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Dustin Hoffman (uncredited)

Dustin Hoffman

(Actor and director; born August 8, 1937, in Los Angeles, California)If a visitor from another planet were to stumble on a trove of American movies, he might wonder at the tireless troupe of actors who have portrayed a full spectrum of humanity including everything from a pathetic homeless bum to a dashing Manhattan single, a popular soap opera diva on television and a down-on-his-luck singer in Ishtar, an innocent named Benjamin just out of college and about to be seduced, a 121-year-old Native American about to die, a young divorced parent, an autistic savant, a Washington Post reporter going after the Watergate cover-up story, and a Columbia graduate student with the Nazis after him, Meyer Lansky, Lenny Bruce, Willy Lohman and even Shakespeare's Shylock, plus Captain Hook, and the voice of Shifu in the Kung Fu Panda films for good measure. The idea that a single person could portray all these roles is of course too much. Yet that is only a fraction of Dustin Hoffman's body of work. Perhaps the most versatile, iconoclastic, and surprising of American actors, Dustin Hoffman's commitment to the roles he plays makes him a Hollywood powerhouse."I grew up thinking a movie star had to be like Rock Hudson or Tab Hunter," recalled Hoffman, "certainly nobody in any way like me.

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Kennedy Center Honors Highlights 2012

Makarova, and rock band Led Zeppelin--are recognized for their contributions to the arts.