwartzman which opens on October 15th, 2004. He will next lend his voice to Frederik Du Chau's animated film, Racing Stripes. Hoffman joins the ensemble cast which includes Frankie Muniz, Mandy Moore, Michael Clarke Duncan, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Patrick Stewart among many others.

Hoffman starred in Gary Fleder's Runaway Jury opposite John Cusack, Gene Hackman and Rachel Weisz, James Foley's Confidence opposite Edward Burns and Rachel Weisz and Brad Silberling's Moonlight Mile opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Susan Sarandon.

His other film credits include: Little Big Man, Straw Dogs, Papillon, All the President's Men, Marathon Man, Straight Time, Agatha, Ishtar, Dick Tracy, Billy Bathgate, Mad City, Hero, Sleepers, Sphere, American Buffalo, Hook, and Outbreak.

On stage, Hoffman has had an equally impressive career. His first stage role was in the Sarah Lawrence College production of Gertrude Stein's Yes is for a Very Young Man. His performance in this play led to several roles Off Broadway for which he won the Obie and Drama Desk Award for Best Actor. His success on stage caught the attention of Mike Nichols, who cast him in The Graduate. In 1974, Hoffman made his directorial debut with All Over Town. In 1984, Hoffman garnered a Drama Desk Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Willy Loman in the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman which he also produced. In addition to starring in the Broadway production, a special presentation aired on television and Hoffman won the Emmy Award. Additionally, Hoffman received a Tony Award Nomination for his role as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice which he reprised from his long run on the London Stage.

As a producer, Hoffman produced Tony Goldwyn's feature film A Walk on the Moon starring Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber and Anna Paquin. He executive produced The Devil's Arithmetic which won two Emmy Awards.

Hoffman was born in Los Angeles and attended Santa Monica Community College. He later studied at the Pasadena Playhouse before moving to New York to study with Lee Strasberg.

Bio courtesy Miramax for "Finding Neverland" (01-Dec-2004)


Biography #4 (for Confidence)

A two-time Oscar winner and seven-time nominee, Dustin Hoffman is distinguished as one of the cinema's most acclaimed leading actors. Born in Los Angeles, he attended Santa Monica City College and later studied at the Pasadena Playhouse before moving to New York to study with Lee Strasberg.

Hoffman's first stage role was in the Sarah Lawrence College production of Gertrude Stein's Yes Is For A Very Young Man and led to several roles Off Broadway, which brought him to the attention of director Mike Nichols, who casted Hoffman in his Academy Award-nominated title role in The Graduate.

Hoffman has since been nominated for six more Academy Awards, for such diverse films as Midnight Cowboy, Lenny, Tootsie (a film he also produced through his company, Punch Productions), and Wag the Dog, and winning the Oscar for Kramer Vs. Kramer in 1979 and again in 1988 for Rain Man.

Other film credits include Little Big Man, Straw Dogs, Papillon, All the President's Men, Marathon Man, Straight Time, Agatha, Ishtar, Dick Tracy, Billy Bathgate, Hook, Hero, Sleepers, Sphere, American Buffalo, Outbreak, and Mad City. Hoffman recently appeared in Brad Silberling's Moonlight Mile, starring opposite Susan Sarandon.

Hoffman's stage work has been equally impressive, returning to Broadway in 1974 for his stage directorial debut, All Over Town, and in 1984 to star as Willy Loman in the revival of Death of a Salesman, which he also produced and for which he earned the Drama Desk Award for Best Actor and an Emmy Award when the production was filmed as a special presentation for television. He would reprise his long run on the London stage as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and receive a Tony Award nomination.

Hoffman also produced the feature film A Walk on the Moon, and executive produced, and won two Emmy Awards for, The Devil's Arithmetic.

His upcoming projects include: The Runaway Jury, starring opposite John Cusack, Gene Hackman, and Rachel Weisz. He can soon be seen in Neverland, starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet and will begin production this spring on Andy Garcia's The Lost City.

Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films for "Confidence" (01-Jan-2000)


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