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With over 40 years of experience in theater and film, Academy Award winning actor Dustin Hoffman has emerged as one of America's greatest talents. One who has been known for his unrelenting dedication to his craft, he has garnered praise for playing everything from an actor in drag to an autistic savant to most recently, a man discovering that there are second chances when it comes to love, all while being nominated 7 times and picking up two golden statues along the way.
Dustin Hoffman arrived in New York City in 1958. By 1960, he finally landed an onstage gig in one of Gertrude Stein's final plays, Yes is for a Very Young Man." The following year, he had a small part on Broadway and his first walk-on TV role. Hoffman soon began training with method acting legend Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio. It was there, that he refined his technique and began to hone the dramatic approach that would become his trademark.
Hoffman became one of the establishing figures in the "New Hollywood" when director Mike Nichols cast him in the now classic film The Graduate, released in 1967. Due to his career-making performance as the young Benjamin Braddock, he received his first Academy Award nomination for this subtly hilarious yet profoundly moving performance. In 1969, Hoffman shared the screen with Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy which soon earned him another Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo, a limping, tubercular nickel-and-dime conman who forms an unlikely support system with a Texas hustler (Voight).
On a definite roll moving into the 1970s, Hoffman starred in the satirical Little Big Man and wowed audiences with Straw Dogs, Papillon and Marathon Man. In 1974, Hoffman was nominated for yet another Academy Award for his complex, multi-dimensional portrait of hard-driving social comedian Lenny Bruce in Lenny. Hoffman then tackled the portrayal of another real-life figure in the gripping Watergate docudrama, All the President's Men in 1976, playing aggressive young Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein and in 1979 Hoffman scored both critical and popular success with Kramer vs. Kramer for which he received his first Oscar for his painfully honest portrait as a working father in the midst of a custody battle.
His star continued to rise in the 80s and 90's with unforgettable films such as Tootsie, Rain Man, Dick Tracy, Hook and Wag the Dog, as well as his return to Broadway for a revival of "Death of a Salesman," (for which he won another Drama Desk, an Emmy and a Golden Globe), as well as being honored by the American Film Institute with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 2000's found him working with old friends such as Gene Hackman in Runaway Jury and Barbra Streisand in Meet the Fockers. Hoffman earned equal comedic accolades for Stranger Than Fiction in 2006 and later that year was cast in the stylish period thriller Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. This year, Hoffman tried his hand at something new, voicing the character of Shifu in the animated blockbuster Kung Fu Panda.
This morning, in an in-depth exclusive interview, Dustin Hoffman chats with host Lynn Hoffman giving his insight into his multi-faceted career, from working with some of film history's biggest luminaries and receiving the industry's highest accolades, to his wonderful new role in his latest film, Last Chance Harvey. Plus, don't miss special guest appearances by Emma Thompson, Justin Henry and more, all on today's PRIVATE SESSIONS.
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