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Biography #2Richard Dreyfuss is among the leading actors of the American cinema. His role as the teacher in Mr. Holland's Opus earned him Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor. He still holds the distinction of being the youngest actor to win an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor for The Goodbye Girl (1977) at age 29. Three of his movies rank in the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest Films.
Dreyfuss made his motion picture debut in 1967 with a bit part in Valley of the Dolls, followed by one line in The Graduate. In 1973, he starred in American Graffiti, which earned him both praise and attention. This was followed by performances in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Goodbye Girl. His additional film credits include Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Tin Men, Stakeout, Sidney Lumet's Night Falls on Manhattan, What About Bob?, The American President, The Crew and the upcoming The Old Man Who Read Love Stories.
Among his theater credits are a Broadway production of Death and the Maiden, and Three Hotels at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. He also directed Hamlet for the Birmingham Theatre Company at the Old Rep in England. He received a Grammy Award nomination for a recording of The Prisoner of Second Avenue. He is a charter member of the Los Angeles Theatre Works, a radio ensemble company. Dreyfuss recently starred as Mark Anthony in the BBC Radio/KCRW production of Julius Caesarand as Benedict Arnold in An American General, as well as in George Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple.
Dreyfuss was recently seen in the Showtime film The Day Reagan Was Shot, as well as the live CBS production of Fail Safe and the HBO film Lansky. Dreyfuss received the 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hollywood Film Festival.
Dreyfuss was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Los Angeles with his parents when he was eight. He has three children, Emily, Benjamin and Harry, and lives in Los Angeles and New York with his wife, Janelle. His birthdate is October 29.
Bio courtesy CBS (01-Jan-2000)