Our September speaker will be the Wonderful Actor & Author Basil Hoffman. Wednesday, September 4, 2013 6:45pm.
Basil Hoffman was born in Houston, Texas. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where he appeared in several campus musical productions and was a member of the Tulane University Theater. He graduated with a B.B.A. in economics; and he spent the next two years at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, receiving a scholarship for the second, graduating year.
He made his professional acting debut in a resident season in an Equity summer stock company at the White Barn Theatre in Irwin, Pennsylvania. His first television role came the following year on “The Defenders,” directed by Buzz Kulik (who hired him for his first role in a television movie, “Cage Without a Key,” ten years later in California).
His thirteen years of work in New York included many plays, some roles in episodic television, a three-year recurring character on “One Life to Live” on ABC, hundreds of commercials, and a film role in LADY LIBERTY with Sophia Loren, directed by Mario Monicelli.
He made his first trip to Los Angeles in 1974. In that season, he filmed a theatrical feature, AT LONG LAST LOVE, for Peter Bogdanovich, two television movies, television episodes of “Kung Fu,” “Rockford Files,” “Sanford and Son,” “Police Woman” and “M*A*S*H,” and several commercials.