Richard Dreyfuss

Actor, Producer, Director
At one time, the youngest actor ever to win the coveted Best Actor Oscar, Richard Dreyfuss - at age 29 - was propelled to stardom with his complex performance in "The Goodbye Girl" (1977). Thanks to his uncanny ability ... Read more »
Born: 10/29/1947 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (155)

Shots Fired 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Madoff 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Zipper 2015 (Movie)

George Hiller (Actor)

Cas & Dylan 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Cas Pepper (Actor)

Killing Winston Jones 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Coma 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Paranoia 2013 (Movie)

Frank Cassidy (Actor)

Squatters 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Big Valley 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Very Good Girls 2013 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Shakespeare High 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Parenthood 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Leaves of Grass 2010 (Movie)

Pug Rothbaum (Actor)

Piranha 3-D 2010 (Movie)

Matt Boyd (Actor)

Red 2010 (Movie)

Alexander Dunning (Actor)

Weeds 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Life in Ruins 2009 (Movie)

Irv (Actor)

The Lightkeepers 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

America Betrayed 2008 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Tin Man 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

W. 2008 (Movie)

Dick Cheney (Actor)

Suburban Girl 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Poseidon 2006 (Movie)

Richard Nelson (Actor)

Cop Shop 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Coast to Coast 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Silver City 2004 (Movie)

Chuck Raven (Actor)

The First Amendment Project 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Lifetime Presents: Disney's American Teacher Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Performer

Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Education of Max Bickford 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Totally Tube 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Is Cletis Tout? 2002 (Movie)

Micah (Actor)

Hollywood, D.C.: A Tale of Two Cities 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of Peace - Part One: 1948-1967 2001 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Old Man Who Read Love Stories 2001 (Movie)

Antonio Bolivar (Actor)

Dawn of Man 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Fail Safe 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Richard: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Crew 2000 (Movie)

Bobby Bartellemeo (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Marsha Mason 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lansky 1999 (Movie)

Meyer Lansky (Actor)

Lost at Sea: The Search For Longitude 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills High 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Keeping America's Promise 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Krippendorf's Tribe 1998 (Movie)

Krippendorf (Actor)

National Memorial Day Concert (1998) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Oliver Twist 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Paparazzi 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Steven Spielberg: An Empire of Dreams 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

4th Annual VH1 Honors 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Frank Capra's American Dream 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Henry Fonda: Hollywood's Quiet Hero 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Falls on Manhattan 1997 (Movie)

Sam Vigoda (Actor)

James and the Giant Peach 1996 (Movie)

of Centipede (Voice)

Mad Dog Time 1996 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Barbara Walters Special (03/25/96) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Mr. Holland's Opus 1995 (Movie)

Glenn Holland (Actor)

Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

The American President 1995 (Movie)

Senator Rumson (Actor)

The Last Word 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Fall 1994 (Movie)

Jack Rainer (Actor)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

58 Days 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Another Stakeout 1993 (Movie)

Chris Lecce (Actor)

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Lost in Yonkers 1993 (Movie)

Louie (Actor)

The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Class of the 20th Century 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

American Chronicles 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

Face to Face With Connie Chung (02/11/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Once Around 1991 (Movie)

Sam Sharpe (Actor)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 1991 (Movie)

Player King (Actor)

What About Bob? 1991 (Movie)

Doctor Leo Marvin (Actor)

Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

Doctor Frankenthal (Actor)

Always 1989 (Movie)

Pete Sandich (Actor)

Let It Ride 1989 (Movie)

Jay Trotter (Actor)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Funny, You Don't Look 200 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Moon Over Parador 1988 (Movie)

Jack Noah (Actor)

Superstars and Their Moms 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Nuts 1987 (Movie)

Aaron Levinsky (Actor)

Stakeout 1987 (Movie)

Chris Lecce (Actor)

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Tin Men 1987 (Movie)

B B (Actor)

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 (Movie)

Dave Whiteman (Actor)

Stand By Me 1986 (Movie)

The Writer (Actor)

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Whose Life Is It Anyway? 1981 (Movie)

Ken Harrison (Actor)

The Competition 1979 (Movie)

Paul Dietrich (Actor)

The Big Fix 1978 (Movie)

Moses Wine (Actor)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (Movie)

Roy Neary (Actor)

The Goodbye Girl 1977 (Movie)

Elliot Garfield (Actor)

Inserts 1976 (Movie)

Boy Wonder (Actor)

Jaws 1975 (Movie)

Hooper (Actor)

Lily 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

American Graffiti 1973 (Movie)

Curt (Actor)

Catch 22 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Dillinger 1973 (Movie)

Baby Face Nelson (Actor)

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz 1973 (Movie)

Duddy (Actor)

The Second Coming of Suzanne 1973 (Movie)

Clavius (Actor)

Two For the Money 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Hello Down There 1969 (Movie)

Harold Webster (Actor)

The Young Runaways 1968 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

The Graduate 1967 (Movie)

(Actor)

Valley of the Dolls 1967 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywood Loves the Piano (TV Show)

Narrator

Prisoner of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Remember Pearl Harbor (Movie)

(Voice)

The Day Reagan Was Shot (TV Show)

Actor

The John Garfield Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Universal Story (TV Show)

Actor

Tin Man (TV Show)

Actor

Victory at Entebbe (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

The Forest 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lightkeepers 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Big Fix 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

Present Tense, Past Perfect 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

Present Tense, Past Perfect 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

At one time, the youngest actor ever to win the coveted Best Actor Oscar, Richard Dreyfuss - at age 29 - was propelled to stardom with his complex performance in "The Goodbye Girl" (1977). Thanks to his uncanny ability to make annoyingly vain, pompous, whiny or supercilious characters seem both heroic and likable, he rose to the top of the Hollywood heap with memorable turns in "American Graffiti" (1973), "Jaws" (1975) and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977). Though he was the epitome of cockiness on screen, there was always something reassuring about his presence, though he did gain the dubious off-screen reputation for being exceedingly arrogant. On top of the world at the end of the 1970s, Dreyfuss was poised to become one of the major superstars of the next decade. Instead, Dreyfuss blew his movie-star career sky-high through a cocktail of cocaine, booze and pills; yet another example of too much, too fast, too soon. After a period of recovery, Dreyfuss rebounded, both chastened and wiser with "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986), "Stakeout" (1987) and "What About Bob?" (1991), reclaiming his mantle as one of Hollywood's most gifted comedic and dramatic actors.

Relationships

Laura Cayouette Actor

Companion
Together from c. 1993-96

Norman Dreyfus

Father

Geraldine Dreyfuss Actor

Mother
Born March 10, 1921 Appeared in two films together "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986) and "Let It Ride" (1989) Died Oct. 19, 2000 from complications of a stroke

Emily Dreyfuss

Daughter
Born November 1983; mother, Jeramie Rain

Benjamin Dreyfuss

Son
Born June 1986; mother, Jeramie Rain; was born with a condition called Peter's anomaly, an abnormality in which his cornea was fused with his iris, leaving him permanently blind in one eye

Harry Dreyfuss

Son
Born Aug. 9, 1990; mother, Jeramie Rain

Svetlana Erokhin

Wife
Married March 16, 2006

Janelle Lacey

Wife
Married May 30, 1999 Divorced 2005

Jeramie Rain Actor

Wife
Met at a party c. 1983 Married March 20, 1983 Divorced August 1995

EDUCATION

San Fernando Valley State College

Northridge , California 1965 - 1967
Later re-named California State University, Northridge

Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills , California 1965

San Fernando Valley State College

Northridge , California 1965 - 1967
Later re-named California State University, Northridge

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Lauren Ambrose and Geena Davis in A&E miniseries "Coma," based on 1978 film

2010

Portrayed Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in the Colin Greer play "Imagining Heschel" at New York's Cherry Lane Theater

2010

Acted opposite Elisabeth Shue in the action thriller "Piranha 3-D"

2010

Played a local drug lord in Tim Blake Nelson's "Leaves of Grass"

2009

Cast in Joe Sutton’s "Complicit" at London’s Old Vic theater; directed by Kevin Spacey

2009

Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the album The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

2008

Portrayed U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in Oliver Stone's biopic "W."

2006

Starred in director Wolfgang Petersen's remake of "The Poseidon Adventure"

2004

Returned to Broadway in "Sly Fox" opposite Elizabeth Berkley

2004

Co-starred with Chris Cooper in John Sayles' political satire "Silver City"

2001

Played U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig in Showtime drama "The Day Reagan Was Shot"

2001

Co-starred in "The Old Man Who Loved to Read Stories"

2001

Starred in the CBS TV drama "The Education of Max Bickford"

2000

Cast as an aging gangster in the comedy "The Crew"

1999

Portrayed infamous Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky in HBO's "Lansky"; scripted by David Mamet and directed by John McNaughton

1999

Co-starred with Mason in the London stage production of Simon's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue"

1998

Starred opposite Jenna Elfman in "Krippendorf's Tribe"

1998

Re-teamed with Mason for the stage play "House," co-authored by Jon Robin Baitz and Terrence McNally

1997

Played a civil rights attorney based on William Kunstler for Sidney Lumet's "Night Falls on Manhattan"

1997

Co-produced and starred as Fagin in the TV adaptation of "Oliver Twist" (ABC)

1996

Made cameo appearance as Senator Bob Rumson in Reiner's "The American President"

1996

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (October)

1996

Directed the short film "Present Tense, Past Perfect" (Showtime)

1995

Acted opposite Christine Lahti in the Los Angeles stage production of "Three Hotels"

1995

Earned second Best Actor Academy Award nomination for "Mr. Holland's Opus"

1994

Stage directorial debut, "Hamlet" for the Birmingham Theatre Company at the Old Rep in England

1993

Appeared in feature film version of Neil Simon's play "Lost in Yonkers"

1992

Returned to Broadway in "Death and the Maiden" with Glenn Close and Gene Hackman

1991

Executive produced Ken Russell's "Prisoner of Honor" (HBO); also co-starred as George Picquart

1991

Portrayed Bill Murray's shrink in "What About Bob?"

1991

Re-teamed with Hunter for Lasse Hallstrom's "Once Around"

1989

Third film with director Spielberg, starring opposite Holly Hunter in "Always"

1988

Re-teamed with Mazursky as the very broad actor-cum-dictator of "Moon Over Parador"

1987

Offered excellent turns in both Barry Levinson's "Tin Men" and Badham's "Stakeout"

1987

Produced, wrote and hosted TV special "Funny You Don't Look 200!" (ABC)

1986

Started as part of the fine ensemble of Paul Mazursky's "Down and Out in Beverly Hills"

1986

Narrated director Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me"

1981

Turned in remarkable performance as paralyzed sculptor who argues for his right to die in John Badham's "Whose Life Is It Anyway?"

1979

Starred as Iago in "Othello" with the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park

1978

Played Cassius in "Julius Caesar" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

1978

Produced and starred in feature film "The Big Fix"

1977

Won Best Actor Academy Award for his role as a struggling actor opposite Marsha Mason in Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl"

1977

Second collaboration with Spielberg, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"

1975

Breakthrough role, played marine biologist Matt Hooper in Steven Spielberg's "Jaws"

1974

Landed first lead role in the Canadian film "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz"

1973

Played Baby Face Nelson in John Milius' "Dillinger"

1973

Garnered notice for his turn as the college-bound Curt in George Lucas' "American Graffiti"

1972

TV movie debut, "Two for the Money" (ABC)

1970

Appeared in Israel Horowitz's off-Broadway play "Line"

1968

Made Broadway debut in "But, Seriously..."

1968

Delivered memorable role as a cocky car thief in "The Young Runaways"

1967

First film part, uncredited role in "The Graduate"

1966

Directed by Rob Reiner in the stage production of "The Session" with Larry Bishop (son of Joey), Reiner, and David Arkin

1964

At 15 made professional stage debut with "In Mama's House" at the Gallery Theatre in Los Angeles

1964

First television appearance, the NBC sitcom "Karen"

Began acting at age 9 at the West Side Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles, CA

Worked at New York Playboy Club with comedy troupe; was fired after his first performance for insulting customers

Bonus Trivia

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Dreyfuss was a charter member of the Los Angeles Classic Theatre Works group.

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Arrested for illegal possession of cocaine and Percodan after surviving a 1982 car accident, Dreyfuss underwent a court-ordered rehabilitation in lieu of a trial.

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Dreyfuss suffered from bipolar disorder. In 2006, he appeared in Stephen Fry's documentary "Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive," in which Fry (who also had the disorder) interviewed him about his life with manic depression.

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