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Dustin Hoffman stars in "Luck," a horse-racing drama on HBO from David Milch and Michael Mann, as Ace Bernstein, an intelligent, intuitive gangster who has recently been released from prison and, along his longtime chaffeur Gus Economou (Dennis Farina), crafts a complex plan to win back his fortunes on the race track.

On the big screen, Hoffman stars in "Kung Fu Panda 2" as the voice of Master Shifu, reprising the role from the original. He also recently starred with Paul Giamatti in "Barney's Version" and opposite Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller in "Little Fockers" as Bernie Focker, reprising the role from "Meet the Fockers."

A two-time Oscar winner and seven-time nominee, Dustin Hoffman is distinguished as one of cinema's most acclaimed, distinguished leading actors. Hoffman caught the world's attention for his role as Benjamin Braddock in Mike Nichol's Academy Award-nominated film, "The Graduate." Since then, he has been nominated for six more Academy Awards for such diverse films such as "Midnight Cowboy," "Lenny," "Tootsie" (a film he also produced through his company Punch Productions) and "Wag the Dog." In 1979, Hoffman won the Oscar for his role in "Kramer vs. Kramer" and again, in 1988, for "Rain Man." In 1997, he was awarded the Golden Globe's esteemed Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Hoffman more recently starred in "Last Chance Harvey," opposite Emma Thompson, which garnered him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. In addition to both of the "Kung Fu Panda" movies, Hoffman voiced a character in the animated hit "The Tale of Despereaux."

He was also seen in "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"; "Stranger than Fiction"; "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events"; "Racing Stripes"; David O. Russell's comedy "I Heart Huckabees," with Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg and Lily Tomlin; and Marc Forster's ";Finding Neverland," opposite Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, for Miramax Films. "Finding Neverland" is a tale of magic and fantasy inspired by the life of J.M. Barrie, the real-life author of the children's classic "Peter Pan." Set in London in 1904, the film follows Barrie's creative journey to bring Peter Pan to life, from his first inspiration for the story up until the play's life-changing premiere. "Finding Neverland" premiered at the 2004 Venice International Film Festival.

Hoffman starred in Gary Fleder's "Runaway Jury," opposite John Cusack, Gene Hackman and Rachel Weisz; James Foley's "Confidence," opposite Edward Burns and Rachel Weisz; and Brad Silberling's "Moonlight Mile," opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Susan Sarandon.

His other film credits include "Little Big Man," "Straw Dogs," "Papillon," "All the President's Men," "Marathon Man," "Straight Time," "Agatha," "Ishtar," "Dick Tracy," "Billy Bathgate," "Mad City," "Hero," "Sleepers," "Sphere," "American Buffalo," "Hook" and "Outbreak."

On the stage, Hoffman has had an equally impressive career. His first stage role was in the Sarah Lawrence College production of Gertrude Stein's "Yes Is for a Very Young Man." His performance in this play led to several off-Broadway roles, for which he won the Obie Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Actor. His success onstage caught the attention of Mike Nichols, who cast him in "The Graduate." In 1974, Hoffman made his Broadway directorial debut with "All Over Town." In 1984, Hoffman garnered a Drama Desk Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Willy Loman in the Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman," which he also produced. In addition to starring in the Broadway production, a special presentation aired on television and Hoffman won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special. Additionally, Hoffman received a Tony Award nomination for his role as Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice," which he reprised from his long run on the London stage.

As a producer, Hoffman produced Tony Goldwyn's feature film "A Walk on the Moon," starring Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber and Anna Paquin, for Miramax Films. He executive produced "The Devil's Arithmetic," which won two Emmy Awards.

Hoffman was born in Los Angeles and attended Santa Monica Community College. He later studied at the Pasadena Playhouse before moving to New York to study with Lee Strasberg.

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How tall is Dustin Hoffman? How old is Dustin Hoffman? Find out here.

Age: 79 years old
Birthday: August 8, 1937
Height: 5' 5 ½"
Full Name / Real Name: Dustin Lee Hoffman
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Wife: Lisa Gottsegen (10/12/1980, 4 children)
Anne Byrne Hoffman (5/4/1969 - 10/6/1980, divorced, 2 children)

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