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Happy 80th Birthday Dustin Hoffman August 8th 2017!

DH The Tiger Makes Out.jpgDH The Graduate.jpgDH Madigan's Millions.jpgDH Midnight Cowboy.jpgDH John and MaryDH Little Big Man.jpgDH Who is Harry.jpgDH Straw Dogs.jpgDH Alfredo Alfredo.jpgDH Papillon.jpgDH Lenny.jpgDH All the President's Men.jpgDH Marathon Man.jpgDh Straight Time.jpgDh Agatha.jpgDH Kramer vs Kramer.jpgDH Tootsie.jpgDH Ishtar.jpgDh Rain Man.jpgDh Family Business.jpgDH Dick Tracy.jpgDH Billy Bathgate.jpgDH Hook.pngDH Hero.jpgDH Outbreak.JPGDH Sleepers.jpgDH American Buffalo.jpgDH Mad City.jpgDh Wag the Dog.jpgDh Sphere.jpgDH The Messenger.jpgDH Moonlight Mile.jpgDh confidence.jpgDh Runaway Jury.jpgDH Finding Neverland.jpgDh Huckabees.JPGDh Meet the Fockers.jpgDh Racing Stripes.JPGDH The Lost City.jpgDH perfume.jpgDH Stranger Than Fiction.jpgDH The Holiday poster.jpgDH Mr Margorium.jpgDH Kung Fu Panda.jpgDH Last Chance Harvey.jpgDH The Tale of Desperaux.jpgDH Barneys Version.jpgDH Little Fockers.jpgDH Kung Fu Panda 2.jpgDh Quartet.jpgDH Luck.jpgDH ChefDh the choir.jpgDh The Cobbler.jpgDh Esio Trot.jpgDH The Program.jpgDH Kung Fu Panda 3.jpgDH Medici.jpgDh The Meyerowitz Stories.png

Such a surprising star – and such a lucky break for the audience that he broke through in the late 60s with The Graduate:  the perfect choice for the perfect film. I got such a surprise when I found out he was an LA native. He seemed pure NYC.  As the Seventies progressed it looked like he got even better with every new film,  with some extraordinary performances in magically good movies. Look at them! Midnight CowboyLittle Big Man. Papillon. All the President’s Men…  What a run! He got a bit of a telling off from Laurence Olivier on Marathon Man (“why don’t you try acting, dear boy?”) but starred in that Ur-film of abject masculine paragons, Kramer Vs. Kramer, getting the Oscar. He started directing Straight Time but left it to Ulu Grosbard and wouldn’t return to that role until Quartet in 2012.  The Eighties were straightforward star vehicles albeit with some Oscar bids in Tootsie as the cross-dressing actor and the lovable numbers-obsessed autistic brother in Rain Man.  In between more conventional parts in the 90s were the comic and satiric – wasn’t Wag the Dog pretty great?! Especially his take on Robert Evans! As the roles became less important and more supporting characters he took to kids’ films and quirky family comedy but made time for auteur directors like Tom Tykwer (Perfume) and most recently Noah Baumbach (The Meyerowitz Stories). His heyday may be in the rearview mirror but he is constantly surprising us as he always has. What a guy! Happy birthday Mr Hoffman. Please don’t stop acting!

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