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Richard Dreyfuss

Actor Date of birth 29th October 1947
Place of birth Brooklyn, New York, USA
Year of debut 1967
First feature film Valley Of The Dolls

Awards

  • Academy Awards won1
  • Academy Awards nominated2
  • BAFTA Awards won1
  • BAFTA Awards nominated2
  • Golden Globe Awards won1
  • Golden Globe Awards nominated4
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Biography

Richard Dreyfuss was raised in Brooklyn and LA. His mother was a peace activist and he was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. After acting on stage and TV in the 60s, he found fame in Jaws in 1975. Following a period in rehab, he came back with Down And Out In Beverly Hills in 1986. He has subsequently appeared in a variety of movies, including Mr Holland’s Opus, What About Bob?, W and Piranha.

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Richard Dreyfuss's films

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Packshot for the film Very Good Girls
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
88 Mins
Released
2014

Two teenage girls (Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen) fall for the same man. With Demi Moore. Strong language, moderate sex.

Rent for £1.99
Packshot for the film RED
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
106 Mins
Released
2010

Retired spies, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich are framed by the CIA. Contains frequent moderate action violence and one use of strong language.

Rent for £2.50
Packshot for the film Poseidon
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
95 Mins
Released
2006

Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas and Richard Dreyfuss try to find a way out of a sinking ship. Contains sustained threat and images of fatalities that may disturb.

Rent for £2.49
Packshot for the film Stand By Me
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
86 Mins
Released
1986

Four friends go on an adventure to find a dead body. With River Phoenix, Kiefer Sutherland and Richard Dreyfuss. Contains frequent, mild language.

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Did you know?

  • In 1977, Richard Dreyfuss became the youngest actor to win the Best Actor Oscar. He was just 29 years old.
  • He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and spoke about it in the documentary Stephen Fry: The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive in 2006.
  • He has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
  • He drove his car into a tree in 1982, which prompted his rehabilitation from drugs.
  • In an interview for The Guardian in 2004, he said, “Jaws is a masterpiece. The sequels? Silly. Stupid. Ridiculous.”

Awards

  • 1 Academy Awards won

    • 1977 Best Actor in a Leading Role - The Goodbye Girl
  • 2 Academy Awards nominated

    • 1995 Best Actor in a Leading Role - Mr. Holland’s Opus
    • 1977 Best Actor in a Leading Role - The Goodbye Girl
  • 1 BAFTA Awards won

    • 1978 Best Actor - The Goodbye Girl
  • 2 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 1978 Best Actor - The Goodbye Girl
    • 1975 Best Actor - Jaws
  • 1 Golden Globe Awards won

    • 1978 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical - The Goodbye Girl
  • 4 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 1996 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama - Mr. Holland’s Opus
    • 1988 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nuts
    • 1978 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical - The Goodbye Girl
    • 1974 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical - American Graffiti