Richard Dreyfuss
American actor
Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Stephen Dreyfuss is an American actor best known for starring in a number of film, television, and theater roles since the late 1960s, including the films American Graffiti, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Goodbye Girl, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Always, What About Bob?, Poseidon, Mr. Holland's Opus, and James and the Giant Peach. Dreyfuss won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1977 for The Goodbye Girl, and was nominated in 1995 for Mr.
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In Memoriam Carrie Fisher
Huffington Post - about 2 months
From l981, thereabouts, to l985 or 6, I'd say, I played the role of Carrie Fisher's second banana and new best friend. There have been many of us over the years, but this was my particular tenure. I'm moved about it to write today for obvious reasons. It didn't begin at the Paul Simon/Artie Garfunkel Passover supper at a dark restaurant in Manhattan, though that's the first place I saw her sing "Oh My Papa," drunk as a skunk. It actually began on the floor of Richard Dreyfuss's apartment where she announced in that deep froggy delivery: "You're going to be my New Best Friend." I had just moved to New York and was going out with one of her fave rave running mates, Michael O'Donoghue. I couldn't see it. While she was, yes, somewhat funny, I could see that she was totally discombobulated. She pressed her case. She kept dropping by Michael's with lavish gifts for him, like a taxidermed bear. These visits were also designed to vet me better. I was writing for Esquire ...
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This 'Jaws' Analogy Did Not End Well For Mike Huckabee
Huffington Post - 5 months
Say what you will about former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), but the man sticks to an analogy once he gets going on one. And during an appearance on the “The Kelly File” with Megyn Kelly on Monday, Huckabee wanted to get going on comparing the 1975 classic film “Jaws” and the 2016 presidential election. He apparently sees Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as Captain Quint, the film’s aggressive shark hunter. And Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, on the other hand? Well, she’s the bad shark. And they wonder why Hollywood hates them — JORDAN OKUN (@Jzokun) October 11, 2016 “[Trump’s] vulgar. He’s salty. He might even get drunk. ... [But] he’s the guy who’s going to save your butt and save your family. And so, at the end of the day, when he kills the shark, you’re happy about it,” Huckabee said. “Now, Hillary is the shark. She’s going to eat your boat. She’s going to have open borders, immigration out the kazoo,” he ...
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Richard Dreyfuss on what he expects from Monday's debate
Fox News - 5 months
Actor weighs in
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PSA: Richard Dreyfuss Is Not Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Late Father, William
Huffington Post - 5 months
Queen Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ blew the Emmys crowd away with her funny, heartfelt speech while accepting the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.  The actress apologized about her show, “Veep,” for basically allowing Trump to happen, before bringing the crowd to tears by announcing her father, William Louis-Dreyfus, died this past Friday. After her revealing admission, fans on Twitter were quick to offer their condolences to the star about her late father.  Unfortunately, many tweeted their kind sentiments to the very alive actor Richard Dreyfuss, who is most famous for his role in “Jaws” and “What About Bob?”. The spelling of Dreyfuss, versus Dreyfus, is also a nice hint that he’s not related to the “Veep” star. Dreyfuss ― who again, is NOT dead, nor is he Louis-Dreyfus’ father, luckily has a great sense of humor and tweeted about the incident:  I'm actually not Julia Louis-Dreyfus' father. But I really appreciate all the concerned tweets. https://t.c ...
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Richard Dreyfuss on 'Madoff' and the 'most beautiful body of work of any actor in America'
LATimes - 9 months
Fraudulent investment adviser Bernie Madoff had a laundry list of complaints about his depiction in the recent, two-part ABC TV movie “Madoff.” But, as Richard Dreyfuss, the man who played Madoff, jokes, none of them had to do with the performance. Not that the Academy Award-winning actor cared...
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Watch: Richard Dreyfuss, Blythe Danner Talk New 'Madoff' Mini-Series
ABC News - about 1 year
The stars of the new "Madoff" mini-series sit down with the ladies of the View.
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Always Thought Bernie Madoff Was an Amoral Sleazeball? So Does the New ABC Miniseries
Huffington Post - about 1 year
You'd think that Bernard Madoff, who built the good life for himself with the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, might be a complex, nuanced, fascinating man. In an evil sort of way. You'd be wrong. Judging from ABC's miniseries Madoff, 8-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, he was an amoral narcissist whose one trick was cashing in what he cynically saw as the greed of others. His $50 billion scam lasted until he got trapped in the fallout from the crash of 2007. He's currently in the federal pen and eligible for parole in 2039, shortly after he turns 100. Richard Dreyfuss plays Madoff with a chilling arrogance. Dreyfuss's Madoff also serves as narrator, with a first-person voiceover that swings between matter-of-fact confession and self-justification. There's nothing to like about this Madoff, which means Dreyfuss, as usual, is doing his job. Trouble is, while we don't have to like Madoff, we'd stay more interested if we learned a little more about him, which we r ...
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Review: In ‘Madoff,’ What He Was Thinking
NYTimes - about 1 year
Richard Dreyfuss stars in this four-hour ABC mini-series is told from the perspective of Bernard L. Madoff, the mastermind behind America’s greatest Ponzi scheme.
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Not My Job: We Ask 'Madoff' Star Richard Dreyfuss About Fonzie Schemes
NPR - about 1 year
Since Dreyfuss will be portraying the financier behind a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, we'll see how much he knows about Arthur Fonzarelli on Happy Days.
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Madoff’s Multibillion-Dollar Mirage Arrives on TV
NYTimes - about 1 year
An examination of “Madoff,” the ABC mini-series about the crimes of Bernard L. Madoff, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Dreyfuss
  • 2015
    Age 67
    On February 18, 2015, it was announced that Dreyfuss would portray Bernie Madoff in an upcoming miniseries.
    More Details Hide Details The first episode was telecast on February 3, 2016, co-starring Blythe Danner.
  • 2014
    Age 66
    In 2014, Dreyfuss appeared on Huckabee, hosted by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, to discuss how civic education can create a stronger America and to ask viewers to sign the Preamble in order to support the cause.
    More Details Hide Details Dreyfuss was also an advisor to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. Dreyfuss has been outspoken on the issue of how the media influences the shaping of public opinion, policy, and legislation. In the 2000s, he expressed his sentiments in favor of right to privacy, freedom of speech, democracy, and individual accountability.
  • 2012
    Age 64
    Dreyfuss was among 99 other stars at the 2012 Academy Awards - Night of 100 Stars.
    More Details Hide Details He did an interview for the Bill Zucker Show with actor/singer Bill Zucker.
  • 2011
    Age 63
    On June 10, 2011, Dreyfuss was made a Master Mason "at sight" by the Grand Master of Masons of the District of Columbia at the Washington DC Scottish Rite building, as well as a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.
    More Details Hide Details That evening he spoke at a banquet celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, about the Dreyfuss Initiative, a Research Society promoting civics and enlightenment values to be headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia. Dreyfuss has gotten into feuds with actors he has worked with, notably Robert Shaw (Jaws) and Bill Murray (What About Bob?). He also did not get along with director Oliver Stone and referred to him as a fascist.
  • 2008
    Age 60
    Dreyfuss portrayed U.S Vice President Dick Cheney in Oliver Stone's 2008 George W. Bush bio-pic W.
    More Details Hide Details In early 2009, he appeared in the play Complicit (directed by Kevin Spacey) in London's Old Vic theatre. His participation in the play was subject to much controversy, owing to his use of an earpiece on stage, reportedly because of his inability to learn his lines in time. He guest-voiced as himself in the "Three Kings" episode of Family Guy in 2009, and later appeared again in the episode "Peter-assment". Dreyfuss has guest starred in the sixth season of Weeds as Warren Schiff, Nancy's high school teacher to whom she had lost her virginity. Dreyfuss has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
  • 2006
    Age 58
    Dreyfuss and Russian-born Svetlana Erokhin married in 2006 and lived in San Diego, California, although they frequently visited New York City and London, where Dreyfuss once lived.
    More Details Hide Details They also lived in Carlsbad, California. In February 2008, they bought a $1.5 million house in Encinitas, California, and plan to renovate the 1970s structure with state-of-the-art green technologies.
    In 2006, Dreyfuss discussed his diagnosis of bipolar disorder in the documentary Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, in which Fry (who also has the disorder) interviewed Dreyfuss about his experience with the disorder.
    More Details Hide Details Dreyfuss has said he is agnostic.
    On November 17, 2006, Dreyfuss appeared on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher as a panel member to discuss teaching civics in schools.
    More Details Hide Details He formerly served on the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. In 2007, Dreyfuss appeared in the youth voting documentary film 18 in '08.
    Dreyfuss has made numerous public appearances since the organization's founding in order to raise awareness to start discussion and dialogue regarding the need for increased civic education. On February 16, 2006, he spoke at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in hopes of prompting national discussion on impeachment charges against U.S. President George W. Bush.
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    The Academy award-winning actor aims to revive civic education in order to teach future generations about the power of their citizenship and the principles that hold America together. In 2006, Dreyfuss created The Dreyfuss Civics Initiative (TDCI), a non-profit and pre-partisan organization that advocates for the teaching of civics in United States classrooms.
    More Details Hide Details TDCI's mission is to revitalize and enhance the teaching of civics in American public education in order to empower future generations with the critical thinking skills needed to fulfill the vast potential of American citizenship. TDCI is a 501(c)3 designated organization, recognized as of 2008. Dreyfuss is impassioned regarding the need for increased civics in American education, and spent time studying at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. He understands how important the political structure of America is and how America is a nation dependent upon unique ideas and values established in the Enlightenment. These values are the principles that make up the Constitution, its Preamble, and the Bill of Rights.
    In 2006, he appeared as one of the survivors in the film Poseidon.
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  • 2004
    Age 56
    In November 2004, he was scheduled to appear in The Producers in London, but withdrew from the production a week before opening night.
    More Details Hide Details The media noted that Dreyfuss was still suffering from problems relating to an operation for a herniated disc in January, and that the part of Max Bialystock in the play is a physically demanding one. Both he and his assistant for the production stated that Dreyfuss was accumulating injuries that required him to wear physical therapy supports during rehearsals. Dreyfuss was eventually fired from the production, though he would return in 2008.
    In April 2004, he appeared in the revival of Sly Fox on Broadway (opposite Eric Stoltz, René Auberjonois, Bronson Pinchot and Elizabeth Berkley).
    More Details Hide Details Dreyfuss recorded the voiceover to the Apple, Inc., then Apple Computer, Inc., "Think Different" ad campaign in 1997.
  • 2001
    Age 53
    In 2001/2002, he played Max Bickford in the television drama The Education of Max Bickford.
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  • 1995
    Age 47
    After his 1995 divorce from Rain, Dreyfuss married Janelle Lacey in 1999, but they divorced in 2005.
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  • 1994
    Age 46
    In 1994, he participated in the historic Papal Concert to Commemorate the Shoah at the Vatican in the presence of Pope John Paul II, Rav Elio Toaf, chief rabbi of Rome, and Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, President of the Italian Republic.
    More Details Hide Details He recited Kaddish as part of a performance of Leonard Bernstein's Third Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gilbert Levine. The event was broadcast worldwide. Dreyfuss was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his performance as Glenn Holland in Mr. Holland's Opus (1995). Since then, he has continued working in the movies, television and the stage.
  • 1991
    Age 43
    He had a starring role opposite Bill Murray in the 1991 comedy What About Bob?, as a psychiatrist who goes crazy while trying to cope with a particularly obsessive new patient.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Dreyfuss produced and starred as Georges Picquart in Prisoner of Honor, an HBO movie about the historical Dreyfus Affair.
  • 1989
    Age 41
    In 1989, Dreyfuss reunited with Spielberg on Always, a remake of A Guy Named Joe in which he co-starred with Holly Hunter.
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  • 1988
    Age 40
    In 1988, he reunited with director Paul Mazursky to star in the political farce Moon Over Parador.
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  • 1986
    Age 38
    Dreyfuss also starred in the Rob Reiner movie, Stand by Me, a 1986 coming-of-age drama/comedy film adapted from Stephen King's novella The Body.
    More Details Hide Details Dreyfuss plays the elder Gordie Lachance, who narrates the film.
    He entered rehabilitation and eventually made a Hollywood comeback with the films Down And Out In Beverly Hills in 1986 and Stakeout the following year.
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  • 1978
    Age 30
    Around 1978, Dreyfuss began using cocaine frequently; his addiction came to a head four years later in 1982, when he was arrested for possession of the drug after he blacked out while driving, and his Mercedes-Benz 450 SL struck a tree.
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    He won the 1978 Academy Award for Best Actor at the 50th Academy Awards ceremony for his portrayal of a struggling actor in The Goodbye Girl (1977), becoming the youngest actor to do so (at the age of 30 years, 125 days old), besting Marlon Brando, who had won his first Oscar in 1955 at the age of 30 years 360 days old. This record stood for 25 years until it was broken in 2003 by Adrien Brody, who was three weeks shy of age 30 at the time of the 75th Academy Awards ceremony.
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  • 1973
    Age 25
    He appeared in the subsequent Dillinger, and landed a role in the 1973 hit American Graffiti, acting with other future stars such as Harrison Ford and Ron Howard.
    More Details Hide Details Dreyfuss played his first lead role in the Canadian film The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974), receiving positive reviews, including praise from Pauline Kael. Dreyfuss went on to star in the box office blockbusters Jaws (1975) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), both directed by Steven Spielberg.
  • 1972
    Age 24
    Dreyfuss appeared in the play The Time of Your Life, which was revived on March 17, 1972 at the Huntington Hartford Theater in Los Angeles, and directed by Edwin Sherin.
    More Details Hide Details Dreyfuss's first film role was a small, uncredited appearance in The Graduate. He had one line, "Shall I get the cops? I'll get the cops". He was also briefly seen as a stage hand in Valley of the Dolls (1967), in which he had a few lines.
  • 1947
    Born on October 29, 1947.
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