Richard Dreyfuss


Actor
Richard Dreyfuss

About

Also Known As
Richard Stephan Dreyfus
Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
October 29, 1947

Biography

Richard Dreyfuss was an American actor who collaborated with some of the greatest filmmakers of the 1970s, including the film that for all intents and purposes invented the summer blockbuster, and was for awhile the youngest man to ever win an Oscar for Best Actor. Throughout the years Dreyfuss brought a very specific, often tightly wound energy to all of his projects, whether he's appea...

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Family & Companions

Jeramie Dreyfuss
Wife
TV writer-producer. Met at a party c. 1983; married on March 20, 1983; separated in 1992; divorced in 1995; born c. 1948; mother of his three children; suffered a flare up of systemic lupus erythematosus after birth of first child Emily; originally diagnosed at 29 after having had recurring attacks for years.
Laura Cayouette
Companion
Actor. Together from c. 1993 to 1996; born c. 1964; daughter of NSA deputy director William Crowell.
Janelle Lacey
Wife
Accountant. Announced engagement in May 1998; married on May 30, 1999.

Bibliography

"The Two Georges"
Richard Dreyfuss and Harry Turtledove (1996)

Notes

Dreyfuss is a charter member of the Los Angeles Classic Theatre Works group.

His producing partnership with Judith Rutherford James, Dreyfuss/James Productions, has shared producing responsibilities on "Once Around" (1991, in which Dreyfus starred), Robert Redford's "Quiz Show" (1994), the TNT movie "Kissinger and Nixon" (1995) and "Krippindorf's Tribe" (1998, in which he also starred), among other projects.

Biography

Richard Dreyfuss was an American actor who collaborated with some of the greatest filmmakers of the 1970s, including the film that for all intents and purposes invented the summer blockbuster, and was for awhile the youngest man to ever win an Oscar for Best Actor. Throughout the years Dreyfuss brought a very specific, often tightly wound energy to all of his projects, whether he's appearing in tear-jerking dramas or slapstick comedies. Born on October 29, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY, Dreyfuss was the second son born to Geraldine Dreyfuss, a peace activist, and Norman Dreyfuss, an attorney. His older brother, Lorin, was born in 1944. The family lived in the Bayside area of Queens, but Norman soon grew tired of New York, and the family moved, first to Europe for awhile, before settling in Los Angeles when Dreyfuss was nine years old. It was here that Dreyfuss first began acting, performing in plays at the Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Art Center and Westside Jewish Community Center, under the tutelage of drama teacher Bill Miller. While still in high school at Beverly Hills High, Dreyfuss made his TV debut, on an episode of the sitcom "Karen" (1964-67). He briefly attended CSU Northridge, but dropped out after a year. In 1967, Dreyfuss appeared in very small roles in two high profile films, playing a stagehand in the drama "Valley of the Dolls" (1967), and a college student during a pivotal scene towards the end of "The Graduate" (1967). While working as a clerk at a Los Angeles hospital, part of his alternate service as a registered conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, Dreyfuss built up quite a resume of TV appearances, taking guest spots on such programs as "Peyton Place" (ABC, 1964-69), "That Girl" (ABC, 1966-1971), and "Bewitched" (ABC, 1964-1972). However, his big break came when an ambitious film school graduate named George Lucas cast Dreyfuss in the lead role of his second feature, "American Graffiti" (1973). In the film, a nostalgic look back at a group of high school friends over one pivotal night towards the end of summer 1962, Dreyfuss played Curt, a bright but conflicted young man who is debating whether or not he really wants to leave his hometown to go to college out on the East Coast, and spends the film trying to chase down an elusive blonde in a white T-Bird. In addition to Dreyfuss, the cast included a number of future stars, including Ron Howard and Harrison Ford. The film was a hit, and Dreyfuss followed it up with another lead role, playing the titular character in the comedy "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" (1974). Though the film wasn't a box office smash, it got strong reviews from critics, especially Pauline Kael, who praised Dreyfuss for his energetic performance. For his next film, Dreyfuss hooked up with Steven Spielberg, a buddy of his "American Graffiti" director George Lucas, to play Matt Hooper, a brash, Ivy League-educated shark specialist who embarks on a fateful journey alongside a squeamish local sheriff (Roy Scheider) and a drunken eccentric fisherman (Robert Shaw) to try and kill a bloodthirsty great white shark. While the production of the film was notoriously troubled, when "Jaws" (1975) was unleashed onto moviegoers in the summer of 1975, the response was seismic. "Jaws" became the highest grossing film of all time, all but cemented the summer blockbuster into culture, and made Spielberg one of the most popular directors in film history. Naturally, Dreyfuss decided to reunite with Spielberg for his next project, a moody yet hopeful sci-fi film about a family man whose life changes after he encounters alien lifeforms. "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), was another box office phenomenon, praised by critics and audiences alike, nominated for multiple Oscars, and went on to gross over $300 million worldwide. That same year, Dreyfuss starred in a much smaller film, "The Goodbye Girl," written by Neil Simon, in which he played Elliot Garfield, a neurotic aspiring actor trying to make it on Broadway who falls in love with an equally neurotic dancer (Marsha Mason). Though the film itself received mixed reviews, the consensus was that Dreyfuss was excellent as Elliot, and on Oscar night the following year, Dreyfuss became the youngest man in history to take home the award for Best Actor. At 30 years and 125 days old, he just barely beat out Marlon Brando, who was 30 years and 360 days old when he won the same prize for "On the Waterfront" (1954). With two huge blockbusters and an Academy Award under his belt, Dreyfuss should've been on top of the world. Sadly, it was around this time that he began using cocaine, a habit that quickly turned into a full-on addiction. In 1982, he hit rock bottom when he blacked out while driving, and his Mercedes-Benz 450 SL plowed into a tree. Dreyfuss wasn't hurt, but police did arrest him for cocaine possession. Soon after this incident, he entered rehab and got sober. The next step was getting his career back on track, which he did by appearing in a number of successful films, including Paul Mazursky's dark comedy "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986), and Rob Reiner's coming of age tale "Stand by Me" (1986). In 1989, Dreyfuss worked with Spielberg for a third time, starring alongside Holly Hunter, John Goodman, and Audrey Hepburn in her final onscreen appearance, in the romantic comedy "Always" (1989). Though the film wasn't nearly as big a hit as "Jaws" or "Close Encounters" this did not deter Dreyfuss, who followed it up with a powerhouse comedic performance in "What About Bob?" (1991), in which he played Dr. Leo Marvin, a self-obsessed therapist with a hair-trigger temper whose attempts at becoming a household name are destroyed over the course of a weekend by a well-meaning but deeply annoying patient named Bob (Bill Murray). The film was a hit with critics and audiences, largely due to the excellent comedic chemistry between Dreyfuss and Murray. For his next big project, Dreyfuss went back to drama, playing a high school music teacher who aspires to become a world-renowned composer while dealing with a dysfunctional family. Based on a true story, "Mr. Holland's Opus" (1995) earned Dreyfuss a number of accolades, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. As film work began to dry up in the late nineties, Dreyfuss turned to TV, acting as producer and star of the drama series "The Education of Max Bickford" (CBS, 2001-02). Despite a strong start, the show soon dipped in the ratings, and was cancelled after its first season. Dreyfuss was next slated to play shyster producer Max Bialystock in a London production of "The Producers" but was eventually fired due to issues involving a herniated disc. He followed up this kerfuffle by appearing in the big budget disaster remake "Poseidon" (2006), and playing Vice President Dick Cheney in Oliver Stone's George W. Bush biopic, "W." (2008). After both of those films failed to make much of a mark, Dreyfuss returned to TV, where he enjoyed an arc on the drama "Weeds" (Showtime, 2005-2012), playing Warren Schiff, an old high school teacher of lead character Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), to whom she lost her virginity as a teen. He then went from playing a fictional old creep to playing a real life one, when he was cast as the notorious Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff in the miniseries "Madoff" (ABC, 2016), a performance which earned him rave reviews. Dreyfuss could next be seen in two Netflix original films: the comedy "The Last Laugh" (2019) and the action thriller "Polar" (2019).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Polar (2019)
Bayou Caviar (2018)
Book Club (2018)
Spielberg (2017)
Asher (2017)
Cas & Dylan (2015)
Zipper (2015)
Very Good Girls (2013)
Killing Winston Jones (2013)
Squatters (2013)
Paranoia (2013)
Casting By (2013)
Shakespeare High (2011)
Himself
Red (2010)
Jaws: The Inside Story (2010)
Himself
Leaves of Grass (2010)
Piranha 3D (2010)
My Life in Ruins (2009)
The Lightkeepers (2009)
America Betrayed (2008)
W. (2008)
Suburban Girl (2007)
The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo (2007)
Poseidon (2006)
Coast to Coast (2004)
Silver City (2004)
Chuck Raven
The Day Reagan Was Shot (2002)
Alexander Haig
Who Is Cletis Tout? (2002)
Micah
In Search of Peace - Part One: 1948-1967 (2001)
Narrator
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (2001)
Antonio Bolivar
The Crew (2000)
FAIL SAFE (2000)
Lansky (1999)
Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (1998)
Night Falls on Manhattan (1997)
Oliver Twist (1997)
Fagin
Frank Capra's American Dream (1997)
Himself
Mad Dog Time (1996)
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Voice
Inside the Academy Awards '95 (1995)
Performer
The American President (1995)
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
The Last Word (1995)
Larry
Silent Fall (1994)
Jack Rainer
Lost in Yonkers (1993)
Another Stakeout (1993)
Prisoner of Honor (1991)
Once Around (1991)
What About Bob? (1991)
Postcards From The Edge (1990)
Doctor Frankenthal
Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
Player King
Always (1989)
Let It Ride (1989)
Moon Over Parador (1988)
Nuts (1987)
Stakeout (1987)
Tin Men (1987)
Stand by Me (1986)
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
The Buddy System (1984)
Lead Actor
Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
The Competition (1980)
Paul Dietrich
The Big Fix (1978)
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Inserts (1976)
Boy Wonder
Victory at Entebbe (1976)
Jaws (1975)
Matt Hooper
The Second Coming of Suzanne (1974)
Clavius
The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz (1974)
Duddy
American Graffiti (1973)
Two For the Money (1972)
Morris Gap
Hello Down There (1969)
Harold Webster
The Young Runaways (1968)
Terry

Producer (Feature Film)

The Lightkeepers (2009)
Executive Producer
The Forest (2005)
Producer
Oliver Twist (1997)
Co-Producer
Quiz Show (1994)
Executive Producer
Prisoner of Honor (1991)
Producer
Prisoner of Honor (1991)
Executive Producer
The Big Fix (1978)
Producer

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Apt Pupil (1998)
Special Thanks

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Shakespeare High (2011)
Other

Director (Special)

Present Tense, Past Perfect (1996)
Director

Cast (Special)

Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006)
The John Garfield Story (2003)
Featuring
From the Files of the Innocence Project: Marvin Anderson (2003)
Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington (2001)
Host
Lifetime Presents: Disney's American Teacher Awards (2001)
Performer
Totally Tube (2001)
Interviewee
Intimate Portrait: Holly Hunter (2000)
Little Richard: The E! True Hollywood Story (2000)
Interviewee
The Comedy Central Presents the New York Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner (2000)
Dawn of Man (2000)
Narrator
Hollywood, D.C.: A Tale of Two Cities (2000)
The Great American History Quiz (1999)
The AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars (1999)
Intimate Portrait: Marsha Mason (1999)
Narrator
To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th (1998)
Steven Spielberg: An Empire of Dreams (1998)
Lost at Sea: The Search For Longitude (1998)
Narrator
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (1998)
Narrator
Paparazzi (1998)
Interviewee
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998)
Performer
In the Wild: The Galapagos Islands With Richard Dreyfuss (1997)
Presenter
Henry Fonda: Hollywood's Quiet Hero (1997)
Beverly Hills High (1997)
Interviewee
4th Annual VH1 Honors (1997)
Presenter
Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady (1997)
Interviewee
Keeping America's Promise (1997)
Narrator
In the Wild: The Galapagos Islands With Richard Dreyfuss (1997)
Narration
The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996)
Presenter
The Universal Story (1996)
The Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Celebration (1996)
1996 Grammy Awards (1996)
Performer
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995)
Presenter
The 69th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1995)
The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg (1995)
Performer
The Walt Disney Company and McDonald's Present The American Teacher Awards (1995)
Presenter
The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1994)
Presenter
D-Day Remembered -- A Musical Tribute From the QE2 (1994)
The Papal Concert to Commemorate the Holocaust (1994)
Narrator
An American Reunion: The 52nd Presidential Inaugural Gala (1993)
58 Days (1992)
Lincoln (1992)
Voice
The 46th Annual Tony Awards (1992)
Presenter
Popular Culture: Rage, Rights and Responsibility (1992)
The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1989)
Performer
Superstars and Their Moms (1988)
The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1988)
Performer
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebration (1988)
Funny, You Don't Look 200 (1987)
The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1987)
Performer
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987)
The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1986)
Presenter
An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (1986)
Comic Relief (1986)
The Night of 100 Stars II (1985)
The Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration (1984)
Lily (1975)
Catch 22 (1973)

Writer (Special)

Present Tense, Past Perfect (1996)
From Story
Present Tense, Past Perfect (1996)
Story By
Funny, You Don't Look 200 (1987)
Writer

Producer (Special)

Funny, You Don't Look 200 (1987)
Producer

Special Thanks (Special)

Present Tense, Past Perfect (1996)
From Story
Present Tense, Past Perfect (1996)
Story By
Funny, You Don't Look 200 (1987)
Writer

Cast (Short)

The Amazing Miss Cummings An Actress at Work and Play (1975)
Himself

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Tin Man (2007)
Call of the Wild (1997)
Voice

Life Events

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..."

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

Narrated director Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me"

1986

Started as part of the fine ensemble of Paul Mazursky's "Down and Out in Beverly Hills"

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

Re-teamed with Hunter for Lasse Hallstrom's "Once Around"

1991

Executive produced Ken Russell's "Prisoner of Honor" (HBO), also co-starred as George Picquart

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

Acted opposite Christine Lahti in the Los Angeles stage production of "Three Hotels"

1995

Earned second Best Actor Academy Award nomination for "Mr. Holland's Opus"

1996

Directed the short film "Present Tense, Past Perfect" (Showtime)

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)

1997

Co-produced and starred as Fagin in the TV adaptation of "Oliver Twist" (ABC)

1997

Played a civil rights attorney based on William Kunstler for Sidney Lumet's "Night Falls on Manhattan"

1998

Re-teamed with Mason for the stage play "House," co-authored by Jon Robin Baitz and Terrence McNally

1998

Starred opposite Jenna Elfman in "Krippendorf's Tribe"

1999

Portrayed infamous Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky in HBO's "Lansky"; scripted by David Mamet and directed by John McNaughton

1999

Co-starred with Mason in the London stage production of Simon's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue"

2000

Cast as an aging gangster in the comedy "The Crew"

2001

Co-starred in "The Old Man Who Loved to Read Stories"

2001

Played U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig in Showtime drama "The Day Reagan Was Shot"

2001

Starred in the CBS TV drama "The Education of Max Bickford"

2004

Co-starred with Chris Cooper in John Sayles' political satire "Silver City"

2004

Returned to Broadway in "Sly Fox" opposite Elizabeth Berkley

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

2016

Played notorious Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff in miniseries "Madoff"

2019

Co-starred in Netflix comedy film "The Last Laugh"

2019

Appeared in the Netflix action thriller "Polar"

Photo Collections

The Goodbye Girl - Movie Posters
The Goodbye Girl - Movie Posters
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). This set is from the 1980 reissue (The Special Edition). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) - Can You Tell Me Where Cornbread Is? On the first night of blackouts sweeping across Indiana, lineman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) encounters director Steven Spielberg’s gimmick with the headlights, and a famous sequence from special effects expert Douglas Trumbull, in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, 1977.
Lost In Yonkers (1993) - What Color Are My Eyes? Mercedes Ruehl in the role expanded by Neil Simon for his screenplay from her Tony Award-winning Broadway part, in another disarming scene as learning-disabled not-quite-spinster Bella, in 1942 Yonkers, with her usher boyfriend Johnny (David Strathairn), Martha Coolidge directing, in Lost In Yonkers, 1993.
Goodbye Girl, The (1977) - You're So Young Paula (Marsha Mason) destroys evidence of boyfriend Tony upon learning he has sublet the apartment, and later is awakened, with daughter Lucy (Quinn Cummings), when Elliott (Richard Dreyfuss) arrives, early in The Goodbye Girl, 1977.
Goodbye Girl, The (1977) - Don't Give Me Bette Midler The first rehearsal of the Off-Broadway Richard III, director Mark (Paul Benedict) offering his unorthodox theory, Chicago actor Elliott (Richard Dreyfuss), cast in the lead, expressing concern, in Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl, 1977.
Goodbye Girl, The (1977) - Nothing From Kansas? Actor Elliott (Richard Dreyfuss) has bumped into unwilling new roommate Paula (Marsha Mason), whose apartment has been sublet to him, shopping in Manhattan, in The Goodbye Girl, 1977, original screenplay by Mason's then-husband Neil Simon.
Goodbye Girl, The (1977) - Am I Nervous? Paula (Marsha Mason) and Lucy (Quinn Cummings) are awakened by yoga, performed by actor Elliott (Richard Dreyfuss), on the first morning after they've agreed to share the apartment her boyfriend sublet to him, in Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl, 1977.
Stand By Me (1986) - Secret Knock Richard Dreyfuss (as "The Writer") appearing then narrating as Gordie (Wil Wheaton), Chris (River Phoenix), Teddy (Corey Feldman) and Vern (Jerry O'Connell) are introduced, opening Rob Reiner's Stand By Me, 1986.
Stand By Me (1986) - Pinky Swear Richard Dreyfuss narration as Gordie (Wil Wheaton) and Chris (River Phoenix) establish the gun and director Rob Reiner introduces Ace (Keifer Sutherland), early in Stand By Me, 1986, from a Stephen King novella.
Always (1989) - I Was Rusty On Panic Sort of a Maguffin opening, highly dramatic, from director Steven Spielberg, in the picture he said was inspired-by, rather than a remake-of A Guy Named Joe, 1944, introducing Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter, John Goodman supporting, in Always, 1989, co-starring Audrey Hepburn.
Always (1989) - Time Is Funny Stuff Firefighter pilot Pete (Richard Dreyfuss) doesn’t realized he’s just crashed his plane and died, but things are explained to him by “Hap” (Audrey Hepburn, her first appearance, having come out of retirement, for what would be her final film), in Steven Spielberg’s Always, 1989.
Competition, The (1980) - You Have No Time For Her Introduced separately in earlier scenes, relatively junior pianist Heidi (Amy Irving) greets Paul (Richard Dreyfuss), who’s entering one last competition before he gives it up to become a teacher, at an elite San Francisco event, in The Competition, 1980.
Competition, The (1980) - Like Any Virgin We already know the male lead (Richard Dreyfuss) will be joining the prestigious San Francisco piano competition as we meet Amy Irving (as pianist Heidi), with Lee Remick as her profane-ish instructor Greta, in The Competition, 1980.

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Family

Norman Dreyfus
Father
Attorney, businessman. Later became a restaurateur.
Gerry Dreyfus
Mother
Also a peace activist; acted in two movies with son, "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986, portraying his mother) and "Let It Ride" (1989); died on October 19, 2000 from complications of a stroke.
Emily Dreyfuss
Daughter
Born in November 1983; mother, Jeramie Dreyfuss.
Benjamin Dreyfuss
Son
Born in June 1986 with Peter's anomaly, an abnormality in which his cornea was fused with his iris leaving him permanently blind in one eye; mother, Jeramie Dreyfuss.
Harry Spencer Dreyfuss
Son
Born on August 9, 1990; mother, Jeramie Dreyfuss.

Companions

Jeramie Dreyfuss
Wife
TV writer-producer. Met at a party c. 1983; married on March 20, 1983; separated in 1992; divorced in 1995; born c. 1948; mother of his three children; suffered a flare up of systemic lupus erythematosus after birth of first child Emily; originally diagnosed at 29 after having had recurring attacks for years.
Laura Cayouette
Companion
Actor. Together from c. 1993 to 1996; born c. 1964; daughter of NSA deputy director William Crowell.
Janelle Lacey
Wife
Accountant. Announced engagement in May 1998; married on May 30, 1999.

Bibliography

"The Two Georges"
Richard Dreyfuss and Harry Turtledove (1996)

Notes

Dreyfuss is a charter member of the Los Angeles Classic Theatre Works group.

His producing partnership with Judith Rutherford James, Dreyfuss/James Productions, has shared producing responsibilities on "Once Around" (1991, in which Dreyfus starred), Robert Redford's "Quiz Show" (1994), the TNT movie "Kissinger and Nixon" (1995) and "Krippindorf's Tribe" (1998, in which he also starred), among other projects.

"I have no memory of not wanting to be an actor." --Richard Dreyfuss ("Earl Blackwell's Entertainment Celebrity Register)

"I didn't anticipate the guilt and the fear of success. I didn't anticipate the down side of success at all . . . I started to resist the position I was in by drinking a lot, doing drugs, eating too much, being childish, denigrating my talent." --Dreyfuss in Esquire, October 10, 1978.

Arrested for illegal possession of cocaine and Percodan after surviving a 1982 car accident, Dreyfuss underwent a court-ordered rehabilitation in lieu of a trial.

"I got into films to be Spencer Tracy and Edward G. Robinson and Paul Muni. I knew I wasn't Errol Flynn. I also knew I didn't have to be." --Richard Dreyfuss to Empire, June 1996.

"I'm 50 and stale. What's the big surprise? I've been performing for 41 years and famous for 25 of them. I know my life has been pretty blessed, and part of my Jewish guilt can't accept that."But in the worst moments of my darkest hours, I've never devalued the work I've done. I've always been proud of the aggregate body. And now I've gotta figure out where I want it to lead." --Richard Dreyfuss in New York Post, February 23, 1998.