Basil Hoffman is an American character actor best known for his work
distinguished film directors, including Peter Bogdanovich, Mario
Richard Benjamin, Carl Reiner, Peter Medak, and Alan J. Pakula; Academy
Award winners Steven Spielberg, Delbert Mann, Blake Edwards, Stanley
Sydney Pollack, Ron Howard and Robert Redford; and many others.
A long-time, respected private acting teacher and coach in New York and Los Angeles, he
has also been a frequent guest lecturer and teacher at prestigious
and professional institutions, including the American Film Institute,
University of Southern California and the Academie Libanaise des
in Beirut, Lebanon.
He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Screen Actors Guild
the Fine Arts Advisory Council of Loyola Marymount University. He is
Advisory Director of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a
of both the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He is also the author of Cold Reading and How to Be Good at It
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The author's extensive filmography can be read on the