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Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss began his career in the 1960s with bit parts in the feature films The Graduate and Valley of the Dolls in 1967. His performance as Baby Face Nelson in Dillinger in 1973 led to major roles in George Lucas' American Graffiti later that year and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in 1974.

In 1975, Dreyfuss starred in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster thriller Jaws, working again with Spielberg two years later in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. That same year, he starred in Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Subsequent movie credits include The Big Fix (1978), The Competition (1980) and Whose Life Is It, Anyway? (1981).

In 1986, Dreyfuss starred with Nick Nolte and Bette Midler in the box office hit Down and Out in Beverly Hills, directed by Paul Mazursky. The following year, he starred with Barbra Streisand in Martin Ritt's Nuts, with Emilio Estevez in John Badham's Stakeout and with Danny DeVito in Barry Levinson's Tin Men.

Dreyfuss was reunited with directors Paul Mazursky, for Moon Over Parador in 1988, and Steven Spielberg for Always in 1989. He appeared in featured roles the following year in Mike Nichols' Postcards From the Edge and in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He starred in two films in 1991, Lasse Hallestrom's Once Around and Frank Oz's What About Bob?.

Dreyfuss' other film credits include Lost in Yonkers, Another Stakeout, Silent Fall, The American President and Mr. Holland's Opus. He is currently a senior advisory member at St. Anthony's College at Oxford University in England.

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Richard Dreyfuss Facts

Birth Name Richard Stephen Dreyfus
BirthdayOctober 29, 1947 (76)
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
Height5' 5" (1m65)  How tall is Richard Dreyfuss compared to you?
Awards1978 Academy Awards: Best Actor (for The Goodbye Girl)
1978 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for The Goodbye Girl)
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Selected Filmography

James and the Giant Peach
The American President
The Graduate
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Postcards From The Edge
American Graffiti
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