Basil Hoffman, Actor in ‘All the President’s Men’ and ‘The Artist,’ Dead at 83

by Joe Rutland

Actor Basil Hoffman, who had roles in “All the President’s Men” and “The Artist,” has died at age 83, according to his manager.

Hoffman, according to friend and personal manager Brad Lemack, died on Sept. 17. The news wasn’t announced until Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

His last acting role is a leading one in the film “Lucky Louie.” Hoffman will receive credit as the film currently is in post-production.

In “All the President’s Men,” Basil Hoffman played an assistant city editor of The Washington Post. He played an auctioneer in the Academy Award-winning film “The Artist” in 2011. Taking a look at who he worked with during his career is like a Who’s Who of entertainment. Academy Award-winning actors that Basil Hoffman shared the screen with include Dustin Hoffman (no relation) and Christopher Walken.

Basil Hoffman Found Himself Working With Both Academy Award Winning Actors and Directors

Hoffman also worked with Academy Award-winning directors Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg.

He would stay busy in between roles by being an acting coach. Basil Hoffman also wrote three books that are focused on acting.

Hoffman was a native of Houston, Texas. College days were spent at Tulane University in New Orleans. He graduated, then moved to New York City and started acting. Eventually, Basil Hoffman realized that he had to “Go West, young man” and he did.

New York City led him to small roles, but Los Angeles was his destination for more parts.

His TV work included roles on shows like “The Defenders,” “Police Woman,” “Kung Fu,” “The Waltons,” “Sanford and Son,” and “Kojak.”

Basil Hoffman stayed among solid company as far as directors are concerned. Outsiders, this is quite a lineup. Film directors on his list include Peter Bogdanovich, Carl Reiner (twice), Peter Medak (five times), Richard Benjamin, and Alan J. Pakula (twice).

As for Academy Award-winning directors, Hoffman appeared on camera for Ethan and Joel Coen and Paolo Sorrentino, among others.

Actor Also Shared His Experience, Wisdom With College Students Around The World

His acting work led Basil Hoffman into the academic world, too. As we mentioned, the actor also was an acting coach. He appeared at a number of institutions like the American Film Institute, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the University of Southern California, and the National University of Theater and Film in Bucharest Romania.

According to his IMDB bio, Basil Hoffman would go back to Beirut in 2008 as a U.S. State Department Cultural Envoy to Lebanon to teach acting and directing at the University of Balamand’s Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Lebanese University, Notre Dame University, and St. Joseph University’s Institut D’Etude Sceniques Audiovisuelles et Cinematographiques.

Outsider sends its regards to the family of Basil Hoffman.