Dustin Hoffman (with Jon Voight)

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The Oscar-winning movie for Best Picture in 1969, Midnight Cowboy paired Dustin Hoffman-who had won stardom two years earlier in The Graduate-with the then-unknown Jon Voight. In this first mass-release movie to have an "X" rating, Voight plays a naïve, small-town Texas boy (Joe Buck) who runs away to New York to hustle his fortune. He winds up on the street, where he meets Hoffman's vagrant "Ratso" character. Their partnership in a hostile world-Joe as the gigolo/hustler, Ratso as the street manager/pimp-connects them in unlikely friendship, culminating when Joe turns "one last trick" to get enough money to send the dying Ratso out of New York to the city of his dreams, Miami. Both Hoffman and Voight received Best Actor Academy Award nominations, losing to John Wayne in True Grit.
This iconic photograph by Steve Shapiro was used as the movie's main advertising poster.
Steve Schapiro, born 1934
Dustin Hoffman, born 8 Aug 1937
Jon Voight, born 29 Dec 1938
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© Steve Schapiro
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1968 (printed 2006)
Object number
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette
Dustin Hoffman: Male
Dustin Hoffman: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Dustin Hoffman: Oscar
Jon Voight: Male
Jon Voight: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Jon Voight: Oscar
Gelatin silver print
Image: 33.7 x 22.6cm (13 1/4 x 8 7/8")
Sheet: 35.4 x 27.7cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
National Portrait Gallery