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  • Dustin Hoffman, announced in August 2013 that he had been treated for an unspecified form of cancer, and would continue to receive preventative treatments.
  • and an autistic in Rain Man (1988).
  • an actor pretending to be a woman in Tootsie (1982)
  • such as a crippled street hustler in Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  • Famous for taking a wide range of difficult roles
  • Trained at The Pasadena Playhouse for two years.
  • Decided to go into acting because he did not want to work or go into the service.
  • Also received some training at Los Angeles Conservatory of Music.
  • But before he did, he took an acting course because he was told that "nobody flunks acting."
  • Went to Santa Monica City College where he dropped out after a year due to bad grades.
  • He Graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955.
  • Starred on Meet The Fackers
  • As of 2008, he and Philip Seymour Hoffman are the only two winners of best actor in a leading role at the Oscars to share a last name. Philip won for 'Capote' and Dustin won for 'Kramer vs. Kramer' and 'Rain Man'.
  • The bathroom scene in Runaway Jury (2003), where Roar confronts Finch is the first ever dialog in a movie between him and Gene Hackman. It was added when someone on the crew found out that the two, though they had been friends for 50 years, had never starred in a movie together.
  • The only actor in history to have top billing in three films that won the Best Picture Oscar: Midnight Cowboy (1969), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Rain Man (1988).
  • Is one of the main supporters and contributers to the Santa Monica College Madison Theatre in Santa Monica, CA.
  • Has 6 children: Jenna Byrne and Karina Hoffman with his first wife Anne Byrne; Jake Hoffman, Rebecca Hoffman, Max Hoffman and Alexandra Hoffman with his second wife Lisa Gottsegen.
  • Was in talks to appear in The Verdict (1982).
  • Was an L.A. high school classmate of Johnnie L. Cochran Jr..
  • Was Warner Brothers' first consideration for "The Penguin" in Batman Returns (1992).
  • On an episode of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992), Dustin Hoffman said that his cameo in the film The Holiday (2006) was not scripted and unplanned. He was driving by the Blockbuster shown in the film and saw all of the cameras and equipment so he decided to stop in and see what was happening. Because he knew director Nancy Meyers, they worked up a scene which ultimately made the final cut.
  • Is active in a commercial campaign with the Swedish clothing company KappAhl.
  • While having dinner with Paul McCartney, Dustin Hoffman told the story of the death of Pablo Picasso and his famous last words, "Drink to me, drink to my health. You know I can't drink anymore." Paul had a guitar with him and immediately played an impromptu chord progression while singing the quote. Thus, "Picasso's Last Words", one of the highlights of the "Band On The Run" album, was made.
  • Two of his films are on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are Rain Man (1988) at #63 and All the President's Men (1976) at #34.
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