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Richard Dreyfuss

Mostly Credited As: Richard Dreyfuss
Birth Name: Richard Stephen Dreyfuss
Date Of Birth: October 29, 1947 (Age 66)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Richard Dreyfuss


Richard Dreyfuss is an American film actor known for his portrayals of ordinary men driven to emotional extremes.

He spent his early childhood in Brooklyn and Queens, New York. When Dreyfuss moved with his family to California, he began acting in plays in a Jewish Community Center in Beverly Hills, California. While studying drama at San Fernando Valley State College, Northridge, California, Dreyfuss won a recurring role on the short-lived television series Karen (1964).

During the star of his career through the 70s, Dreyfuss acted mostly onstage in repertory theater and Broadway shows, and he landed occasional small roles on television. Bit parts in Valley of the Dolls (1967) and The Graduate (1967) led to his first major screen appearance, as gangster Baby Face Nelson in Dillinger (1973), for which he received critical praise.

Dreyfuss's breakthrough role was playing high-school graduate Curt Henderson in George Lucas's American Graffiti (1973).

The intelligent, angst-ridden character was the first in a long line of average fellows in stressful situations that Dreyfuss would portray in the coming decade.

Dreyfuss starred in two of the most popular films of the decade: first as scruffy young marine biologist Matt Hooper in Jaws (1975), and then as a family man whose behaviour becomes increasingly unstable after encountering a UFO in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), both for director Steven Spielberg. Dreyfuss then delivered an Academy Award-winning performance in the Neil Simon comedy The Goodbye Girl (1977). At age 29, Dreyfuss became the youngest-ever recipient of a Best Actor Oscar.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Your Family Or Mine (2014)As: Ricky
Coma (2012)As: Professor Hillside
Happiness Isn't Everything (2009)As: Jerry Hamburger
Tin Man (2007)As: Mystic Man
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys (2004)As: Narrator - Scoop the Snowman -- [Voice]
The Education of Max Bickford (2001)As: Maxwell "Max" Bickford
American Chronicles (1990)As: Himself (Narrator)
Episode Cast Credits 

In Conversation... (2012) 
  Richard Dreyfuss 03x11: (Apr/11/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Parenthood (2010) (2010) 
  Hard Times Come Again No More 02x22: (Apr/19/2011) As Gilliam T. Blount 
  Slipping Away 02x21: (Apr/12/2011) As Gilliam T. Blount 
  New Plan 02x20: (Apr/05/2011) As Gilliam T. Blount 
  Taking The Leap 02x19: (Mar/29/2011) As Blount 

Weeds (2005) 
  Theoretical Love Is Not Dead 06x13: (Nov/15/2010) As Warren Schiff 
  Fran Tarkenton 06x12: (Nov/08/2010) As Warren Schiff 
  Viking Pride 06x11: (Nov/01/2010) As Warren Schiff 
  Dearborn-Again 06x10: (Oct/25/2010) As Warren Schiff 

Family Guy (1999) 
  Peter-assment 08x14: (Mar/21/2010) Voiced  Himself 
  Three Kings 07x15: (May/10/2009) Voiced  Himself (Voiceover for “Stand By Me” segment) 

The Frank Skinner Show (1995) 
  Richard Dreyfuss, LaToyah Jackson, Har Mar Superstar 08x01: (Oct/14/2004) As Himself 

The View (1997) 
  Season 6, Episode 18 06x18: (Sep/25/2002) As Himself 
  Season 5, Episode 87 05x87: (May/01/2002) As Himself 

Where Are They Now? (1999) 
  American Graffiti 03x02: (Jun/14/2002) As Himself 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (1996) 
  Richard Dreyfuss 07x49: (Apr/18/2002) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Inside the Actors Studio (1994) 
  Richard Dreyfuss 07x04: (Dec/03/2000) As Himself 

The Wonderful World of Disney (1997) (1997) 
  Mr. Hollands Opus 02x16: (Feb/21/1999) As Mr. Glenn Holland 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  961106 05x21: (Nov/06/1996) As Himself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 68th Annual Academy Awards 44x01: (Mar/25/1996) As Nominee: Best Actor, [Co-Guest Stars]
  The 59th Annual Academy Awards 35x01: (Mar/30/1987) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 58th Annual Academy Awards 34x01: (Mar/24/1986) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 52nd Annual Academy Awards 28x01: (Apr/14/1980) As Presenter, [Featuring]

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Richard Dreyfuss/Jimmy Buffett 03x19: (May/13/1978) As Himself (Host) 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards 35x01: (Jan/28/1978) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (for 'The Goodbye Girl') 

A Touch of Grace (1973) 
  The Accident 01x12: (Apr/14/1973) As Donald 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  This Golden Land 18x24: (Mar/05/1973) As Gearshon Gorofsky 

The Mod Squad (1968) 
  The Night Holds Terror 05x22: (Feb/15/1973) As Caleb Dunne 
  Mother of Sorrow 02x20: (Feb/17/1970) As Curtis Bell 

Room 222 (1969) 
  The Valediction 02x11: (Dec/02/1970) As Stan 

The New People (1969) 
  Panic in the Sand 01x02: (Sep/29/1969) As Owen Rudd 

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1968) 
  Buried on Page One 01x21: (Feb/15/1969) As Mark Finley 

The Felony Squad (1966) 
  The Last Man in the World 03x13: (Dec/18/1968) As Herbie Aron 

Judd for the Defense (1967) 
  Weep the Hunter Home 02x08: (Nov/08/1968) As Larry Corning 

Hey Landlord (1966) 
  Testing 1 - 2 - 3... 01x26: (Mar/26/1967) As Harold 

That Girl (1966) 
  Paper Hats and Everything 01x22: (Feb/09/1967) As Johnny 

Occasional Wife (1966) 
  Fair Play for Gypsies 01x17: (Jan/17/1967) As Rudolph 

The Big Valley (1965) 
  Boy into Man 02x18: (Jan/16/1967) As Lud Akley 

Bewitched (1964) 
  Man's Best Friend 02x34: (May/12/1966) As Rodney 

Gidget (1965) 
  Ego-A- Go-Go 01x20: (Jan/27/1966) As Norman 

Ben Casey (1961) 
  Francini? Who is Francini? 05x07: (Oct/25/1965) As guest star 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


The Education of Max Bickford (2001)• Producer

Episode Crew


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