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Dustin Hoffman: Roles He Missed That Other Actors Made Famous

By    |   Tuesday, 16 February 2016 03:52 PM

Dustin Hoffman, who often plays bumbling everyman types, often felt like a bumbler himself. "I failed everything growing up. I was convinced I was failing for a reason," he said, according to IMDb. "I wasn't intelligent or like most people. I could barely get through school. I was considered in my family to be a loser."

Of course, Hoffman obviously is not a loser now, but a respected career actor, with a list of screen credits anyone would be proud of: "The Graduate," "Midnight Cowboy," "Little Big Man," "Straw Dogs," "Papillon," "Lenny," "All the President's Men," "Marathon Man," "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Tootsie," "I (Heart) Huckabees," and on and on, for a total of 76 roles great and small.

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But Gene Hackman's former roommate (who later roomed with Robert Duvall, in their early days as complete unknowns) did turn down, or otherwise miss out on, a number of enticing roles, which other actors made famous:

1. "Superman" (1978)
Hoffman was considered for the mild-mannered superhero but was eventually offered the role of Lex Luthor, which he turned down. It went to his old roommate Gene Hackman, and Christopher Reeve became Superman.

2. "Rain Man" (1988)
Yes, he starred in it, but Hoffman was originally tapped to play Charlie. He chose to realize the role of Raymond instead, with Tom Cruise taking Hoffman's original assignment. Hoffman won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and the film won Best Picture.

3. "The Producers" (1968)
Although Hoffman was ready to work on the film, the production schedule for "The Graduate" precluded it. The part went to Kenneth Mars and became one of his best-known films.

4. "Popeye" (1980)
Would Hoffman have been better than Robin Williams, who created the cinematic version of the cantankerous cartoon sailor?

5. "Lolita" (1997)
Hoffman was one of several actors considered for the role of Humbert Humbert, which finally landed on Jeremy Irons' lap.

6. "The Goodbye Girl" (1977)
NotStarring.com claims that Neil Simon based the character of the "neurotic, egocentric struggling NY actor" on Hoffman himself. Be that as it may, Richard Dreyfuss played the part.

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7. "The Godfather" (1972)
Hoffman was considered to play Michael Corleone, but Pacino landed the role. Pacino was nominated for both a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award, and the film won the Best Picture Oscar.

8. "Blade Runner" (1982)
Hoffman was a contender for the role of Deckard, which Harrison Ford played as a world-weary sci-fi Bogie.

9. "Jaws" (1975)
"Hoffman stated in an interview that Spielberg offered him a part in the film, presumably the [Richard] Dreyfuss role," says NotStarring.com.

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Dustin Hoffman may have two Academy Awards and six Golden Globes, but he hasn't taken or been selected for every role put in front of him. Here are nine roles he missed that other actors made famous.
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