Dustin Hoffman

Highest Rated: 100% Death of a Salesman (1985)
Lowest Rated: 9% The Cobbler (2015)
Birthday: Aug 8, 1937
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
The emergence of Dustin Hoffman in 1967 heralded the arrival of a new era of Hollywood stardom. Diminutive, wiry and unassuming, he was anything but the usual matinee idol, yet he quickly distinguished himself among the most popular and celebrated screen performers of his generation. A notoriously difficult talent famous for his battles with directors as well as his total immersion in his performances, Hoffman further battled against stereotypes by accepting roles which cast him firmly as an antihero, often portraying troubled, even tragic figures rarely destined for a happy ending. By extension, he broke new ground for all actors -- not only were stars no longer limited to heroic, larger-than-life characterizations, but in his wake virtually anyone, regardless of their seeming physical limitations, could attain success on the big screen. Born August 8, 1937 in Los Angeles, Hoffman originally studied to become a doctor, but later focused his attentions on acting, performing regularly at the Pasadena Playhouse alongside fellow aspirant Gene Hackman. Upon relocating to New York City, he worked a series of odd jobs, landing the occasional small television role and later touring in summer stock. Frustrated by his lack of greater success, Hoffman once even left acting to teach, but in 1960 he won a role in the off-Broadway production Yes Is for a Very Young Man. After 1961's A Cook for Mr. General, however, he continued to struggle, and did not reappear onstage for several years, in the meantime studying with Lee Strasberg at the Actors' Studio and becoming a dedicated Method actor. Finally, in 1964 Hoffman appeared in a string of theatrical projects including productions of Waiting for Godot and The Dumbwaiter. Two years later he won a Best Actor Obie for his work in The Journey of the Fifth Horse. In 1967 Hoffman made his film debut with a tiny role in the feature The Tiger Makes Out, a similarly brief appearance in Un Dollaro per Sette Vigliachi followed later that same year, as did a highly-acclaimed turn in the theatrical farce Eh? It was here that he was first spotted by director Mike Nichols, who cast him in the lead role in his 1967 black comedy The Graduate. Though 30 at the time of filming, Hoffman was perfectly cast as an alienated college student, and his work won him not only an Oscar nomination but also made him a hugely popular performer with the youth market. His status as a burgeoning counterculture hero was solidified thanks to his work in John Schlesinger's 1969 Academy Award winner Midnight Cowboy, which earned Hoffman a second Oscar bid. While the follow-up, the romance John and Mary, was a disappointment, in 1970 he starred in Arthur Penn's Little Big Man, delivering a superb portrayal of an Indian fighter -- a role which required him to age 100 years. Directed by his longtime friend Ulu Grosbard, 1971's Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? was Hoffman's first outright failure. He next starred in Sam Peckinpah's harrowing Straw Dogs, a film which earned harsh criticism during its original release but which, like much of Peckinpah's work, was later the subject of much favorable reassessment. In 1973 Hoffman co-starred with Steve McQueen in the prison drama Papillon, which returned him to the ranks of box-office success before he starred as the legendary stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce in Bob Fosse's 1974 biography Lenny, a stunning portrayal which earned him a third Academy Award nomination. Another real-life figure followed as Hoffman portrayed Carl Bernstein opposite Robert Redford's Bob Woodward in All the President's Men, Alan J. Pakula's riveting docudrama on the Watergate break-in. Next, Hoffman reteamed with director Schlesinger for 1976's Marathon Man, which cast him alongside Laurence Olivier and scored another major hit. The1978 Straight Time, a pet project helmed by Grosbard, was critically acclaimed but a financial disappointment, and 1979's Agatha pleased neithe


Highest Rated Movies



93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Actor 2017
62% The Program Actor 2016
87% Kung Fu Panda 3 Shifu $128.4M 2016
No Score Yet Kung Fu Panda: Secrets Of The Scroll Shifu / Warrior 2016
47% Boychoir Master Carvelle $0.2M 2015
9% The Cobbler Abraham Simkin 2015
No Score Yet Roald Dahl's Esio Trot Actor 2015
87% Chef Riva $23.7M 2014
80% Quartet Director Executive Producer $18.1M 2013
97% Paul Williams Still Alive Actor $38.1K 2012
No Score Yet Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters Shifu 2011
81% Kung Fu Panda 2 Master Shifu $165.3M 2011
79% Barney's Version Izzy Panofsky $7.6M 2011
9% Little Fockers Bernie Focker $148.4M 2010
No Score Yet Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special Actor 2010
67% Jews And Baseball: An American Love Story Narrator 2010
92% Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? Actor $30.3K 2010
94% Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman Narrator 2009
71% Last Chance Harvey Harvey Shine $14.9M 2009
No Score Yet Against the Tide Narrator 2009
57% The Tale of Despereaux Roscuro $50.9M 2008
No Score Yet Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five Shifu 2008
87% Kung Fu Panda Shifu $215.4M 2008
38% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Mr. Magorium $32.2M 2007
83% Trumbo Actor $28.6K 2007
58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Guiseppe Baldini $2.2M 2006
72% Stranger Than Fiction Professor Jules Hilbert $40.2M 2006
25% The Lost City Meyer Lansky $2.5M 2005
35% Racing Stripes Tucker $49.2M 2005
39% Meet the Fockers Bernie Focker $279.2M 2004
82% Finding Neverland Charles Frohman 2004
63% I Heart Huckabees Bernard Jaffe $12.8M 2004
No Score Yet Tales Of Wonder: Music And Animation Actor 2004
73% Runaway Jury Wendall Rohr $49.3M 2003
69% Confidence King $12.2M 2003
No Score Yet Festival Pass with Chris Gore Actor 2002
63% Moonlight Mile Ben Floss 2002
91% The Kid Stays in the Picture Actor $1.4M 2002
No Score Yet Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies Actor 2001
No Score Yet Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies Narrator 2001
No Score Yet The Directors Interviewee 2000
No Score Yet Hollywood Screen Tests Actor 2000
30% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc The Conscience 1999
No Score Yet The Devil's Arithmetic Executive Producer 1999
72% A Walk on the Moon Producer 1999
12% Sphere Dr. Norman Goodman 1998
85% Wag the Dog Stanley Motss 1997
37% Mad City Max Brackett 1997
73% Sleepers Danny Snyder 1996
74% American Buffalo Teach 1996
57% Outbreak Sam Daniels 1995
65% Hero Bernie Laplante 1992
26% Hook Capt. James Hook 1991
38% Billy Bathgate Dutch Schultz 1991
No Score Yet Remember Pearl Harbor Actor 1991
No Score Yet Wish for Wings That Work Actor 1991
No Score Yet Opus & Bill - A Wish For Wings That Work Actor 1991
No Score Yet Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt Actor 1990
63% Dick Tracy Mumbles 1990
38% Family Business Vito 1989
89% Rain Man Raymond Babbitt 1988
38% Ishtar Chuck Clarke 1987
No Score Yet Private Conversations: On the Set of 'Death of a Salesman' Actor 1985
100% Death of a Salesman Willy Loman 1985
57% Terror in the Aisles Actor 1984
89% Tootsie Michael/Dorothy 1982
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jimmy Stewart Actor 1980
91% Kramer vs. Kramer Ted Kramer 1979
77% Agatha Wally Stanton 1979
86% Straight Time Producer Max Dembo 1978
81% Marathon Man Babe Levy 1976
93% All the President's Men Carl Bernstein 1976
95% Lenny Lenny Bruce 1974
83% Papillon Dega 1973
No Score Yet Alfredo, Alfredo Alfredo Sbisà 1972
87% Straw Dogs David 1971
No Score Yet Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Georgie Soloway 1971
No Score Yet The Point Narrator 1971
96% Little Big Man Jack Crabb 1970
44% John and Mary John 1969
90% Midnight Cowboy Enrico `Ratso' Rizzo 1969
No Score Yet Madigan's Millions Jason Fister 1968
89% The Graduate Benjamin Braddock 1967
No Score Yet The Tiger Makes Out Hap 1967
No Score Yet The Star Wagon Actor 1967
No Score Yet The Journey of the Fifth Horse Dmitri Zoditch 1966


No Score Yet Charlie Rose
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • 2017
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
  • 2016
50% Medici
Giovanni de' Medici
  • 2016
No Score Yet American Masters
Appearing Narrator
  • 2016
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2006
  • 2003
82% Luck
Producer Chester "Ace" Bernstein
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • 2009
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • 2006
85% The Simpsons
  • 1991