Magnificent Actor Dustin Hoffman Turned 78 Today.1,080 views
Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, on August 8, 1937, to Lillian and Harry Hoffman. Although he is Jewish, Hoffman and his brother were raised in a relatively secular household. When asked about the family’s observance of the holidays, Hoffman once said, “About the time I realized we were Jews, maybe when I was about 10, I went to the delicatessen and ordered bagels and draped them around the tree.”
Hoffman’s acting career began at age 19, when he dropped out of college to pursue the stage at the Pasadena Playhouse. There, Hoffman befriended another young actor, Gene Hackman. Eventually, the two would move to New York City together, looking for work in television and in off-Broadway plays.
An unconventional-looking actor for the time period, Hoffman had difficulty getting roles in an industry primarily looking for pretty faces. To make ends meet, he took odd jobs and the occasional bit role. He later recounted, “I lived below the official American poverty line until I was 31.”