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      Basil Hoffman

      Basil Hoffman

      Highest Rated: 96% My Favorite Year (1982)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Rio, I Love You (2014)

      Birthday: Jan 18, 1938

      Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

      Basil Hoffman is a character actor who works in film and television. He's also an acting coach and has written textbooks on the subject, including "Acting and How to Be Good at It." Hoffman's first role beyond plays and commercials came as a juror on the TV drama "The Defenders" in 1964. He began appearing in films in the 1970s, most notably "All the President's Men," with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, in 1976, and in the western "Comes a Horseman" in 1978. He appeared alongside Redford again in the 1979 western"The Electric Horseman," and in 1980 had a supporting role in the multiple-Oscar winning drama "Ordinary People" as Sloan. On television, meanwhile, Hoffman made repeat appearances on the medical drama "Marcus Welby, M.D.," the sitcom "Sanford and Son," and the war comedy "M*A*S*H," all in the mid- to late-'70s. In the early 1980s, Hoffman made several appearances as Principal Dingleman on the high school sitcom "Square Pegs"--Sarah Jessica Parker's first big TV role--and then in the mid-80s made several more recurring appearances on the soap "Santa Barbara" and the classic cop drama "Hill Street Blues." Hoffman continued to appear on a steady series of TV shows into the early 2000s, and he even returned to the principal's chair as Headmaster Ludwig in the 2010 comedy "One Wish." Basil Hoffman died on September 17, 2021 at the age of 83.

      Highest rated movies

      My Favorite Year poster
      My Favorite Year
      The Artist poster
      The Artist
      Night Shift poster
      Night Shift
      Love at First Bite poster
      Love at First Bite
      The Electric Horseman poster
      The Electric Horseman
      Comes a Horseman poster
      Comes a Horseman
      The Box poster
      The Box
      The Last Word poster
      The Last Word

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Project: Puppies for Christmas Fred (Character) - 2019
      40% 63% The Last Word Nervous Older Man (Character) $1.8M 2017
      No Score Yet 82% The Pineville Heist Principal Parker (Character) - 2016
      8% 14% Rio, I Love You James (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 12% Throwdown Judge Eller (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 23% 3 Geezers! Victor (Character) - 2013
      95% 87% The Artist Auctioneer (Character) $44.7M 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When Life Gives You Lemons Calvin Adams (Character) - 2010
      43% 24% The Box Don Poates (Character) $15.0M 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hefner: Unauthorized Lawyer (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ice Runner J.C. Kruck (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 13% The Double O Kid Trout (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Double 0 Kid Trout (Character) - 1992
      35% 44% Switch Higgins (Character) $14.2M 1991
      No Score Yet 42% Lambada Supt. Leland (Character) $3.5M 1990
      33% 46% Communion Dr. Friedman (Character) $1.9M 1989
      96% 84% My Favorite Year Herb Lee (Character) - 1982
      93% 63% Night Shift Drollhauser (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scout's Honor Alexander (Character) - 1980
      64% 57% The Electric Horseman Toland (Character) - 1979
      70% 55% Love at First Bite Hotel Manager (uncredited) (Character) - 1979
      64% 54% Comes a Horseman George Bascomb (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Moneychangers Stanley Inchbeck (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Many Suspects Fingerprint Expert (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Ice Rip-Off Richards (Character) - 1974

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Courage, New Hampshire Unknown (Character) 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Citizen Baines Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      89% 93% Seinfeld Salesman (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet 86% Beauty and the Beast Trask (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hogan Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Living Dr. Bickley (Guest Star) 1986
      97% 100% Hill Street Blues Ed Greenglass (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet 50% Dynasty Judge Drew Mayfield (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gimme a Break Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      81% No Score Yet Square Pegs Principal Dingleman (Character) 1982-1983
      No Score Yet 80% CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet 92% M*A*S*H Major Pfiefer (Guest Star) 1974 1979
      No Score Yet 100% Barney Miller Allen Korbel (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet 75% Columbo Jason Danziger (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet 100% Sanford and Son Unknown (Guest Star) 1974 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet 100% Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1974