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Dustin Hoffman on TV: How His Star Power Went Beyond the Big Screen

By    |   Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 03:26 PM

Dustin Hoffman's long career as an actor spans six decades in movies, TV, and on stage. He is best known for big screen cinema performances such as “The Graduate,” “Rain Man,” and “Kramer vs. Kramer.” He has also won kudos for his stage work and won Emmy awards for his work on TV.

Here are several examples of when Hoffman's star power went beyond the big screen:

1. “Death of a Salesman”

Hoffman won an Emmy award and a Golden Globe for the 1985 TV movie rendition of “Death of a Salesman.” He reprised his role of Willy Loman for which he won the Drama Desk Award on Broadway.

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Loman's son Biff was played by John Malkovich. The TV movie, which was a close representation of the Broadway version that featured most of the same cast, received positive reviews from critics of the time.

2. “The Simpsons”

While uncredited at the time, Hoffman guest-starred on “The Simpsons” in season 2 (1991). Like many other big name celebrities who appeared early in the history of the animated series, he used a pseudonym in the credits, according to IMDb. Hoffman voiced a substitute teacher at Lisa Simpson's school.

3. “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Hoffman played an angel of sorts in the Season 5 finale, “The End.” Hoffman appears alongside Sacha Baron Cohen as guides to heaven for character, Larry David. Hoffman's character and Larry get in an argument about DVD cases, which ends with Larry being kicked out of heaven.

4. “Luck”

The star power of Dustin Hoffman wasn't enough to save “Luck,” an HBO series about horse racing. The show was canceled after PETA and the Hollywood gossip site TMZ accused the producers of not caring for the horses, allegedly causing the death of horses that died during filming. The network and Hoffman vigorously defended the animal welfare practices on the show's production.

“It still deeply wounds me,” Hoffman told The Hollywood Reporter. “Not for myself, not for the show, but the pain they caused 400 crew people to have.” The show's mediocre ratings were also cited by The Hollywood Reporter as a reason why HBO didn't fight to keep the show alive.

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Dustin Hoffman's long career as an actor spans six decades in movies, TV, and on stage. He is best known for big screen cinema performances such as “The Graduate,” “Rain Man,” and “Kramer vs. Kramer.” He has also won kudos for his stage work and won Emmy awards for his work on TV.
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