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Richard Dreyfuss Features

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Did You Know?

... that Richard Dreyfuss held the record as youngest actor to win a Best Actor Academy Award until 2003. Richard was 30 years and 156 days old when he won for his performance in the romantic comedy The Goodbye Girl. In 2003 Adrian Brody won for The Pianist. He was 29 years and 343 days old.

...that Richard Dreyfuss starred in two of the highest grossing movies of the seventies: Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Don't forget to visit our Tribute to Jaws and our Tribute to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

...that as a child, Richard Dreyfuss was friends and neighbors with actor/director Rob Reiner. When they were both adults and successful entertainment personalities in their respective careers they would work together on Stand By Me and The American President (pictured here.)

... that Richard Dreyfuss tried his hand at television with a dramatic series that ran for one season in 2001. The show was called The Education of Max Bickford and was about a widowed professor struggling with raising his children alone in the second half of his life.

... that Richard Dreyfuss made his big screen debut in a concerned on-looker role in The Graduate. You can see him here in this picture in the hallway behind Norman Fell.

... that Richard Dreyfuss shares his struggles with bipolar disorder in a BBC documentary.

... that Richard Dreyfuss is very interested in politics and public policy. Here he is on Bill Maher:

... that Richard Dreyfuss is the coauthor of a book The Two Georges. A thriller set in colonial America as it would be if there had been no Revolutionary War.

... That the part of the dedicated band director that Richard Dreyfuss played in the movie Mr. Holland's Opus inspired a foundation. "The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation (MHOF) was inspired by the acclaimed motion picture Mr. Holland's Opus, the story of the profound effect a dedicated music teacher had on generations of students. The film's composer, Michael Kamen, founded MHOF in 1996 as his commitment to the future of music education." This year William H. Macy presented the awards to the music teachers around the country who best emulate Mr. Holland. They receive a $10,000 prize.

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Oliver Twist

Elliot ( The Goodbye Girl ):

"I play the guitar whenever I cannot sleep, and I meditate every morning, complete with chanting and burning incense, so if you have to walk around, I'd appreciate a little tiptoeing. Also, I sleep in the nude. "Au buffo" winter and summer, rain or snow, with the windows open, and because I may have to go to the potty or to the fridge in the middle of the night and because I do not want to put on jammies, which I do not own in the first place, unless you're looking for a quick thrill or your daughter an advanced education, I'd keep my door closed."

Richard Dreyfuss starred in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. First is Sighting, Third is Contact. What is a close encounter of the Second Kind?