Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman

The fantastic Quartet is released on DVD & Blu-Ray this week and follows a group of singers who are growing old gracefully and not giving up their passion.

So to celebrate the release of the movie we take a look at some of the Hollywood stars who have enjoyed a career that has spanned over fifty years.

- Dustin Hoffman is one of the most recognisable faces in film - hard to believe that after a career that has spanned over fifty years he is only just making his directorial debut with Quartet.

Hoffman kicked off his acting career in 1960 with theatre roles as well as some TV projects.

He made his big screen debut in 1967 with The Tiger Makes Out but it was another role that year that really put him on the map... of course I am talking about The Graduate.

Hoffman picked up a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his work and he has never looked back.

Roles in Midnight Cowboy Lenny and Marathon Man followed and he got his hands on his first Oscar in 1979 for his performance in Kramer vs Kramer. He would pick up a second in 1988 for Rain Man.

In more recent years the actor has mixed and matched his roles moving from animation projects such as Kung Fu Panda to romance with Last Chance Harvey and comedy Little Fockers.

- Cher is a singer and actress who became prominent in the music industry in 1965 for her part in the duo Sonny & Cher, one of their biggest hits I Got You Babe topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became one of the biggest-selling and most beloved pop/rock hits of the mid-'60s.

Once establishing herself as a successful solo artist, she moved into acting. She starred in films such as Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, and Moonstruck, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1988.

After 50 years Cher returned to film in the musical Burlesque (2010). One of the two songs she recorded for the film's soundtrack, the Diane Warren-penned power ballad You Haven't Seen the Last of Me, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

- Michael Caine is one of the greatest actors that this country has ever produced and he has starred in some iconic movies over the years.

Caine kicked off his acting career in 1956 and some of his early roles included Sailor Beware, A Hill in Korea and A Woman of Mystery.

His big breakthrough came in 1964 when he play Lt Gonville Bromhead in epic Zulu and the likes of The Ipcress File and Alfie followed.

Alfie really helped put the actor on the map as it secured him his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Get Carter, The Italian Job, Sleuth and Educating Rita all followed but Caine had to wait until Hannah and Her Sisters in 1986 before he won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

He would win a second Best Supporting Actor gong in 1999 for The Cider House Rules.

Caine is more in demand than ever with roles in the likes of the Batman trilogy, Inception, Is Anybody There? and Harry Brown and we will be seeing him back on the big screen this summer with Now You See Me.

- Liza Minnelli is daughter of actress Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli.

She established herself early on as a nightclub singer and musical theatre actress, after a string of dramatic performances she rose to international stardom for her role in 1972 film version of the Broadway musical Cabaret, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

After 50 years in the business, Liza Minnelli made a cameo appearance in the May 2010 release of Sex and the City 2 and recently headlined at Hampton Court Palace Festival.

- Maggie Smith is another British star who has enjoyed a very long and successful career with two Oscars under her belt.

She begin her acting career in 1952 in theatre but it wasn't long before TV and film roles followed.

Nowhere To Go in 1958 marked her big screen debut and she immediately made an impact as she picked up a Bafta nomination for her performance in the Seth Holt directed movie.

She picked up her first Oscar nomination in 1965 for her role as Desdemona in Othello - she only had to wait until 1969 before getting her hands on a gong.

She won the Best Actress award for her performance The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in the title role - it remains one of her most loved performances.

She picked up a second Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for California Suite in 1978.

Over the years she has mixed and matched her roles moving from comedy such as Sister Act to drama in Gosford Park as well as huge blockbuster success with Harry Potter.

She is currently whipping up a storm on the small screen with Downton Abbey but Quartet and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel have been some of her great big screen appearances of late.

Other honourable mentions include Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, Vanessa Redgrave and Peter O'Toole. 

Quartet is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now.

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