Every big star has a humble beginning. Some made their mark as child artistes while some took their own sweet time to breakthrough. But when they did it was not only a joy to watch them on-screen but they also changed the course of cinema along the way. They are the trailblazers of modern cinema who with their right choice of roles and sensitive portrayals have won the hearts of both the critics and the masses. The list below features some of the most interesting and memorable breakout roles of Hollywood stars of the last few decades.
15. Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate)
It’s very difficult to place Dustin Hoffman in a particular category as his breakout role in ‘The Graduate’ (1967) clearly elucidates. It was only his second film role after a brief and quiet debut in ‘The Tiger Makes Out’ the previous year. Based on the novel of the same name by Charles Webb the story of a fresh graduate from college was a perfect fit for a young Hoffman who was on the lookout for that defining role to zoom ahead in his film career. Things fell into place as anticipated and Hoffman became a sensation overnight. His role of Benjamin Braddock, a 21 year old clueless graduate, was relatable to an entire generation of well educated and overwhelmed Americans. There are many shades to his character where he goes from being a gullible sexual young man to a man in charge of his own moods and whims. He played Benjamin with the confidence of a young man ready to take on the world and added his own variety of madness and restlessness to the role. In his glorious career Dustin Hoffman has won two acting Oscars but his performance in ‘The Graduate’ still towers above his other stellar acting pieces.
14. Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)
Although Robert Redford had already won a Golden Globe prior to the release of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ he became a major star only after starring in the much revered American Western. There is something in his body language that makes him such a perfect fit for roles that have an authoritative quality and the best part is that he doesn’t seem to be aware of it. He causally strolls around in ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ with a gun in his hand but yet manages to stand his own against Paul Newman his bigger and probably better co-star. His chemistry with Newman resembles that of Yin and Yen but with a soft spot for crime and violence. This film pretty much gave the audiences an insight to Redford’s method of acting as one can sense a little bit of the ‘Sundnace Kid’ in most of his movie roles.