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Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman: Kennedy Center Honors Recipients

Gusmano Cesaretti/HBO(NEW YORK) -- Dustin Hoffman, who starred in the film All the President's Men, will be honored by the president this December.

The 75-year-old actor and CBS late-night host David Letterman are two of this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, announced Wednesday.  The award recognizes recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

The chairman of the Kennedy Center said in a statement, "Dustin Hoffman's unyielding commitment to the wide variety of roles he plays has made him one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors of this or any other generation; David Letterman is one of the most influential personalities in the history of television, entertaining an entire generation of late-night viewers with his unconventional wit and charm."

The seven recipients will be presented medallions at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Dec. 1.  The following day, President Obama will salute them at a White House reception prior to a gala at the Kennedy Center Opera House, which will be taped for a CBS special set to air on Dec. 26.

The other 2012 recipients are the surviving members of the legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin, bluesman Buddy Guy, and Russian ballerina/choreographer Natalia Makarova.

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Dustin Hoffman Helps Save Jogger’s Life

Gusmano Cesaretti/HBO(LONDON) -- Actor Dustin Hoffman is being hailed as a hero in London.

The Hollywood veteran was in London’s Hyde Park enjoying a morning walk late last month when he saw 27-year-old jogger Sam Dempster stagger and then collapse face first to the ground.

Dempster, a British lawyer, had suffered a heart attack. Hoffman stuck by his side.

Paramedic Martin Macarthur from the London Ambulance Service arrived on the scene along with his colleague, Luke Sullivan. Macarthur told Britain’s Press Association, “As we got out of the ambulance Dustin Hoffman explained what had happened. It is essential to get a history of what has happened and what he witnessed.” He added, “Hoffman stayed on the scene for the whole duration of the resuscitation which was about 15 minutes.”

Dempster was reportedly administered one shock from a defibrillator and regained consciousness. When it became clear the patient was stabilized, the 74-year-old actor congratulated the crew, saying, “Great job, guys.”

Dempster was then taken to the hospital where he underwent life-saving surgery.

The lawyer’s been writing about his brush with death on his own blog. Dempster thanked Hoffman and the paramedics for saving his life. He said he’s “indebted” to Hoffman, who he called his “new-found favorite celebrity.”

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Dustin Hoffman Drama 'Luck' Premieres on HBO This Sunday

Steve Schapiro/HBO(NEW YORK) -- The HBO drama Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman in his first-ever major TV role, premieres this Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.  The series explores the world of horse racing -- not just the horses and their owners and jockeys, but also the gamblers who have a stake in the outcome of the races. Hoffman plays an ex-con involved in the sport.

Luck also stars Dennis Farina and Nick Nolte. The show is brought to you by The Insider director Michael Mann and Deadwood creator David Milch.

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