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Birth information

29 October 1947 Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Richard Stephen Dreyfus

How tall is Richard Dreyfuss?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Svetlana Erokhin
Janelle Lacey
Jeramie Rain

Life Story of Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss is an American leading man, who has played his fair share of irritating pests and brash, ambitious hustlers.

He was born Richard Stephen Dreyfus in Brooklyn, New York, to Geraldine (Robbins), an activist, and Norman Dreyfus, a restaurateur and attorney. His paternal grandparents were Austro-Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and his mother's family was Russian Jewish.

Richard worked his way up through bit parts (The Graduate (1967), for one) and TV before gaining attention with his portrayal of Baby Face Nelson in John Milius' Dillinger (1973). He gained prominence as a college-bound young man in American Graffiti (1973) and as a nervy Jewish kid with high hopes in Duddy will hoch hinaus (1974). By the latter part of the 1970s Dreyfuss was established as a major star, playing leads (and alter-egos) for Steven Spielberg in two of the top-grossing films of the that decade: Jaws (1975) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). He won a Best Actor Oscar in his first romantic lead as an out-of-work actor in The Goodbye Girl (1977). Dreyfuss also produced and starred in the entertaining private eye movie The Big Fix (1978). After a brief lull in...

Significant features of Richard Dreyfuss

Often plays wisecracking, fast-talking characters
Often plays characters who see themselves as intellectuals
Low-pitched nasal voice
Often works with Steven Spielberg
Short stature

How much money has Richard Dreyfuss earned?

American Graffiti (1973) $480 /week
What About Bob? (1991) $5,000,000

What movies did Richard Dreyfuss play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Astronaut (2019) , The Lightkeepers (2009) , Copshop (2004) , Duel: Hamilton vs. Burr (2004) , The Education of Max Bickford (2002) , Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington (2001) , The Wonderful World of Disney (1997) , Quiz Show (1994) , Prisoner of Honor (1991) , Once Around (1991) , Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville (1987) , The Big Fix (1978) ,
Directors Filmography
Present Tense, Past Perfect (1995) ,
Actors Filmography
Nate & Al Al Kaplan,...

Birth information

29 October 1947 Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Richard Stephen Dreyfus

How tall is Richard Dreyfuss?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Svetlana Erokhin
Janelle Lacey
Jeramie Rain

Life Story of Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss is an American leading man, who has played his fair share of irritating pests and brash, ambitious hustlers.

He was born Richard Stephen Dreyfus in Brooklyn, New York, to Geraldine (Robbins), an activist, and Norman Dreyfus, a restaurateur and attorney. His paternal grandparents were Austro-Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and his mother's family was Russian Jewish.

Richard worked his way up through bit parts (The Graduate (1967), for one) and TV before gaining attention with his portrayal of Baby Face Nelson in John Milius' Dillinger (1973). He gained prominence as a college-bound young man in American Graffiti (1973) and as a nervy Jewish kid with high hopes in Duddy will hoch hinaus (1974). By the latter part of the 1970s Dreyfuss was established as a major star, playing leads (and alter-egos) for Steven Spielberg in two of the top-grossing films of the that decade: Jaws (1975) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). He won a Best Actor Oscar in his first romantic lead as an out-of-work actor in The Goodbye Girl (1977). Dreyfuss also produced and starred in the entertaining private eye movie The Big Fix (1978). After a brief lull in...

Significant features of Richard Dreyfuss

Often plays wisecracking, fast-talking characters
Often plays characters who see themselves as intellectuals
Low-pitched nasal voice
Often works with Steven Spielberg
Short stature

How much money has Richard Dreyfuss earned?

American Graffiti (1973) $480 /week
What About Bob? (1991) $5,000,000

What movies did Richard Dreyfuss play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Astronaut (2019) , The Lightkeepers (2009) , Copshop (2004) , Duel: Hamilton vs. Burr (2004) , The Education of Max Bickford (2002) , Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington (2001) , The Wonderful World of Disney (1997) , Quiz Show (1994) , Prisoner of Honor (1991) , Once Around (1991) , Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville (1987) , The Big Fix (1978) ,
Directors Filmography
Present Tense, Past Perfect (1995) ,
Actors Filmography
Nate & Al Al Kaplan,...

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Dustin Hoffman, Richard Dreyfuss, and Norman Fell in Die Reifeprüfung (1967)

Ranked #81 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

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Jeff Goldblum and Richard Dreyfuss in Bullet Point (1996)

Around 1978, he 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. He entered rehabilitation and eventually made a Hollywood comeback with the films Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) and Stakeout (1987) the following year.

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Jeff Goldblum, Ellen Barkin, and Richard Dreyfuss in Bullet Point (1996)

Younger brother of Lorin Dreyfuss.

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Richard Dreyfuss in Piranha 3D (2010)

Son of Geraldine Dreyfuss.

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Richard Dreyfuss in Piranha 3D (2010)

Formerly, at age 30, the youngest man to win Oscar for Best Actor (The Goodbye Girl (1977)). He was beaten by Adrien Brody (29) at the 2003 ceremony.

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Richard Dreyfuss, Bette Midler, Nick Nolte, etc.

Has a great dislike for rock music.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Nick Nolte in Zoff in Beverly Hills (1986)

Treated for infection in right lung in a New York City hospital [April-May 2002].

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Richard Dreyfuss and Nick Nolte in Zoff in Beverly Hills (1986)

Attributes much of his ability to end drug addiction to a life-altering vision experienced in hospital after a bad car crash. Under the influence of drugs while driving, Dreyfuss knew the crash was his fault. Though he was the only one injured, in his recovery state he was moved by the image of a beautiful little girl in a white dress. The girl served to remind him of the kind of innocent life he could have destroyed, and it compelled him to save his own life, he says, by confronting his drug demons.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler in Zoff in Beverly Hills (1986)

Uncle of Justin Dreyfuss and Natalie Dreyfuss.

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Candice Bergen and Richard Dreyfuss in Book Club - Das Beste kommt noch (2018)

During 2004-2005, he took a short break from acting to lecture at Oxford University.

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Richard Dreyfuss in Bullet Point (1996)

During his struggling actor years, he was constantly subjected to the ridicule of Hollywood casting directors after auditioning. The actor had written up a little list of their names which he kept as a reminder that he would eventually find success.

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Richard Dreyfuss in Bullet Point (1996)

Was once played by Darrell Hammond in a skit on Saturday Night Live (1975). Hammond played Dreyfuss auditioning to play C-3PO in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).

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Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss in Was ist mit Bob? (1991)

Was married to Svetlana Erokhin in Harrisonburg, Virginia while in town for a speaking engagement at James Madison Univeristy.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Julie Hagerty in Was ist mit Bob? (1991)

Passed on two sequels from films he made in the early/mid-1970s: American Graffiti (1973) and Jaws (1975)... the sequels being More American Graffiti (1979) and Jaws 2 (1978), both of which came out in the late 1970s. In each sequel, his character is briefly mentioned as being away in a region with a cold climate... his American Graffiti character, "Curt", is in Canada and his Jaws character, "Hooper", is on an expedition in Alaska. In both sequels, most of the original cast has returned to reprise their roles. Also, each original film was directed by two groundbreaking filmmakers, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg (both making their mark in the industry); and both sequels were directed by another director.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason in Der Untermieter (1977)

Because of memory loss problems, as a result of his drug addiction in the 1970s and 1980s, during the brief run of "Complicit" at the Old Vic in 2009, he controversially used an earpiece to enable the prompter to feed him his lines during performances. The play, co-starring Elizabeth McGovern and David Suchet, and directed by Kevin Spacey, was widely ridiculed in the British press as a result. Commenting on his many fluffed lines, the Daily Mail's theatre reviewer quipped, "We're going to need a bigger earpiece.".

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Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason in Der Untermieter (1977)

While filming Moon Over Parador (1988) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1987, he stayed at the world-famous Copacabana Palace Hotel.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason in Der Untermieter (1977)

Co-wrote a 1997 novel, "The Two Georges", with Hugo Award-winning science fiction writer, Harry Turtledove. The novel is an alternate history, based on the premise that the American Revolution was not successful, and America is still part of the British Empire.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason in Der Untermieter (1977)

Got his role as Roy Neary in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) which was turned down by Al Pacino and Gene Hackman.

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Audrey Hepburn and Richard Dreyfuss in Always - Der Feuerengel von Montana (1989)

Became a father for the first time at age 36 when his now first ex-wife Jeramie Rain gave birth to their daughter Emily Dreyfuss in November 1983.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Ben Faulkner in Stummer Schrei (1994)

Became a father for the second time at age 38 when his now first ex-wife Jeramie Rain gave birth to their son Ben Dreyfuss in June 1986.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Diane Keaton in The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978)

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 10, 1996.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter in Always - Der Feuerengel von Montana (1989)

As of 2019, he has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Graduate (1967), American Graffiti (1973), Jaws (1975) and The Goodbye Girl (1977).

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Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter in Always - Der Feuerengel von Montana (1989)

He was awarded the 1996 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Lead Performance for "Three Hotels" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter in Always - Der Feuerengel von Montana (1989)

Jane Fonda's role in The China Syndrome (1979) was originally written with Dreyfuss in mind. After he backed out of the project, due to salary concerns, the role was rewritten as female and was eventually played by Jane Fonda.

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Richard Dreyfuss in Always - Der Feuerengel von Montana (1989)

He was awarded the 1996 Drama Logue for Outstanding Performance for "Three Hotels" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter in Always - Der Feuerengel von Montana (1989)

He was awarded the 1984 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for the play, "The Hands of Its Enemy", at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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Richard Dreyfuss and John Goodman in Always - Der Feuerengel von Montana (1989)

He is agnostic.

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