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Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss

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Born: October 29, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Began acting at age 9 at the West Side Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles, CA
1964:
At 15 made professional stage debut with "In Mama's House" at the Gallery Theatre in Los Angeles
1964:
First television appearance, the NBC sitcom "Karen"
1966:
Directed by Rob Reiner in the stage production of "The Session" with Larry Bishop (son of Joey), Reiner, and David Arkin
1967:
First film part, uncredited role in "The Graduate"
1968:
Delivered memorable role as a cocky car thief in "The Young Runaways"
1969:
Made Broadway debut in "But, Seriously..."
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Worked at New York Playboy Club with comedy troupe; was fired after his first performance for insulting customers
1971:
Appeared in Israel Horowitz's off-Broadway play "Line"
1972:
TV movie debut, "Two for the Money" (ABC)
1973:
Played Baby Face Nelson in John Milius' "Dillinger"
1973:
Garnered notice for his turn as the college-bound Curt in George Lucas' "American Graffiti"
1974:
Landed first lead role in the Canadian film "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz"
1975:
Breakthrough role, played marine biologist Matt Hooper in Steven Spielberg's "Jaws"
1977:
Second collaboration with Spielberg, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
1977:
Won Best Actor Academy Award for his role as a struggling actor opposite Marsha Mason in Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl"
1978:
Produced and starred in feature film "The Big Fix"
1978:
Played Cassius in "Julius Caesar" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
1979:
Starred as Iago in "Othello" with the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park
1981:
Turned in remarkable performance as paralyzed sculptor who argues for his right to die in John Badham's "Whose Life Is It Anyway?"
1986:
Started as part of the fine ensemble of Paul Mazursky's "Down and Out in Beverly Hills"
1986:
Narrated director Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me"
1987:
Produced, wrote and hosted TV special "Funny You Don't Look 200!" (ABC)
1987:
Offered excellent turns in both Barry Levinson's "Tin Men" and Badham's "Stakeout"
1988:
Re-teamed with Mazursky as the very broad actor-cum-dictator of "Moon Over Parador"
1989:
Third film with director Spielberg, starring opposite Holly Hunter in "Always"
1991:
Executive produced Ken Russell's "Prisoner of Honor" (HBO); also co-starred as George Picquart
1991:
Re-teamed with Hunter for Lasse Hallstrom's "Once Around"
1991:
Portrayed Bill Murray's shrink in "What About Bob?"
1992:
Returned to Broadway in "Death and the Maiden" with Glenn Close and Gene Hackman
1993:
Appeared in feature film version of Neil Simon's play "Lost in Yonkers"
1994:
Stage directorial debut, "Hamlet" for the Birmingham Theatre Company at the Old Rep in England
1995:
Earned second Best Actor Academy Award nomination for "Mr. Holland's Opus"
1995:
Acted opposite Christine Lahti in the Los Angeles stage production of "Three Hotels"
1996:
Made cameo appearance as Senator Bob Rumson in Reiner's "The American President"
1996:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (October)
1996:
Directed the short film "Present Tense, Past Perfect" (Showtime)
1997:
Played a civil rights attorney based on William Kunstler for Sidney Lumet's "Night Falls on Manhattan"
1997:
Co-produced and starred as Fagin in the TV adaptation of "Oliver Twist" (ABC)
1998:
Starred opposite Jenna Elfman in "Krippendorf's Tribe"
1998:
Re-teamed with Mason for the stage play "House," co-authored by Jon Robin Baitz and Terrence McNally
1999:
Co-starred with Mason in the London stage production of Simon's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue"
1999:
Portrayed infamous Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky in HBO's "Lansky"; scripted by David Mamet and directed by John McNaughton
2000:
Cast as an aging gangster in the comedy "The Crew"
2001:
Co-starred in "The Old Man Who Loved to Read Stories"
2001:
Starred in the CBS TV drama "The Education of Max Bickford"
2001:
Played U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig in Showtime drama "The Day Reagan Was Shot"
2004:
Returned to Broadway in "Sly Fox" opposite Elizabeth Berkley
2004:
Co-starred with Chris Cooper in John Sayles' political satire "Silver City"
2006:
Starred in director Wolfgang Petersen's remake of "The Poseidon Adventure"
2008:
Portrayed U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in Oliver Stone's biopic "W."
2009:
Cast in Joe Sutton¿s "Complicit" at London¿s Old Vic theater; directed by Kevin Spacey
2009:
Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the album <i>The Lincoln-Douglas Debates</i>
2010:
Played a local drug lord in Tim Blake Nelson's "Leaves of Grass"
2010:
Acted opposite Elisabeth Shue in the action thriller "Piranha 3-D"
2010:
Portrayed Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in the Colin Greer play "Imagining Heschel" at New York's Cherry Lane Theater
2012:
Co-starred with Lauren Ambrose and Geena Davis in A&E miniseries "Coma," based on 1978 film

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