Richard Dreyfuss

Biography

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 Dreyfuss worked his way up through bit parts (Fagre voksne verden (1967), for one) and TV before gaining attention with his portrayal of Baby Face Nelson in John Milius' Dillinger - gangsternes gangster (1973). He gained prominence as a college-bound young man in Sidste nat med kliken (1973) and as a nervy Jewish kid with high hopes in Den lille Rockefeller (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: Dødens gab (1975) and Nærkontakt af tredie grad (1977). He won a Best Actor Oscar in his first romantic lead as an out-of-work actor in Hvem sover hvor? (1977). Dreyfuss also produced and starred in the entertaining private eye movie Detektiv i knibe (1978). After a brief lull in the early 1980s, a well-publicized drug problem and a string of box-office disappointments (Konkurrencen (1980), Det er vel mit liv (1981), The Buddy System (1984)), a clean and sober Dreyfuss re-established himself in the mid-'80s as one of Hollywood's more engaging leads. He co-starred with Bette Midler and Nick Nolte in Paul Mazursky's popular Helt på spanden i Beverly Hills (1986). That same year he provided the narration and appeared in the opening and closing "bookends" of Rob Reiner's nostalgic Sammenhold (1986). He quickly followed that with Nuts (1987) opposite Barbra Streisand, Barry Levinson's Plattenslagerne (1987) in a memorable teaming with Danny DeVito and Øjne i natten (1987) with Emilio Estevez. Dreyfuss continued working steadily through the end of the 1980s and into the 1990s, most notably in Mazursky's farce Moon Over Parador (1988), Spielberg's Always (1989), Smil - vi er på (1990) and Rosenkrans og Gyldenstjerne er døde (1990). He appeared as a member of an ensemble that included Holly Hunter, Gena Rowlands and Danny Aiello in the romantic comedy Svigersøn uden lige (1991) and as a pop psychiatrist, the author of several successful self-help books, who is driven to the edge by nutcase Bill Murray in the popular comedy Hva' med Bob? (1991). Dreyfuss has also remained active in the theater ("Death and Maiden", 1992) and on TV. He returned to features in the adaptation of Neil Simon's play Lost in Yonkers (1993) and followed with a supporting turn as the querulous political opponent in Præsident på frierfødder (1995). Dreyfuss received some of the best notices of his career as a determined, inspiring music teacher coping with a deaf son and the demands of his career in Mr. Holland's opus (1995).

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Birth Name

Richard Stephen Dreyfus

Birth Place

Brooklyn, New York City, New York, États-Unis

Birth Date

10/29/1947
Known For
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Roy Neary

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Piranha 3D

Matt Boyd

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Always

Pete Sandich

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James and the Giant Peach

Centipede (voice)

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What About Bob?

Dr. Leo Marvin

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Poseidon

Richard Nelson

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My Life In Ruins

Irv

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Mr. Holland's Opus

Glenn Holland

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Another Stakeout

Chris Lecce

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Stakeout

Chris Lecce

Starring In
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Sweetwater

Maurice Podoloff

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Murder at Yellowstone City

Edgar Blake

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Every Last One of Them

Murphy

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The Last Job

Ben

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Audrey

Self

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Astronaut

Angus

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Daughter of the Wolf

Father

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Sunset Over Mulholland Drive

Curt (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Polar

Porter

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The Last Laugh

Buddy Green

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Asher

Avi

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Bayou Caviar

Yuri

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Book Club

George

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Spielberg

Himself - Actor

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Zipper

George Hiller

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Squatters

David Silverman

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And the Oscar Goes To...

Himself (archive footage)

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Very Good Girls

Danny

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Paranoia

Frank Cassidy

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Milius

Himself

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No

Self (archive footage)

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Casting By

Self

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Shakespeare High

Himself

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Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel

Matt Hooper (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking

Doctor Frankenthal (archive footage) (uncredited)

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RED

Alexander Dunning

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Piranha 3D

Matt Boyd

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Jaws: The Inside Story

Himself

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Leaves of Grass

Pug Rothbaum

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My Life In Ruins

Irv

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I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

Himself

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The Lightkeepers (Prime)

Seth

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W.

Dick Cheney

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Shark Week: Ocean of Fear

Narrator

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The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of 'Jaws'

Self

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Poseidon

Richard Nelson

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The Adventures of Errol Flynn

Himself - Actor

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Silver City

Chuck Raven

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Himself

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The John Garfield Story

Self

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Coast To Coast

Barnaby Pierce

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Teddy Roosevelt: An American Lion

Theodore Roosevelt (voice)

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R2-D2: Beneath the Dome

Himself (uncredited)

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys

Scoop the Snowman (voice)

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Who Is Cletis Tout?

Micah Tobias

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The Day Reagan Was Shot

Alexander Haig

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The Old Man Who Read Love Stories

Antonio Bolivar

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Fail Safe

President

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Lansky

Meyer Lansky

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AFI's 100 Years - 100 Movies (CBS Television Special)

Himself

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Krippendorf's Tribe

Prof. James Krippendorf

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Night Falls on Manhattan

Sam Vigoda

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Oliver Twist

Fagin

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Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II

Himself (segment "Liberian Girl")

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In Search of Peace: Part One 1948 - 1967

Yitzhak Rabin (voice)

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The Call of the Wild

Narrator (voice)

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James and the Giant Peach

Centipede (voice)

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Mad Dog Time

Vic

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Mr. Holland's Opus

Glenn Holland

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The American President

Senator Bob Rumson

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Silent Fall

Dr. Jake Rainer

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Cosa Nostra - The Last Word

Larry

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Another Stakeout

Chris Lecce

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Lost in Yonkers

George Raft

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Johnstown Flood

Narrator

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What About Bob?

Dr. Leo Marvin

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Once Around

Sam Sharpe

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Postcards From the Edge

Doctor Frankenthal

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

The Player

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Let It Ride

Jay Trotter

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Always

Pete Sandich

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Moon Over Parador

Jack Noah / President Alphonse Simms

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Nuts

Aaron Levinsky

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Stakeout

Chris Lecce

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James Stewart: A Wonderful Life

Himself

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Tin Men

Bill 'BB' Babowsky

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Stand By Me

The Writer

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Comic Relief

Self

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Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Dave Whiteman

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The Buddy System

Joe

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Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Ken Harrison

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The Competition

Paul Dietrich

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The Big Fix

Moses Wine

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Roy Neary

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The Goodbye Girl

Elliot Garfield

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Victory at Entebbe

Colonel Yonatan 'Yonni' Netanyahu

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Jaws

Hooper

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Inserts

Boy Wonder

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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Duddy

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Dillinger

Baby Face Nelson

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American Graffiti

Curt

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Hello Down There

Harold Webster

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Valley of the Dolls

Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)

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