Peggy Elliott: Famous People I Have Known - But Didn't Know It
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I am looking at a picture of a very young Richard Dreyfus. It is a frame captured from an episode my partner, Ed Scharlach, and I wrote for the TV sitcom, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir in 1972, and sent to me by a GAMMie -- as the fans of the series term themselves. He is sporting a paintbrush mustache, and I wonder: did he grow it for the role of a young newspaperman, thinking the character would want to look older? Did he, as an actor, grow it in the hopes that he would look older? Or, was it just the '70s, where everyone had a mustache?
I have no idea, because, when he was cast, I didn't know that Richard Dreyfus would be become Richard Dreyfus, so was only pleased at how well he brought off the intention of the part, which was a rare guest role in a series that mostly featured the running characters. It was a good part: Ed and I came from what we called "The Carl Reiner School of Writing." We were still in college when the Dick Van Dyke Show went off the air, but had th
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