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July 11, 2020

40 Vintage Photos of Dustin Hoffman in the 1960s and ’70s

Born 1937 in Los Angeles, California, American actor and filmmaker Dustin Hoffman had his first theatrical performance in 1961’s A Cook for Mr. General. During that time, he appeared in several guest roles on television in shows like Naked City and The Defenders, then starred in the 1966 Off-Broadway play Eh? where his performance garnered him both a Theatre World Award and Drama Desk Award.

Hoffman’s breakthrough role was as Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate (1967) where he received his first Academy Award nomination. His next role was “Ratzo” Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy (1969), where he received the Oscar nomination, and the film went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Hoffman gained success in the 1970s playing roles that shaped the craft of his acting abilities, crossing genres effortlessly in the western Little Big Man (1971), the prison drama Papillon (1973), playing controversial and groundbreaking comedian in Bob Fosse's Lenny (1975), Marathon Man (1976), and as Carl Bernstein investigating the Watergate scandal in All the President's Men (1976).

In 1979, Hoffman starred in the family drama Kramer vs. Kramer alongside Meryl Streep. They both received Academy Awards for their performances.

Hoffman is the recipient of numerous accolades including two Academy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards (including the Cecil B. DeMille Award), four British Academy Film Awards, three Drama Desk Awards, and two Emmy Awards. He received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1999 and the Kennedy Center Honors Award in 2012.

Take a look at these vintage photos to see portrait of a young Dustin Hoffman in the 1960s and 1970s.


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