Actor Basil Hoffman

Air Date:

Friday,Nov 30, 2012

Show #94

Basil Hoffman is an American character actor. He has had a film and TV career spanning five decades, often in classic films.

He is best known for his work with distinguished film directors, including Peter Bogdanovich, Mario Monicelli, Richard Benjamin, Carl Reiner (twice), Peter Medak (five times) and Alan J. Pakula (twice); Academy Award winners Michel Hazanavicius, Steven Spielberg, Delbert Mann, Blake Edwards, Stanley Donen, Sydney Pollack, Ron Howard and Robert Redford (twice as director); and many others. His films include: “All the President’s Men”, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “My Favorite Year”, and Academy Award winning Best Pictures “The Artist” and” Ordinary People.”

A long-time private acting teacher and coach, he has also been a frequent guest lecturer and teacher at prestigious professional and academic institutions, including (among many others) the American Film Institute, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the University of Southern California, Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and the Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut, Lebanon.

He is also the author of the acting textbooks, “Cold Reading And How to Be Good At It”, and “Acting and How To Be Good At It” (and The Second Edition) with a foreword by Sydney Pollack.

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