Richard Stephen Dreyfuss is a renowned American film, TV and Theater actor, known for his roles in movies like “Jaws”, “The Goodbye Girl”, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “James and the Giant Peach”, “Poseidon”, “What About Bob?” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus”. He was born on 29th October, 1947 in New York, United States of America and started his career in 1966.

Early Career

Famous Hollywood actor Richard Dreyfuss started his movie career in 1966 from Television, playing the role of Rodney in one episode of TV series titled “Bewitched”. The first major movie appearances of Richard Dreyfuss came in 1967, in the movie titled “The Big Valley”. In 1968, he appeared in “The Young Runaways”, followed by a role in the movie titled “Hello Down There”. The first major breakthrough performance came in the movie titled “American Graffiti”, which won Richard Dreyfuss critical acclaim. Following the success of “American Graffiti”, he appeared in back to back leading roles in movies including The “Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz”, “Inserts” and “The Second Coming of Suzanne”, all released in 1974. In 1975, he landed a role in blockbuster movie “Jaws”, which won him increased fame. In 1977, he appeared in “The Goodbye Girl”, which turned out to be a huge success and won him several awards.

Career Highlights

Richard Dreyfuss won Golden Globe nomination for his role in “American Graffiti” in 1973. In 1975, his role of Matt Hooper in “Jaws”, won him BAFTA Award nomination in the category for best actor. In 1977, he won Saturn Award nomination for best actor for the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. In 1977, he won his maiden Academy Award nomination for best actor for the movie “The Goodbye Girl”, along with BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards.

10 Best Films of Richard Dreyfuss

  • American Graffiti
  • Jaws
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • The Goodbye Girl
  • Nuts
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus
  • The Old Man Who Read Love Stories
  • The Education of Max Bickford
  • The Day Reagan Was Shot
  • Astronaut

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