Dustin Hoffman, who was born on August 8, 1937, is a talented actor who has been in many great movies during his career. He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards and has won two, for his performances in Kramer vs. Kramer and Rain Man.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the legendary actor:
10 Interesting Facts About Dustin Hoffman #1:
The first interesting fact about Hoffman is that he has publically claimed that he lived below the poverty line in the United States until he was 31-years-old.
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He is only seven years younger than actor Sean Connery. It should be noted, however, that Connery played Hoffman’s father in the 1989 movie Family Business.
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He talked about his perspective on divorce after the filming of Kramer vs. Kramer. In his words, “What makes divorce happen is that you can’t be in the same space any more, for whatever reason – but the love stays. And that’s the killer. That’s where the vehemence and anger and rage comes from.”
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When he attended the Los Angeles High School, he was a classmate of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.
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For his performance as the lead character in the movie Little Big Man who aged from 17 to 121 over the course of the movie, he earned an entry in The Guinness Book of World Records for “Greatest Age Span Portrayed By A Movie Actor.”
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He has also commented on how his acting career started. In his words, “I wanted to be a jazz pianist, but I wasn’t good enough. I got into city college because I didn’t have the grades to get into university. I took acting because it was a way to get three credits. I just needed three credits and my friend told me to take acting because it was like gym – nobody fails you.”
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Another interesting fact is that he was considered for the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather.
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Entertainment Weekly once voted him as the 28th greatest movie star of all time.
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He has been in eight movies that have been nominated for Academy Awards. They are The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, Lenny, All the President’s Men, Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man, and Finding Neverland.
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The last interesting fact is that Hoffman has talked about his attitude towards aging. In his words, “I don’t like the fact that I have to get older so fast, but I like the fact that I’m aging so well.”
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“Dustin Hoffman Biography,” Biography.com.
Simon Hattenstone, “Dustin Hoffman: facing down my demons,” The Guardian.