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Basil Hoffman


Basil Hoffman is an American character actor, best known for his work, often in classic films, with distinguished film directors including Peter Bogdanovich, Mario Monicelli, Richard Benjamin, Carl Reiner (twice), Peter Medak (five times) and Alan J. Pakula (twice); Academy Award winners Ethan and Joel Coen, Paolo Sorrentino, Michel Hazanavicius, ... See full bio »
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Known For

The Artist
The Artist Auctioneer
(2011)
Ordinary People
(1980)
My Favorite Year
My Favorite Year Herb Lee
(1982)
All the President's Men
All the President's Men Assistant Metro Editor
(1976)

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 2019 Action Words (TV Series) (announced)
Earl K. Long
- Blood for Blood ... Earl K. Long
 2016 The Red Booth (TV Series)
 2011-2012 Courage, New Hampshire (TV Series)
Simeon Trapp
- Ambition (2012) ... Simeon Trapp
- The Sons of Liberty (2011) ... Simeon Trapp
- The Travail of Sarah Pine (2011) ... Simeon Trapp
 2012 Inside the Business of Acting (TV Series)
- Basil Hoffman (2012)
 2002 For the People (TV Series)
Judge Olsen
- Nascent (2002) ... Judge Olsen
 2002 The West Wing (TV Series)
Congressman
- Posse Comitatus (2002) ... Congressman
 2002 The Practice (TV Series)
Tucker's Atty. Art Hardiman
- Fire Proof (2002) ... Tucker's Atty. Art Hardiman (uncredited)
 2001 Citizen Baines (TV Series)
James McClintock
- Three Days in November (2001) ... James McClintock
 1997-2000 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (TV Series)
Gerald / (segment: Candlestick)
- The Dresser (2000) ... Gerald
 1999 Hefner: Unauthorized (TV Movie)
Lawyer
 1999 Cousin Skeeter (TV Series)
Principal Ezemins
- Dirty Laundry (1999) ... Principal Ezemins
 1996 Kindred: The Embraced (TV Series)
Charon the Coroner
- The Original Saga (1996) ... Charon the Coroner
 1995 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Salesman
- The Scofflaw (1995) ... Salesman
 1993 The Elvira Show (TV Series)
Dr. Zislis
 1992 Eerie, Indiana (TV Series)
Bert
- Reality Takes a Holiday (1992) ... Bert (uncredited)
 1991 Mimi & Me (TV Movie)
Professor Sauer
 1990 Babes (TV Series)
Neighbor Bob / Ralph
- Rent Strike (1990) ... Neighbor Bob
- The Thanksgiving Show (1990) ... Ralph
 1990 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Curtis Cardwell
- Curses (1990) ... Curtis Cardwell
 1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Milton Overguard
- Town Father (1989) ... Milton Overguard
 1988 Matlock (TV Series)
Gary Springer
- The Reunion (1988) ... Gary Springer
 1987 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
Trask
- Nor Iron Bars a Cage (1987) ... Trask
 1987 227 (TV Series)
J. Boswell Premington
- Check Snub (1987) ... J. Boswell Premington
 1987 Spies (TV Series)
 1987 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Baldred Townsend
- Becker on the Rox (1987) ... Baldred Townsend
 1987 Valerie (TV Series)
Howard
- Bad Timing (1987) ... Howard
 1986 Outlaws (TV Series)
Driving Instructor
- Outlaws (1986) ... Driving Instructor
 1986 Small Wonder (TV Series)
Mr. Beck
- Thanksgiving Story (1986) ... Mr. Beck
 1986 Sledge Hammer! (TV Series)
Sam Steinway
- Witless (1986) ... Sam Steinway
 1986 You Again? (TV Series)
Dean
- The Grad (1986) ... Dean
 1986 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Reverend Mustafa
- Captive Hearts (1986) ... Reverend Mustafa
 1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Mr. Steward (segment "Button, Button")
- Profile in Silver/Button, Button (1986) ... Mr. Steward (segment "Button, Button")
 1986 It's a Living (TV Series)
Dr. Bickley
- Jewel Heist (1986) ... Dr. Bickley
 1984-1985 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Ed Greenglass
- Oh, You Kid (1985) ... Ed Greenglass
- Grin and Bear It (1985) ... Ed Greenglass
- Passage to Libya (1985) ... Ed Greenglass
- The Rise and Fall of Paul the Wall (1984) ... Ed Greenglass
 1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Dr. Michaels
- Night Fever (1985) ... Dr. Michaels
 1985 Santa Barbara (TV Series)
Joshua Friendly
- Episode #1.184 (1985) ... Joshua Friendly
- Episode #1.183 (1985) ... Joshua Friendly
- Episode #1.181 (1985) ... Joshua Friendly
- Episode #1.180 (1985) ... Joshua Friendly
- Episode #1.169 (1985) ... Joshua Friendly
 1985 Too Close for Comfort (TV Series)
Dr. Norman Biggs
- My Son, the PhD (1985) ... Dr. Norman Biggs
 1984-1985 Spencer (TV Series)
- The Drive-In (1985)
 1984 The Ratings Game (TV Movie)
Frank Friedlander
 1984 Dynasty (TV Series)
Judge Drew Mayfield
- The Verdict (1984) ... Judge Drew Mayfield
- The Trial (1984) ... Judge Drew Mayfield
 1984 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Lt. Palmer
- Heat (1984) ... Lt. Palmer
 1984 Night Court (TV Series)
Duane Sedgwick
- Hi Honey, I'm Home (1984) ... Duane Sedgwick
 1984 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Mr. Rasmussen
- Welcome Home, Jellybean (1984) ... Mr. Rasmussen
 1984 Gimme a Break! (TV Series)
Mr. Fuller
- Samantha's Protest (1984) ... Mr. Fuller
 1983 Ace Crawford... Private Eye (TV Series)
Gentleman Bandit
- The Gentleman Bandit (1983) ... Gentleman Bandit
 1982-1983 Square Pegs (TV Series)
Principal Dingleman
- To Serve Weemawee All My Days (1983) ... Principal Dingleman
- Merry Pranksters (1983) ... Principal Dingleman
- Open 24 Hours (1982) ... Principal Dingleman
- Halloween XII (1982) ... Principal Dingleman
- Pilot (1982) ... Principal Dingleman
 1982 Games Mother Never Taught You (TV Movie)
 1982 Maggie (TV Series)
Dr. Louis Milton
- Mark's Shrink (1982) ... Dr. Louis Milton
 1981 Here's Boomer (TV Series)
Sloan Meadows
- Boomer Goes for the Gold (1981) ... Sloan Meadows
 1981 Enos (TV Series)
Dr. Bloomberg
- Cops at Sea (1981) ... Dr. Bloomberg
 1980 CHiPs (TV Series)
Stan West
- Wheels of Justice (1980) ... Stan West
 1980 Scout's Honor (TV Movie)
Alexander
 1980 Park Place (TV Series)
- Pilot (1980)
 1979 Out of the Blue (TV Series)
Herman Donaldson
- Random's Arrival (1979) ... Herman Donaldson
 1979 My Buddy (TV Movie)
Bernard Worth
 1979 Jennifer: A Woman's Story (TV Movie)
Neil Turner
 1974-1979 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Major Bartruff / Major Pfiefer
- C*A*V*E (1979) ... Major Bartruff
- Adam's Ribs (1974) ... Major Pfiefer
 1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries (TV Series)
Second Technician
- Murder on the Flip Side (1978) ... Second Technician (uncredited)
 1978 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Allen Korbel
- Inauguration (1978) ... Allen Korbel
 1978 Love's Dark Ride (TV Movie)
Dr. Kanlan
 1978 Kojak (TV Series)
Charlie Winston
- The Captain's Brother's Wife (1978) ... Charlie Winston
 1977 Columbo (TV Series)
Jason Danziger
- The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case (1977) ... Jason Danziger
 1974-1977 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Maitre'd / Store Owner
- Fred Sings the Blues (1977) ... Maitre'd
- Going Out of Business (1974) ... Store Owner
 1976 Cousins (TV Movie)
Banana
 1976 Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers (TV Mini-Series)
Stanley Inchbeck
- Part IV (1976) ... Stanley Inchbeck (credit only)
- Part III (1976) ... Stanley Inchbeck
- Part II (1976) ... Stanley Inchbeck
- Part I (1976) ... Stanley Inchbeck (credit only)
 1976 Good Heavens (TV Series)
- Funny Fellow (1976)
 1976 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Photographer
- The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon (1976) ... Photographer
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Technical Print Man, Harry / Fingerprint Expert
- The Adventure of the Lover's Leap (1975) ... Technical Print Man, Harry
- Too Many Suspects (1975) ... Fingerprint Expert
 1975 The Waltons (TV Series)
Prof Ranney
- The Sermon (1975) ... Prof Ranney
 1975 Cage Without a Key (TV Movie)
Judge
 1975 Kate McShane (TV Series)
Stanley Miller
- A Little Knowledge (1975) ... Stanley Miller
 1974 Police Woman (TV Series)
Desk Clerk #2
- The Stalking of Joey Marr (1974) ... Desk Clerk #2
 1974 The Great Ice Rip-Off (TV Movie)
Richards
 1974 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Desk Clerk
- The Big Ripoff (1974) ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
 1974 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Telegrapher
- Blood of the Dragon: Part 1 (1974) ... Telegrapher
 1968 That's Life (TV Series)
Commuter
- Moving In (1968) ... Commuter
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Juror
- The Fine Line (1964) ... Juror
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He appears in director Peter Medak's 1986 "Twilight Zone" television production of "Button, Button" and director Richard Kelly's 2009 feature film, The Box, both based on Richard Matheson's short story, "Button, Button." He is the only actor to have appeared in both productions. His role of Steward in the television original is played by Frank Langella in the film version. See more »

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