Hoffman's wife pushed him back to work

Dustin Hoffman is grateful to his wife Lisa for helping to give his stalled acting career a jumpstart - because she was the first to notice he was beginning to behave like a retiree.

The 70-year-old had plans to ease into his golden years and enjoy being out of work - until his wife urged him to return to Hollywood, reports the New York Post's gossip column Page Six.

"One morning, my wife noticed I was wearing a cardigan, and the next day, too, followed by slippers," he said.

"So one day she just told me that, instead of dressing like a retired actor, I should go back to work - so that's what I did."

However, despite being a working actor, the 'Rain Man' star insists he has always been a homebody.

"I'm in bed before 10... I prepare breakfast and take it to my wife," he said. "I've been doing that for almost 30 years."

Hoffman has been married to second wife Lisa Gottsegen for 27 years.

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