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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 ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015 Zipper
George Hiller
 2013 Cas & Dylan
Dr. Cas Pepper
 2013 Very Good Girls
 2009 The Lightkeepers
Seth Atkins / Bascom
 2008/I W.
Dick Cheney
 2004 Silver City
Chuck Raven
 2001 The Old Man Who Read Love Stories
Antonio Bolivar
 2000 The Crew
Bobby Bartellemeo / Narrator
 1996 Mad Dog Time
 1995 The Last Word
 1993 Lost in Yonkers
Louie Kurnitz
 1991 Once Around
Sam Sharpe
 1987 Nuts
Aaron Levinsky
 1986 Down and Out in Beverly Hills
Dave Whiteman
 1984 The Buddy System
 1980 The Competition
Paul Dietrich
 1978 The Big Fix
Moses Wine
 1977 The Sentinel
Man on sidewalk talking to girl in red sweater (uncredited)
 1975 Jaws
 1969 Hello Down There
Harold Webster
 1968 The Young Runaways
 1967 Valley of the Dolls
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5' 5" (1.65 m)

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(2009, on The Day Reagan Was Shot (2001)) I thought I was miscast. He's a character I could empathize with. He's totally human. A physically bigger person should have played him, but it was fun, and it was especially fun because it was true, and it was a really well-written script in that way. But playing him... You know, every actor wants to play the villain. The trick is not to wink at the ... See more »


In 2004, he announced his retirement from film acting, and that he would concentrate on theater. He implied that he decided upon this course due to a lack of recent work in film and that his greater passion was always theater. See more »


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Looks bad for his Age at 58!!! Weezerboi18
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