Basil Hoffman

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Basil Harry Hoffman (born January 18, 1938) is an American actor. He has had a film and TV career spanning five decades mostly in supporting roles. He has starred in films with many award-winning directors, including Alan Pakula and Robert Redford. He has also authored two books about acting, including Acting and How to Be Good at It. Hoffman was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Beulah (née Novoselsky) and David Hoffman, an antique dealer. He graduated from Tulane University with a B.B.A. in economics; and he spent two years at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, receiving a scholarship for the second, graduating year. His thirteen years of work in New York included many plays, some roles in episodic television, a recurring character on One Life to Live on ABC, hundreds of commercials and a film role in Lady Liberty with Sophia Loren, directed by Mario Monicelli. He made his first trip to Los Angeles in 1974. In that season, he filmed a theatrical feature, At Long Last Love, for Peter Bogdanovich, two television movies, television episodes of Kung Fu, Rockford Files, Sanford and Son, Police Woman and M*A*S*H, and several commercials.
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