2022-09-30

Dustin Hoffman
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  • Faith: Judaism
  • Career: Actor
  • Birthday:  August 08, 1937
  • Fun Faith Fact!: Hoffman learned more about his Jewish heritage on PBS' "Finding Your Roots."

Dustin Hoffman is a filmmaker and actor. He's received numerous awards, including two Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, and two Primetime Emmys. Hoffman knew he wanted to pursue the arts at a young age and eventually chose acting, where he studied at the Pasadena Playhouse. Hoffman's breakout role came as Benjamin Braddock in the iconic film "The Graduate." After that role, he starred in films like "Midnight Cowboy" and "Little Big Man."

After a three-year break from movies, Hoffman returned in 1982's "Tootsie." In the 2000s, Hoffman starred in films like "Kung Fu Panda,” "Finding Neverland,” "Meet the Fockers," and "Little Fockers." He made his directorial debut with "Quartet" in 2012.

Is Dustin Hoffman religious?

Hoffman is Jewish, from an Ashkenazi Jewish family of immigrants from Ukraine and Romania, although he said his upbringing was non-religious. Hoffman said, "I don't have any memory of celebrating holidays growing up that were Jewish," and that he realized he was Jewish when he was about ten. In the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," Hoffman said his parents wanted to break away from their Jewish heritage. However, the show helped him uncover his great-grandmother's fate, which he never knew.


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