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Richard Dreyfuss

66 years old
Brooklyn, New York
United States
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October 29, 1947

Richard Stephen Dreyfus

Svetlana Erokhin (16 March 2006 - present)

Janelle Lacey (30 May 1999 - 2005) (divorced)

Jeramie Rain (20 March 1983 - August 1995) (divorced) 3 children


Different Kind of Love (2011)

The Big Valley (2011)

Weeds (TV series) (2010)

Red (2010)

Piranha 3-D (2010)

Lone Star Trixie (2010)

The Lightkeepers (2009)

Leaves of Grass (2009)

Family Guy (1 episode, 2009)

My Life in Ruins (2009)

Happiness Isn't Everything (2009) (TV)

W. (2008)

Signs of the Time (2008) Narrator

"Tin Man" (3 episodes, 2007)

Ocean of Fear: Worst Shark Attack Ever (2007) (TV) Narrator

Poseidon (2006)

Unsung (2006) (voice)

Copshop (2004) (TV)

Silver City (2004)

Coast to Coast (2003) (TV)

"The Education of Max Bickford" (22 episodes, 2001-2002)

The Day Reagan Was Shot (2001) (TV)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys (2001) (voice)

Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001)

The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (2001)

The Crew (2000) Narrator

Fail Safe (2000) (TV)

Lansky (1999) (TV)

Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)

Oliver Twist (1997) (TV)

The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon (1997) (TV) (voice)

Mad Dog Time (1996)

Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)

James and the Giant Peach (1996) (voice)

Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

The American President (1995)

The Last Word (1995)

"The Great Battles of the Civil War" (1994) TV mini-series (voice)

Silent Fall (1994)

Another Stakeout (1993)

Lost in Yonkers (1993)

Lincoln (1992) (TV) (voice)

"The American Experience" Narrator (1 episode, 1992)

Prisoner of Honor (1991) (TV)

What About Bob? (1991)

Once Around (1991)

Postcards from the Edge (1990)

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)

Always (1989)

Let It Ride (1989)

Moon Over Parador (1988)

Nuts (1987)

Stakeout (1987)

Tin Men (1987)

Stand by Me (1986)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

The Buddy System (1984)

Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

The Competition (1980)

Othello (1979)

The Big Fix (1978)

The Goodbye Girl (1977)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

The Sentinel (1977) (uncredited)

Victory at Entebbe (1976) (TV)

Jaws (1975)

The Second Coming of Suzanne (1974)

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)

Inserts (1974)

"The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (1 episode, 1973)

American Graffiti (1973)

Dillinger (1973)

Catch-22 (1973) (TV)

"A Touch of Grace" (1 episode, 1973)

Gunsmoke (1 episode, 1973)

"The Mod Squad" (2 episodes, 1970-1973)

Shadow of a Gunman (1972) (TV)

Two for the Money (1972) (TV)

"You Are There" (1 episode, 1971)

"The Young Lawyers" (1 episode, 1971)

Untold Damage (1971) (TV)

"Room 222" (1 episode, 1970)

"The Bold Ones: The New Doctors" (1 episode, 1970)

"The New People" (1 episode, 1969)

Hello Down There (1969)

"The Ghost & Mrs. Muir" (1 episode, 1969)

"Felony Squad" (1 episode, 1968)

"Judd for the Defense" (1 episode, 1968)

The Young Runaways (1968)

The Graduate (1967) (uncredited)

Valley of the Dolls (1967) (uncredited)

"The Second Hundred Years" (1 episode, 1967)

"Hey, Landlord" (2 episodes, 1967)

"That Girl" (1 episode, 1967)

"Occasional Wife" (1 episode, 1967)

"The Big Valley" (1 episode, 1967)

"Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (1 episode, 1966)

"Bewitched" (1 episode, 1966)

"Gidget" (1 episode, 1966)

"Ben Casey" (1 episode, 1965)

"Karen" (1 episode, 1964)


The Lightkeepers (2009) (executive producer)

Copshop (2004) (TV) (executive producer)

Duel: Hamilton vs. Burr (2004) (TV) (producer)

"The Education of Max Bickford" (2001) TV series (producer)

Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington (2001) (TV) (producer)

Oliver Twist (1997) (TV) (co-producer)

Quiz Show (1994) (executive producer)

Prisoner of Honor (1991) (TV) (producer)

Once Around (1991) (co-producer)

Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville (1987) (TV) (producer)

The Big Fix (1978) (producer)


Present Tense, Past Perfect (1995) (TV) (writer)

Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville (1987) (TV) (writer)


Present Tense, Past Perfect (1995) (TV)


Casting By (documentary)(2012)

Gentleman Gangster (documentary) (voice)(2010)

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (TV series) (2010)

Jaws: The Inside Story (TV documentary) (2010)

Up Close with Carrie Keagan (TV series) (2010)

Tavis Smiley (TV series) (2010)

Family Guy (TV series)(2010)

Blue Man/Red State (2009)

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)

American Renegade: Confessions of a Radical Humanist (2009)

70's Fever (2008) (TV)

America Betrayed (2008)

The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo (2007)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV)

A Wayfarer's Journey: Listening to Mahler (2007) (TV)

The Mark Twain Prize: Neil Simon (2006) (TV)

Real Time with Bill Maher (1 episode, 2006)

Shipmate's Diary (2006)

Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (2006) (TV)

"The Tony Danza Show" (1 episode, 2006)

Poseidon: Upside Down (2006)

Poseidon: A Ship on a Soundstage (2006)

"Corazón de..." (1 episode, 2006)

Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006)

HypaSpace (1 episode, 2006)

"HBO First Look" (1 episode, 2006)

Rogue Waves: The Sinking of Poseidon (2006) (TV)

The Shark Is Still Working (2006)

Central Park (2005) (TV)

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Lucas (2005) (TV)

The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005) (TV)

The First Amendment Project: No Joking (2004) (TV)

"The Daily Politics" (1 episode, 2004)

"The Frank Skinner Show" (1 episode, 2004)

Coast to Coast: Behind the Scenes (2004)

Citizen Stan (2004) Narrator

"Question Time" (1 episode, 2004)

A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope (2004) Narrator

Duel: Hamilton vs. Burr (2004) (TV)

Biography Special: The Fondas (2004) (TV)

TR: An American Lion (2003) (TV) (voice)

The John Garfield Story (2003) (TV)

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003)

Frankl's Choice (2002) (TV) Narrator

"VH-1 Where Are They Now?" (1 episode, 2002)

"E! True Hollywood Story" (1 episode, 2002)

The Daily Show (1 episode, 2002)

Walking the Tracks: The Summer of 'Stand by Me' (2002)

Manassas: End of Innocence (2002) (voice)

"CBS Cares" (2 episodes, 2001-2002)

R2-D2: Beneath the Dome (2001) (TV) (uncredited)

The Rosie O'Donnell Show (3 episodes, 1996-2001)

In Search of Peace (2001) (voice)

The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (2001)

Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington (2001) (TV)

Devil's Island: Hell on Earth (2001) (TV)

Inside the Actors Studio (1 episode, 2000)

Hollywood, D.C. (2000) (TV)

"The Howard Stern Radio Show" (2 episodes, 2000)

Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner (2000) (TV)

"HARDtalk" (1 episode, 1999)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: America's Greatest Legends (1999) (TV)

Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude (1998) (TV) Narrator

"Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business" (1998) TV mini-series

The Making of 'American Graffiti' (1998) (TV)

"The Clive James Show" (1 episode, 1998)

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th (1998) (TV)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 (TV) (uncredited)

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2 episodes, 1996-1998)

"Intimate Portrait" (1 episode, 1998)

"Life and Times" Narrator (1 episode, 1997)

Biography (2 episodes, 1997)

Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV)

Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II (1997) (segment "Liberian Girl")

"In the Wild" (1 episode, 1996)

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1996 (TV)

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 (TV)

"Showbiz Today" (1 episode, 1996)

The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws' (1995)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1995) (TV)

The Walt Disney Company and McDonald's Present the American Teacher Awards (1995) (TV)

The Universal Story (1995) (TV)

Scenes from Everyday Life (1995)

The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg (1995) (TV)

It's Alive: The True Story of Frankenstein (1994) (TV)

Brokaw Reports: 58 Days (1992) (TV)

The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1992 (TV)

"American Chronicles" (1990) TV series Narrator

The 61st Annual Academy Awards 1989 (TV)

Wogan (1 episode, 1989)

"Cinema 3" (1 episode, 1988)

Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville (1987) (TV)

The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 (TV)

James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987) (TV)

Comic Relief (1986/I) (TV)

The 58th Annual Academy Awards 1986 (TV)

An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (1986) (TV)

Night of 100 Stars II (1985) (TV)

The 52nd Annual Academy Awards 1980 (TV)

The 51st Annual Academy Awards 1979 (TV)

Saturday Night Live (1 episode, 1978)

The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978 (TV)

The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (1977) (TV)

The Making of 'The Goodbye Girl' (1977) (TV)

The Amazing Miss Cummings: An Actress at Work and Play (1977)

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1 episode, 1976)

Romp!!! (1968) (TV)

"Disneyland" (1 episode, 1962)

Academy Awards

1996 Nominated Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role for: Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

1978 Won Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role for: The Goodbye Girl (1977)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

1978 Nominated Saturn Award Best Actor for: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

BAFTA Awards

1979 Won BAFTA Film Award Best Actor for: The Goodbye Girl (1977)

1976 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Actor for: Jaws (1975)

David di Donatello Awards

1978 Won David Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) for: The Goodbye Girl (1977)

Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards

2004 Nominated FCCA Award Best Actor - Male for: The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (2001)

Golden Globes

1996 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for: Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

1988 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for: Nuts (1987)

1978 Won Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy for: The Goodbye Girl (1977)

1974 Nominated Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy for: American Graffiti (1973)

Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA

1978 Man of the Year

Hollywood Film Festival

2000 Lifetime Achievement Award

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards

1978 Won KCFCC Award Best Actor for: The Goodbye Girl (1977)

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

1977 Won LAFCA Award Best Actor for: The Goodbye Girl (1977)

Montréal World Film Festival

1999 Grand Prix Special des Amériques For exceptional contribution to the cinematographic art.

Palm Springs International Film Festival

1997 Desert Palm Achievement Award

Satellite Awards

2002 Won Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for: The Day Reagan Was Shot (2001) (TV)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

2002 Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for: "The Education of Max Bickford" (2001)

2002 Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for: The Day Reagan Was Shot (2001) (TV)

USA Film Festival

1994 Master Screen Artist Tribute

Venice Film Festival

1990 Won Pasinetti Award Best Actor for: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)

Walk of Fame (Hollywood)

Star on the Walk of Fame Motion Picture At 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

Actor Richard Dreyfuss Richard Dreyfuss In Jaws 1975 Richard Dreyfuss

Considered Steven Spielberg's alter ego throughout their collaborations on the box-office hits Jaws (1975) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Richard Dreyfuss has had a roller-coaster career that is back on the up. Dreyfuss spent his early years in New York, until his family moved to Los Angeles when he was nine years old. He started acting in his youth and learned his craft through bit parts on TV in shows such as Ben Casey (1965), The Big Valley (1967), and The Mod Squad (1970-1973), and in movies such as John Milius's Dillinger (1973), before seeing his big break in American Graffiti (1973). In the latter film he played Curt Henderson, a thoughtful and frightened small-town boy coming to manhood at the end of the 1950s, which helped form the Dreyfuss type: bookish aesthete filled with great curiosity.

He won a Best Actor Oscar for his first romantic lead as an out-of-work actor in The Goodbye Girl (1977). He then lived through a series of commercial disappointments such as Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981), overcame a drug problem, and then reemerged in the mid-1980s as a comic lead. Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) announced his return, along with Tin Men (1987), Stakeout (1987), and Nuts (1987), but it was What About Bob? (1991) that tweaked the old Dreyfuss type, turning it inside out; now he could be a self-centered despot, or a sensitive friend. In middle age, he has alternated between portraying villains as in The American President (1995), and heroes as in Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), the latter winning him a Best Actor Oscar nomination. Although he's no longer the loud-laughing free spirit of youth, his maturity allows him to turn stereotype on edge and find the humanity within as he showed in Poseidon (2006).

"Living is the process of going from complete certainty to complete ignorance."

Auditioned for The Sound of Music (1965).


American Graffiti (1973) $480/week

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