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|Also Known As:||Richard Stephan Dreyfus||Died:|
|Born:||October 29, 1947||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Brooklyn, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor producer director writer hospital clerk|
At one time, the youngest actor ever to win the coveted Best Actor Oscar, Richard Dreyfuss - at age 29 - was propelled to stardom with his complex performance in "The Goodbye Girl" (1977). Thanks to his uncanny ability to make annoyingly vain, pompous, whiny or supercilious characters seem both heroic and likable, he rose to the top of the Hollywood heap with memorable turns in "American Graffiti" (1973), "Jaws" (1975) and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977). Though he was the epitome of cockiness on screen, there was always something reassuring about his presence, though he did gain the dubious off-screen reputation for being exceedingly arrogant. On top of the world at the end of the 1970s, Dreyfuss was poised to become one of the major superstars of the next decade. Instead, Dreyfuss blew his movie-star career sky-high through a cocktail of cocaine, booze and pills; yet another example of too much, too fast, too soon. After a period of recovery, Dreyfuss rebounded, both chastened and wiser with "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986), "Stakeout" (1987) and "What About Bob?" (1991), reclaiming his mantle as one of Hollywood's most gifted comedic and dramatic actors.
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