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Richard Dreyfuss

Highest Rated:   100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls (2003)
Lowest Rated:   6% Paranoia (2013)
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Birthplace:   Brooklyn, New York, USA
Stocky, frequently bespectacled, eventually balding, and prematurely gray, Richard Dreyfuss is an unlikely candidate for a movie star. Even so, he has been one of Hollywood's most versatile, charismatic, and energetic leading men since the mid-'70s. Born in Brooklyn, NY, on October 29, 1947, Dreyfuss moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was nine. There he became friends with Rob Reiner and began acting in school productions and at the Beverly Hills Jewish Community Center. He attended San Fernando Valley State College, but was expelled after getting into a heated argument with a professor over Marlon Brando's performance in Julius Caesar (1953). Not wanting to be drafted for Vietnam, he registered as a conscientious objector and spent two years as a clerk at a Los Angeles hospital instead of enlisting. During this time, Dreyfuss started getting a few acting jobs on network television series such as Bewitched and Big Valley; he had his first film role in 1967's The Graduate, speaking the lines "Shall I call the cops? I'll call the cops" to Dustin Hoffman. He continued playing bit parts in a couple more films, but did not get his first big break until he played Baby Face Nelson in the bloody biopic Dillinger (1973). A memorable leading role as an intelligent, contemplative teen in George Lucas' American Graffiti (1973) earned Dreyfuss critical acclaim, as did his portrayal of an entrepreneurial Jewish youth in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974). In 1975, the actor's career exploded when he starred as an arrogant shark expert in Steven Spielberg's Jaws. He worked for Spielberg again two years later, playing an average Midwestern working stiff who learns that we are not alone in the universe in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Further success followed that same year when Dreyfuss portrayed a failed actor in Neil Simon's romantic comedy The Goodbye Girl. His performance won him an Oscar, making him, at the age of 29, the youngest performer ever to receive the Best Actor honor. After that, Dreyfuss was in demand and, until 1981, he continued to find steady work in a number of films. However, none of these proved particularly popular, and the actor's career began to nosedive. Matters were worsened by his reported drug use and Hollywood party antics; in 1982, he was involved in a car accident and arrested for possession of cocaine. Fortunately, Dreyfuss managed to turn his life around, and after appearing in the rarely seen Buddy System (1984), made a big comeback in Paul Mazursky's hit comedy Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), starring opposite Bette Midler and Nick Nolte. With his reputation restored, Dreyfuss went on to appear in lead and supporting roles in numerous films of varying quality. Highlights included Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990), Postcards From the Edge (1990), What About Bob? (1991), and Quiz Show (1994). In 1996, Dreyfuss played one of his finest roles as a high school music teacher who sacrifices his dream of becoming a famous composer to help his students in Mr. Holland's Opus (1996). The role earned Dreyfuss an Oscar nomination. That same year, he won acclaim of a different sort, lending his voice to a sarcastic centipede in Tim Burton's animated adaptation of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. He went on to appear in Sidney Lumet's Night Falls on Manhattan (1997) and to star in Krippendorf's Tribe in 1998. The following year, he could be seen as titular Jewish gangster Lansky, a made-for-TV biopic scripted by David Mamet.In 2001, with his film career struggling a bit, Dreyfuss took his first stab at series television since 1964's short-lived sitcom Karen. The hour-long CBS drama The Education of Max Bickford starred the actor as a college history professor opposite Marcia Gay Harden and received largely positive reviews from critics. However, despite the accolades, the show failed to garner a substantial audience and was cancelled after one season.The following years woul

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
17% Zipper
  • George Hiller
2015
31% Cas & Dylan
  • Dr. Cas Pepper
2015
19% Very Good Girls
  • Danny Field
2014
No Score Yet Squatters
  • David Silverman
2014
6% Paranoia
  • Frank Cassidy
$5.4M 2013
71% Red
  • Alexander Dunning
$89M 2010
73% Piranha 3-D
  • Matt
$24.9M 2010
61% Leaves of Grass
  • Pug Rothbaum
$68.5k 2010
No Score Yet The Lightkeepers
  • Executive Producer
  • Seth Atkins/Bascom
2010
No Score Yet Light Keepers
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Jaws: The Inside Story
  • Actor
2010
9% My Life in Ruins
  • Irv
$8.5M 2009
No Score Yet America Betrayed
  • Narrator
2009
59% W.
  • Dick Cheney
$25.6M 2008
No Score Yet Rona Barrett's Hollywood: Nothing but the Truth
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Shark Week - Ocean Of Fear
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet A Wayfarer's Journey: Listening to Mahler
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters
  • Actor
2006
33% Poseidon
  • Richard Nelson
$60.6M 2006
No Score Yet Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady
  • Actor
2006
48% Silver City
  • Chuck Raven
$0.9M 2004
No Score Yet Citizen Stan
  • Narrator
2004
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls
  • Actor
2003
73% Johnstown Flood
  • Narrator
2003
No Score Yet Teddy Roosevelt
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Teddy Roosevelt - An American Lion
  • Actor
2003
23% Who Is Cletis Tout?
  • Micah
$65.4k 2002
No Score Yet The Day Reagan Was Shot
  • Alexander Haig
2001
No Score Yet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys
  • Scoop the Snowman
2001
No Score Yet The Old Man Who Read Love Stories
  • Antonio Bolivar
2001
No Score Yet In Search of Peace Part One: 1948-1967
  • Yitzhak Rabin
2001
20% The Crew
  • Bobby Bartellemeo
$12.5M 2000
100% Fail Safe
  • The President
2000
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Narrator
1998
No Score Yet Lansky
  • Meyer Lansky (age 40-70)
1998
14% Krippendorf's Tribe
  • James Krippendorf
1998
No Score Yet Oliver Twist
  • Fagin
  • Producer
1997
No Score Yet Jack London's 'The Call of the Wild'
  • Narrator
1997
57% Addicted to Love
  • astronomer
1997
68% Night Falls on Manhattan
  • Sam Vigoda
1997
17% Mad Dog Time
  • Vic
1996
93% James and the Giant Peach
  • Centipede
1996
No Score Yet The Universal Story
  • Narrator
1996
74% Mr. Holland's Opus
  • Glenn Holland
1995
No Score Yet The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws'
  • Actor
1995
90% The American President
  • Sen. Robert Rumson
1995
No Score Yet The Last Word
  • Larry
1995
24% Silent Fall
  • Jake Rainer
1994
96% Quiz Show
  • Executive Producer
1994
14% Another Stakeout
  • Chris Lecce
1993
71% Lost in Yonkers
  • Uncle Louie
1993
65% Indian Summer
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862
  • William T. Sherman
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865
  • William T. Sherman
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864
  • William T. Sherman
1992
No Score Yet Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War, Vol. 1
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863
  • William T. Sherman
1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Prisoner of Honor
  • Colonel Ploquart
  • Producer
1991
64% Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • The Player
1991
83% What About Bob?
  • Dr. Leo Marvin
1991
No Score Yet Remember Pearl Harbor
  • Actor
1991
68% Once Around
  • Sam Sharp
1990
90% Postcards from the Edge
  • Dr. Frankenthal
1990
65% Always
  • Pete Sandich
1989
30% Let It Ride
  • Jay Trotter
1989
42% Moon over Parador
  • Jack Noah
1988
38% Nuts
  • Aaron Levinsky
1987
87% Stakeout
  • Chris Lecce
1987
79% Tin Men
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Legends - Live at Montreux 1997
  • Bill 'BB' Babowsky
1987
91% Stand by Me
  • The Writer
1986
84% Down and Out in Beverly Hills
  • Dave Whiteman
1986
No Score Yet The Buddy System
  • Joe
1983
80% Whose Life Is It Anyway?
  • Ken Harrison
1981
100% The Competition
  • Paul Dietrich
1980
No Score Yet Coast to Coast
  • Barnaby Pierce
1980
No Score Yet Suzanne
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet The Big Fix
  • Moses Wine
  • Producer
1978
88% The Goodbye Girl
  • Elliott Garfield
1977
96% Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Roy Neary
1977
No Score Yet Victory at Entebbe
  • Col. Netanyahu
1976
97% Jaws
  • Matt Hooper
1975
86% Inserts
  • Boy Wonder
1975
100% The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
  • Duddy
1974
No Score Yet The Second Coming of Suzanne
  • Clavius
1974
95% American Graffiti
  • Curt
1973
92% Dillinger
  • Baby Face Nelson
1973
No Score Yet The Shadow of a Gunman
  • Tommy Owen
1972
No Score Yet Call of the Wild
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Hello Down There
  • Harold Webster
1969
91% The Graduate
  • Berkeley Student
1967
31% Valley of the Dolls
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Signs of the Time
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
84% Shots Fired
2017
  • Arlen Cox
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
68% Madoff
2016
  • Bernie Madoff
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Your Family or Mine
2015
  • Ricky Louis
  • 2015
50% Coma
2012
  • Actor
  • 2012
90% Parenthood
2010-2015
  • Gilliam T. Blount
  • 2011
77% Weeds
2005-2012
  • Warren Mr. Schiff Warren Schiff
  • 2010
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
  • 2006
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Voice
  • 1998
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1978

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