Richard Dreyfuss Biography

Birthday: 1947-10-29
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Wiki Biography: American leading man who has played his fair share of irritating pests and brash, ambitious hustlers, Richard Dreyfuss worked his way up through bit parts (The Graduate (1967), for one) and TV before gaining attention with his portrayal of Baby Face Nelson in John Milius' Dillinger (1973). He gained prominence as a college-bound young man in American Graffiti (1973) and as a nervy Jewish kid with high hopes in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974). By the latter part of the 1970s Dreyfuss was established as a major star, playing leads (and alter-egos) for Steven Spielberg in two of the top-grossing films of the that decade: Jaws (1975) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). He won a Best Actor Oscar in his first romantic lead as an out-of-work actor in The Goodbye Girl (1977). Dreyfuss also produced and starred in the entertaining private eye movie The Big Fix (1978). After a brief lull in the early 1980s, a well-publicized drug problem and a string of box-office disappointments (The Competition (1980), Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981), The Buddy System (1984)), a clean and sober Dreyfuss re-established himself in the mid-'80s as one of Hollywood's more engaging leads. He co-starred with Bette Midler and Nick Nolte in Paul Mazursky's popular Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986). That same year he provided the narration and appeared in the opening and closing "bookends" of Rob Reiner's nostalgic Stand by Me (1986). He quickly followed that with Nuts (1987) opposite Barbra Streisand, Barry Levinson's Tin Men (1987) in a memorable teaming with Danny DeVito and Stakeout (1987) with Emilio Estevez. Dreyfuss continued working steadily through the end of the 1980s and into the 1990s, most notably in Mazursky's farce Moon Over Parador (1988), Spielberg's Always (1989), Postcards from the Edge (1990) and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990). He appeared as a member of an ensemble that included Holly Hunter, Gena Rowlands and Danny Aiello in the romantic comedy Once Around (1991) and as a pop psychiatrist, the author of several successful self-help books, who is driven to the edge by nutcase Bill Murray in the popular comedy What About Bob? (1991). Dreyfuss has also remained active in the theater ("Death and Maiden", 1992) and on TV. He returned to features in the adaptation of Neil Simon's play Lost in Yonkers (1993) and followed with a supporting turn as the querulous political opponent in The American President (1995). Dreyfuss received some of the best notices of his career as a determined, inspiring music teacher coping with a deaf son and the demands of his career in Mr. Holland's Opus (1995).

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Comic Relief 1986 Comedy
Down and Out in Beverly Hills David 'Dave' Whiteman 1986 Comedy
American Chronicles 1990 Documentary
The Clive James Show 1998 Comedy
The Education of Max Bickford Max Bickford 2001 Drama
Tin Man Mystic Man 2005 - 2007 Adventure
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Competition Paul Dietrich 1915
Dillinger Baby Face Nelson 1973 0
American Graffiti Curt 1973 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz 1974 Comedy, Drama
Insert Boy Wonder 1975
Jaws Matt Hooper 1975 Thriller
Inserts Boy Wonder 1976 Comedy, Drama
Victory at Entebbe Colonel Yonatan 'Yonni' Netanyahu 1976 Action, Drama, History
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Roy Neary 1977 Drama, Sci Fi
Piranha Matt Boyd 1978 Sport, 0, Reality Tv, Game Show
The Goodbye Girl Elliot Garfield 1978 Comedy, Romance
Stand by Me The Writer 1986 Comedy, 0
Down and Out in Beverly Hills David 'Dave' Whiteman 1986 Comedy
Stakeout 1987 Action, Comedy, Crime
Nuts Aaron Levinsky 1987
Moon Over Parador 1988 Comedy, Romance, Adventure
Let It Ride Jay Trotter 1989 Comedy, Action
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Player King 1990
Postcards from the Edge Doctor Frankenthal 1990 0
What About Bob? Dr. Leo Marvin 1991
Once Around Sam Sharpe 1991 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Prisoner of Honor Col. Picquart 1991 Drama
Lost in Yonkers 1993
Another Stakeout 1993 Action, Comedy, Crime
Silent Fall 1994 Game Show
The American President Senator Bob Rumson 1995 Biography, 0
Mr. Holland's Opus Glenn Holland 1995 0, 0
The Last Word Larry 1995 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Mad Dog Time Vic 1996 0, 0, 0
Night Falls on Manhattan 1996 0, Game Show
James and the Giant Peach Centipede 1996 Animation, Adventure, Family
Krippendorf's Tribe James Krippendorf 1998
Lansky Meyer Lansky 1999 0
The Crew Bobby Bartellemeo 2000 Crime, Comedy
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories Antonio Bolivar 2001 Adventure, Drama
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys 2001 Animation, Family, Musical
Who is Cletis Tout? Micah Tobias 2001 Comedy, Crime
Coast to Coast Barnaby Pierce 2004
Silver City 2004 Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Poseidon Richard Nelson 2006 Action, Adventure, Drama
America Betrayed 2008
W. Dick Cheney 2008
W Dick Cheney 2008 Drama
The Lightkeepers Seth Atkins/Bascom 2009 0, 0
My Life In Ruins Irv 2009 Comedy, Romance
The Big Fix 2011
Always Pete Sandich 2011 Biography, 0
Very Good Girls Danny 2013 0
Cas & Dylan Dr. Cas Pepper 2013 0
Killing Winston Jones Winston Jones 2014 Comedy
The Competition 2018 0