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Richard Dreyfuss ACTOR

Richard Dreyfuss was born on October 29th, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York City with the middle name Stephen, born to Norman and Geraldine.  When he was young his family relocated for a short time to live in Europe but then later returned to the United States and settled in Los Angeles at the age of nine.
He first developed an interest in acting when he was still a young boy performing at the Beverly Hills Jewish Center.  He later went on to debut on his first television show, "Mama's House" at the age of fifteen. 

Dreyfuss graduated from Beverly Hills High School and then went on to study at San Fernando Valley State College, however he never earned a degree.  He continued pursuing acting part time making small appearances on such series as, "Peyton Place", "Gidget", "Bewitched" and "The Big Valley".
In addition to working as a television actor he also began to gain some experience as a stage actor appearing in Off-Broadway as well as Broadway productions.
Now with stage and television experience on his resume he decided to audition for roles in the film industry.  His first film role was a very minor part in, "The Graduate" (1967) starring Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman.  Soon though he began to appear more frequently on the big screen in such films as, "Valley of the Dolls" (1967) starring Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, Paul Burke, Martin Milner, Lee Grant, Charles Drake, George Jessel, Joey Bishop and Susan Hayward, "American Graffiti" (1973) starring with Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Kathleen Quinlan, Bo Hopkins, Suzanne Somers, Kay Lenz and Mackenzie Phillips and his first real lead role in the Canadian film, "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" (1974) with Jack Warden, Micheline Lanctot and Randy Quaid.
Finally he had begun to make a name for himself in the industry and his next film role really took his career to the next level.  He starred in the successful, "Jaws" (1975) directed by Steven Spielberg and starring with Dreyfuss are Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton.  Other film roles he soon added to his credits were, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) starring with Fran├žois Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban and Cary Guffey and "The Goodbye Girl" (1977) co-starring Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings and Paul Benedict, a role for which he won an Academy Award as Best Actor.
Other credits he added to his resume during this time in his career were roles in the films, "The Big Fix" (1978), "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" (1981) and "The Buddy System" (1984).
Although his professional life had finally taken off his personal life was in turmoil with the addiction of cocaine use and then in 1982 he was arrested for possession of the drug.  Luckily, he was able to rehabilitate himself and was able to get back in to acting just two years later.
In 1986, he was cast in, "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" followed by more successful films such as, "Nuts" (1987), "Stakeout" (1987), "Moon Over Parador" (1988), "Always" (1989), "Postcards from the Edge" (1990), "What About Bob?" (1991), "Once Around" (1991), "Lost in Yonkers" (1993), "The American President" (1995) and "Mr. Holland's Opus" (1995).     

In 2004 he decided to take a brief break from working in the film industry and focus on theatrical work and he also chose to dedicate his time to lecture at Oxford University.  He currently resides in San Diego area and has returned to acting most recently being seen on, the films, "Piranha" (2010), "Red" (2010) and the television series, "Parenthood" (2011), "The Big Valley" (2010), "Coma" (2012) and soon to release in 2013, "To Appomattox".     

In addition to his television, stage and film acting he has also done a variety of voice over projects for such companies as, Apple, Inc, Apple Computer Inc and Think Different.    

He has married three times throughout his lifetime, first to Jeramie Rain in 1983 and they had three children before this marriage came to an end in 1995.  He then married Janelle Lacey in 1999 however by 2005 this marriage also came to an end.  His third and present wife is Svetlana Erokhin and they wed in 2006.
Richard Dreyfuss has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.  He dedicates his spare time involved in academic causes where he hopes to encourage American history being taught in American schools.  He has also published a book titled, "The Two Georges".  He suffers from bipolar disorder but has not let that take an affect on his work and he remains in he industry living in Encinitas, California with his wife.  



2013   To Appomattox

2012   Coma

2011   The Big Valley 

2011   Parenthood

2011   Lone Star Trixie

2010   Weeds

2010   Red

2010   Piranha

2009   The Lightkeepers

2009   Leaves of Grass 

2009   Family Guy 

2009   Happiness Isn't Everything

2009   My Life in Ruins 

2008   W. 

2008   Signs of the Time 

2007   Tin Man

2007   Ocean of Fear: Worst Shark Attack Ever

2006   Poseidon 

2004   Copshop

2004   Silver City

2003   Coast to Coast

2001-2002  The Education of Max Bickford

2001   The Day Reagan Was Shot

2001   Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys 

2001   Who Is Cletis Tout? 

2001   The Old Man Who Read Love Stories

2000   The Crew

2000   Fail Safe 

1999   Lansky 

1998   Krippendorf's Tribe

1997   Oliver Twist

1997   The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon

1996   Mad Dog Time

1996   Night Falls on Manhattan 

1996   James and the Giant Peach 

1995   Mr. Holland's Opus 

1995   The American President

1995   The Last Word 

1994   The Great Battles of the Civil War 

1994   Silent Fall

1993   Another Stakeout 

1993   Lost in Yonkers

1992   Lincoln 

1992   The American Experience 

1991   Prisoner of Honor

1991   What About Bob?

1991   Once Around

1990   Postcards from the Edge 

1990   Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 

1989   Always 

1989   Let It Ride 

1988   Moon Over Parador 

1987   Nuts 

1987   Stakeout

1987   Tin Men 

1986   Stand by Me

1986   Down and Out in Beverly Hills 

1984   The Buddy System 

1981   Whose Life Is It Anyway? 

1980   The Competition

1979   Othello

1978   The Big Fix

1977   The Goodbye Girl

1977   Close Encounters of the Third Kind

1977   The Sentinel 

1976   Victory at Entebbe 

1975   Jaws

1974   The Second Coming of Suzanne

1974   The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

1974   Inserts

1973   The New Dick Van Dyke Show

1973   American Graffiti

1973   Dillinger

1973   Catch-22 

1973   A Touch of Grace 

1973   Gunsmoke 

1970-1973  Mod Squad

1972   The Shadow of a Gunman 

1972   Two for the Money 

1971   You Are There 

1971   The Young Lawyers 

1971   Untold Damage 

1970   Room 222 

1970   The Bold Ones: The New Doctors

1969   The New People

1969   Hello Down There

1969   The Ghost & Mrs. Muir 

1968   Felony Squad 

1968   Judd for the Defense 

1968   The Young Runaways 

1967   The Graduate 

1967   Valley of the Dolls 

1967   The Second Hundred Years

1967   Hey, Landlord

1967   That Girl 

1967   Occasional Wife 

1967   The Big Valley 

1966   Please Don't Eat the Daisies

1966   Bewitched 

1966   Gidget 

1965   Ben Casey

1964   Karen

Matinee Classics - American Graffiti starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Wolfman Jack, Bo Hopkins, Manuel Padilla Jr., Beau Gentry and Harrison Ford
Matinee Classics - The Graduate starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Buck Henry, Brian Avery, Norman Fell, Marion Lorne, Alice Ghostley, Eve McVeagh, Mike Farrell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ben Murphy and Kevin Tighe

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