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Dustin Hoffman Taking on TV with 'Luck'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 2nd 2010 10:10AM
dustin_hoffman_headshot_meet_the_fockersIn 1965, Dustin Hoffman played Buddy in an episode of CBS's legal drama 'The Defenders.' It didn't cause much of a ripple. He was still an unknown, struggling actor when he landed the role of Benjamin in 'The Graduate,' a role bigger names had all turned down including Charles Grodin, Robert Redford and Warren Beatty. The point is that unlike many young actors, television did not launch the career of two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman.

But Dustin is giving TV another shot. Dustin Hoffman will star in 'Luck,' David Milch's new series for HBO. Michael Mann has also signed up to direct the pilot, and Dennis Farina and John Ortiz have been cast as well. That's a boat-load of talent and a good indication that HBO is high on the project. Presumably, Hoffman, Milch, Mann and company don't come cheap. Milch's previous work for HBO includes 'Deadwood' and 'John in Cincinatti.'

Dustin is starring in 'Luck' as a character named Ace Bernstein, a 60-year-old inveterate gambler who has only recently been released from prison. He's still hanging out at the race track when he comes up with a new way to beat the system.

By the way, Hoffman has dabbled in television since 'The Defenders.' In 1985, he did 'Death of a Salesman,' the TV adaptation of the Broadway revival. His performance as Willy Loman won Dustin an Emmy -- after he'd already won a Tony.

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DELL YOUNT

Have I mentioned that I want to audition for LUCK!
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March 05 2010 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DELL YOUNT

Have I mentioned that I want to audition for LUCK!
http://upinclass.blogspot.com/

March 05 2010 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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