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Richard Dreyfuss Biography

Birth Name:
Richard Stephen Dreyfus
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Profession
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • Was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War; performed his alternative service at Los Angeles County General Hospital
  • Began his acting career with appearances on 1960s sitcoms like Karen and Bewitched
  • In 1978, the 30-year-old actor was the youngest person to win a Best Actor Oscar, for The Goodbye Girl
  • That record held until 29-year-old Adrien Brody won for The Pianist in 2003
  • Made his directorial debut with a 1994 production of Hamlet for England's Birmingham Theatre Company
  • Has said he patterns his work after Spencer Tracy, Edward G
  • Robinson and Paul Muni
  • A political and social activist, he is active in the American Civil Liberties Union, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a board member of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

Awards

  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1995Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1988Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1979BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 1978Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1977Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1977Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 1976BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 1974Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated

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