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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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The Artist
The Artist Auctioneer
Ordinary People
My Favorite Year
My Favorite Year Herb Lee
All the President's Men
All the President's Men Assistant Metro Editor


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 2017 Veterans Day (pre-production)
Lenny Schwartz
 2017 The French American (filming)
Monsieur Tissot
 2017 #am/pm (filming)
 2016 Bulldoque (announced)
 2016 The Last Word (post-production)
Christopher Georrge
 2016 Are You Scared Yet?
 2016 The Red Booth (TV Series)
 2016 The Pineville Heist
Principal Parker
 2016 Hail, Caesar!
Stu Schwartz - Accounting
 2015/I Mia (Short)
Dr. Hoffman
 2014 Rio, I Love You
James (segment "La Fortuna")
 2014 Throwdown
Judge Eller
 2014/I Dead Drop (Short)
 2013/I The Last Straw (Short)
Ed the Crow
 2013 3 Geezers!
 2011 Surreal Estate (Short)
Mr. Black
 2011/I The Artist
 2010/I When Life Gives You Lemons (Short)
Calvin Adams
 2010/I One Wish
Headmaster Ludwig
 2009 Far Gone (Short)
Mr. Redfern
 2009/I The Box
Don Poates
 2009/II Old Dogs
 2008 Baker's Road Killings (Short)
Willard Barnaby
 2007 These Boots Are Made for Walken (Short)
Dr. Finkelstein
 2006 You Did What?
 2003 Down with Love
C. W. (uncredited)
 2002 For the People (TV Series)
Judge Olsen
- Nascent (2002) ... Judge Olsen
 2002 The West Wing (TV Series)
- Posse Comitatus (2002) ... Congressman
 2002 The Practice (TV Series)
Tucker's Atty. Art Hardiman
- Fire Proof (2002) ... Tucker's Atty. Art Hardiman (uncredited)
 2001 Venice Beach
Uncle Al
 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: Segment (2000) ... Gerald
 1999 Hefner: Unauthorized (TV Movie)
 1999 Cousin Skeeter (TV Series)
Principal Ezemins
- Dirty Laundry (1999) ... Principal Ezemins
 1997 Culture (Short)
 1996 Kindred: The Embraced (TV Series)
Charon the Coroner
- The Original Saga (1996) ... Charon the Coroner
 1995 Seinfeld (TV Series)
- The Scofflaw (1995) ... Salesman
 1994 Pontiac Moon
Car Buyer (uncredited)
 1993 The Elvira Show (TV Series)
Dr. Zislis
 1992 The Ice Runner
J.C. Kruck
 1992 Eerie, Indiana (TV Series)
- Reality Takes a Holiday (1992) ... Bert
 1992 The Double 0 Kid (Video)
 1991 Mimi & Me (TV Movie)
Professor Sauer
 1991 Switch
 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
 1990/I Lambada
Supt. Leland
 1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Milton Overguard
- Town Father (1989) ... Milton Overguard
 1989 Communion
Dr. Friedman
 1988 The Milagro Beanfield War
In The Governor's Office
 1988 Matlock (TV Series)
Gary Springer
- The Reunion (1988) ... Gary Springer
 1987 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
- 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's Family: The Hogans (TV Series)
- Bad Timing (1987) ... Howard
 1986 Outlaws (TV Series)
Driving Instructor
- Outlaws (1986) ... Driving Instructor
 1986 Small Wonder (TV Series)
- Thanksgiving Story (1986) ... Mr.Beck
 1986 Sledge Hammer! (TV Series)
Sam Steinway
- Witless (1986) ... Sam Steinway
 1986 You Again? (TV Series)
- The Grad (1986) ... Dean
 1986 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Reverend Mustafa
- Captive Hearts (1986) ... Reverend Mustafa
 1986 It's a Living (TV Series)
Dr. Bickley
- Jewel Heist (1986) ... Dr. Bickley
 1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Dr. Michaels
- Night Fever (1985) ... Dr. Michaels
 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 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Lt. Palmer
- Heat (1984) ... Lt. Palmer
 1984 All of Me
Court Clerk
 1984 Night Court (TV Series)
Duane Sedgwick
- Hi Honey, I'm Home (1984) ... Duane Sedgwick
 1984 Kidco
Sid Fein
 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 Games Mother Never Taught You (TV Movie)
 1982 My Favorite Year
Herb Lee
 1982 Night Shift
 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)
 1980 Ordinary People
 1980 Park Place (TV Series)
- Pilot (1980)
 1979 Being There
Man in Commercial (uncredited)
 1979 Out of the Blue (TV Series)
Herman Donaldson
- Random's Arrival (1979) ... Herman Donaldson
 1979 My Buddy (TV Movie)
Bernard Worth
 1979 Love at First Bite
Hotel Manager (uncredited)
 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 Comes a Horseman
George Bascomb
 1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries (TV Series)
Second Technician
- Murder on the Flip Side (1978) ... Second Technician
 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 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Longly (uncredited)
 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
 1977 American Raspberry
Presidential Advisor
 1976 Cousins (TV Movie)
 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 All the President's Men
Assistant Metro Editor
 1976 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
- 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)
 1975 At Long Last Love
Theatre Manager
 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)
 1974 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Desk Clerk
- The Big Ripoff (1974) ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
 1974 Kung Fu (TV Series)
- Blood of the Dragon: Part 1 (1974) ... Telegrapher
 1971 Lady Liberty
Willett (uncredited)
 1968 That's Life (TV Series)
- Moving In (1968) ... Commuter
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
- The Fine Line (1964) ... Juror
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He is one of only two actors who has worked four times with actor/director Robert Redford, twice with Redford as an actor and twice with Redford as the director. Jane Fonda is the only other actor who has worked four times with Robert Redford, with Redford as an actor but never as the director. See more »

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