Birth Name: Dustin Lee Hoffman
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: August 8, 1937
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Dustin Hoffman is an American actor and director. He has twice won the Academy Award for Best Actor, for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Rain Man (1988).
He is the son of Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a prop supervisor at Columbia Pictures. His father was born in Massachusetts, to Ukrainian Jewish parents. His mother was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a Polish Jewish father and a Romanian Jewish mother.
Dustin had a non-religious upbringing. He has said, “I don’t have any memory of celebrating holidays growing up that were Jewish”, and that he “realized” he was Jewish when he was around ten years old. Dustin became famous after starring in the 1967 film The Graduate.
Dustin is married to businessperson Lisa (Gottsegen) Hoffman, who is also Jewish. The couple has four children. Dustin also has two children with his first wife, Anne Byrne.
Dustin’s paternal grandfather was Frank Hoffman (the son of Moshko Goikhman, also known as Sam Hoffman, and of Libba Cagan). Frank was a Jewish emigrant from Belaja Zerkovy/Bila Tserkva, Kiev, Ukraine, then in the Russian Empire. Libba was the daughter of Mikhel Cagan and Mina Leybovna Tokar/Toker.
Dustin’s paternal grandmother was Esther Schiskoski/Cherkofsky/Cherry (the daughter of Harry Schiskoski). Esther was also a Jewish emigrant from Belaja Zerkovy/Bila Tserkva.
Dustin’s maternal grandfather was Louis Isadore Gold (the son of Osher Chaim Gold and Jeta Chona/Chana Epstein). Louis was a Jewish emigrant from Warsaw, Poland.
Dustin’s maternal grandmother was Celia Epstein. Celia was a Romanian Jewish immigrant.
Sources: Interview with Dustin about his Jewish faith – http://www.thejc.com
Genealogy of Dustin Hoffman – https://www.geni.com
Dustin’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Dustin’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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