The Graduate was Hoffman's break-out role. Though it's tempting to remember Hoffman as an over-night success playing the recently post-matriculated Ben Braddock, the actor was 30-years-old when he landed the role. Hoffman put in about a decade in the New York theater scene before he went Hollywood.
During that time he hustled through all sorts of day jobs, from coffee fragrance tester to Hawaiian lei stringer. No, we didn't realize those jobs existed either.