Basil Hoffman

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Actor

Birth Date: January 18, 1938

Death Date: September 17, 2021

Birth Place: Houston, Texas

Basil Hoffman is a character actor who works in film and television. He's also an acting coach and has written textbooks on the subject, including "Acting and How to Be Good at It." Hoffman's first role beyond plays and commercials came as a juror on the TV drama "The Defenders" in 1964. He began appearing in films in the 1970s, most notably "All the President's Men," with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, in 1976, and in the western "Comes a Horseman" in 1978. He appeared alongside Redford again in the 1979 western"The Electric Horseman," and in 1980 had a supporting role in the multiple-Oscar winning drama "Ordinary People" as Sloan. On television, meanwhile, Hoffman made repeat appearances on the medical drama "Marcus Welby, M.D.," the sitcom "Sanford and Son," and the war comedy "M*A*S*H," all in the mid- to late-'70s. In the early 1980s, Hoffman made several appearances as Principal Dingleman on the high school sitcom "Square Pegs"--Sarah Jessica Parker's first big TV role--and then in the mid-80s made several more recurring appearances on the soap "Santa Barbara" and the classic cop drama "Hill Street Blues." Hoffman continued to appear on a steady series of TV shows into the early 2000s, and he even returned to the principal's chair as Headmaster Ludwig in the 2010 comedy "One Wish." Basil Hoffman died on September 17, 2021 at the age of 83.

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Lucky Louie

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Movie
2024

Project: Puppies for Christmas

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Fred
Movie
2019

The Last WordStream

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Nervous Older Man
Movie
2017
40%

The Pineville Heist

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Principal Parker
Movie
2016

Throwdown

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Judge Eller
Movie
2014

Rio, Eu te Amo

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James
Movie
2014

3 Geezers!

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Victor
Movie
2013

Courage, New Hampshire

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2012

The ArtistStream

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Auctioneer
Movie
2011
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When Life Gives You Lemons

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Calvin Adams
Movie
2010

The BoxStream

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Don Poates
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2009
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Citizen Baines

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2001

Hefner: Unauthorized

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Lawyer
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1999

The PracticeStream

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1997

Escape en el Hielo

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1993

The Ice Runner

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J.C. Kruck
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1993

The Double O Kid

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Trout
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1992

The Double 0 Kid

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Trout
Movie
1992

Switch

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Higgins
Movie
1991

Lambada

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Supt. Leland
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1990

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Salesman
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1989
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CommunionStream

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Dr. Friedman
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1989
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Beauty and the Beast

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Trask
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1987

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1986

The Hogan Family

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1986

The Twilight Zone

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1985

227Stream

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1985

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

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1985

Murder, She WroteStream

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Milton Overguard
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1984

Square PegsStream

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Principal Dingleman
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1982

Night Shift

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Drollhauser
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1982

My Favorite YearStream

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Herb Lee
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1982
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Gimme a Break!

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1981

Hill Street BluesStream

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Ed Greenglass
Series
1981
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DynastyStream

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Judge Drew Mayfield
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1981

It's a LivingStream

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Dr. Bickley
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1980

Scout's Honor

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Alexander
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1980

The Electric Horseman

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Toland
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1979
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Love at First Bite

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Hotel Manager (uncredited)
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1979

Le Vampire de ces dames

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1979

Comes a HorsemanStream

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George Bascomb
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1978
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1977

Colombo: Prova d'intelligenza

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Jason Danziger
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1977

Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers

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Stanley Inchbeck
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1976

The Moneychangers

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Stanley Inchbeck
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1976

Barney MillerStream

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Allen Korbel
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1975

Too Many Suspects

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Fingerprint Expert
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1975

The Great Ice Rip-Off

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Richards
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1974

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Major Bartruff
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1972

The WaltonsStream

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1972

Kung FuStream

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1972

Sanford & SonStream

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1972

ColumboStream

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Jason Danziger
Series
1971
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