Maverick actor Hoffman celebrates milestone

BIRTHDAY BOY: Dustin Hoffman in the dynastic series Medici: Masters of Florence.
BIRTHDAY BOY: Dustin Hoffman in the dynastic series Medici: Masters of Florence.

LOOKING back on Dustin Hoffman's acting career, he has remained one of the truly adaptive actors that been able to travel convincingly across a whole range of characters.

As he celebrates his 80th birthday today, August 8, the academy award winning actor would have to be proud of what he has achieved from his early stage acting days of the '60s through to the 2016 TV history drama, Medici,  Masters of Florence.

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Hoffman rose to the big screen fame in 1967 for his role in cult movie, The Graduate. Hoffman played the college graduate Benjamin Braddock who was seduced by the much older Mrs Robinson played by Anne Brancroft, but then fell in love with her daughter.

Love was in the air, naive young men were discovering their freedom and the world was changing.

Remember the soundtrack to that movie - Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence. A haunting song that still reignites the images and drama of The Graduate.

It wasn't until 1980 that he succeeded in winning his first Academy Award for Kramer vs Kramer.  He followed this with several more high-profile movies including the fabulously funny Tootsie, before receiving his second Academy Award in 1988 for the movie Rain Man.

Hoffman superbly portrayed an autistic genius with Tom Cruise his side-kick in this memorable movie.  Rain Man has proved to be an iconic movie that has been played many times and yet still holds an audience with the brilliant acting of its lead and the challenge of following a confronting story.

He has been nominated five further Academy Awards, won six of his 13 Golden Globe nominations, alongside a lot more international acting accolades.

Hoffman remains held in high esteem by the American acting industry. 

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