Acting and How To Be Good At It

Basil Hoffman - About the Author

about the author

tour the book

buy the book




Basil Hoffman

Basil Hoffman is an American character actor best known for his work with distinguished film directors, including Peter Bogdanovich, Mario Monicelli, Richard Benjamin, Carl Reiner, Peter Medak, and Alan J. Pakula; Academy Award winners Steven Spielberg, Delbert Mann, Blake Edwards, Stanley Donen, 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 academic and professional institutions, including the American Film Institute, the University of Southern California and the Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut, Lebanon.

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Screen Actors Guild and the Fine Arts Advisory Council of Loyola Marymount University. He is an Advisory Director of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a member 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
(available at and, as well as select retail booksellers).

The author's extensive filmography can be read on the
Internet Movie Database

By "Acting and How To Be Good At It" at Barnes &

Drama Book Shop