Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss

  • Highest Rated: 100% Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release (2017)
  • Lowest Rated: 7% Paranoia (2013)
  • Birthday: Oct 29, 1947
  • 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

59% Astronaut Angus 2019
22% Daughter of the Wolf Father 2019
20% Polar Porter 2019
53% The Last Laugh Buddy Green 2019
46% Asher Avi 2018
20% Bayou Caviar Yuri 2018
54% Book Club George 2018
100% Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release Roy Neary $3.1M 2017
20% 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
7% Paranoia Frank Cassidy $5.4M 2013
71% Red Alexander Dunning $89M 2010
74% Piranha 3-D Matt $25M 2010
61% Leaves of Grass Pug Rothbaum $68.5K 2010
20% The Lightkeepers Seth Atkins/Bascom Executive Producer 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
58% W. Dick Cheney $25.6M 2008
No Score Yet Shark Week - Ocean Of Fear Actor 2008
No Score Yet Rona Barrett's Hollywood: Nothing but the Truth 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 $60.7M 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
60% 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: Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude Narrator 1998
40% Lansky Meyer Lansky (age 40-70) 1998
16% 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
56% Addicted to Love astronomer 1997
68% Night Falls on Manhattan Sam Vigoda 1997
17% Mad Dog Time Vic 1996
91% James and the Giant Peach Centipede 1996
No Score Yet The Universal Story Narrator 1996
75% Mr. Holland's Opus Glenn Holland 1995
No Score Yet The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws' Actor 1995
91% The American President Sen. Robert Rumson 1995
No Score Yet The Last Word Larry 1995
22% Silent Fall Jake Rainer 1994
96% Quiz Show Executive Producer 1994
13% Another Stakeout Chris Lecce 1993
71% Lost in Yonkers Uncle Louie 1993
58% Indian Summer Actor 1993
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863 William T. Sherman 1992
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 Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War, Vol. 1 Actor 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864 William T. Sherman 1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Actor 1992
No Score Yet Prisoner of Honor Colonel Ploquart Producer 1991
62% Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead The Player 1991
84% What About Bob? Dr. Leo Marvin 1991
No Score Yet Remember Pearl Harbor Actor 1991
70% Once Around Sam Sharp 1990
84% Postcards from the Edge Dr. Frankenthal 1990
67% Always Pete Sandich 1989
30% Let It Ride Jay Trotter 1989
42% Moon over Parador Jack Noah 1988
35% Nuts Aaron Levinsky 1987
88% Stakeout Chris Lecce 1987
81% Tin Men Actor 1987
No Score Yet Legends - Live at Montreux 1997 Bill 'BB' Babowsky 1987
91% Stand by Me The Writer 1986
81% Down and Out in Beverly Hills Dave Whiteman 1986
No Score Yet The Buddy System Joe 1983
75% Whose Life Is It Anyway? Ken Harrison 1981
71% The Competition Paul Dietrich 1980
No Score Yet Coast to Coast Barnaby Pierce 1980
No Score Yet Suzanne Actor 1980
86% The Big Fix Moses Wine Producer 1978
83% The Goodbye Girl Elliott Garfield 1977
95% Close Encounters of the Third Kind Roy Neary 1977
No Score Yet Victory at Entebbe Col. Netanyahu 1976
98% Jaws Matt Hooper 1975
78% Inserts Boy Wonder 1975
100% The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Duddy 1974
No Score Yet The Second Coming of Suzanne Clavius 1974
96% 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
88% The Graduate Berkeley Student 1967
35% Valley of the Dolls Actor 1967
No Score Yet Signs of the Time Actor

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

0% Hit the Road
2017
James
  • 2017
84% Shots Fired
2017
Arlen Cox
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2016
68% Madoff
2016
Bernie Madoff
  • 2016
No Score Yet 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
48% Coma
2012
  • 2012
88% Parenthood
2010-2015
Gilliam T. Blount
  • 2011
70% Weeds
2005-2012
Warren Mr. Schiff Warren Schiff
  • 2010
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2000
No Score Yet Tin Man
2007
Mystic Man
  • 2007
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
Guest Host
  • 1978
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Gershon
  • 1973
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Rodney
  • 1966
33% American Chronicles
1990
Narrator

QUOTES FROM Richard Dreyfuss CHARACTERS

Siggy Marvin
What if it starts up again?
Dr. Leo Marvin
He can borrow my slicker!
Jay Trotter
God likes me! He really, really likes me!
Centipede
Holy shipwreck!!!!!
Bobby Bartellemeo
Constantly surrounded by beautiful girls, with a prostate the size of a vidalya onion, it was like waving candy corn in front of a diabetic.
Richard Nelson
Hi, I'm Nelson.
Richard Nelson
Thank you, gorgeous!
Valentin
My name is Valentin.
Richard Nelson
I love that name.
Chris Lecce
It's a family custom
Chris Lecce
It's a family custom.
Sam Sharpe
Dogs can't make their dreams come true, so people have to.
Matt Hooper
[voice imitating W. C. Fields] I don't have to take this abuse much longer!
Matt Hooper
I don't have to take this abuse much longer!
Matt Hooper
Well, this is not a boat accident! And it wasn't any propeller; and it wasn't any coral reef; and it wasn't Jack the Ripper! It was a shark.
Matt Hooper
I'm not going to waste my time arguing with a man who's lining up to be a hot lunch.
Roy Neary
You can't fool us by agreeing with us.
Boy Wonder
Nothing pure is ever simple.
Glenn Holland
I'm talking to you boy! What's the matter? You deaf or something?
Matt Hooper
(After light on Orca goes out) He ate the light!
Matt Hooper
He ate the light!
Chief Martin Brody
Terrific!
Matt Hooper
Show me the way to go home... I'm tired and I wanna go to bed. I 'ad a little drink about an hour ago and it's got right to my 'ead. Wherever I may roam. By land or sea or phone. You can always hear me singin this song... show me the way to go home... bom bom bom
Matt Hooper
"Well, this is not a boat accident! And it wasn't any propeller, and it wasn't any coral reef, and it wasn't Jack the Ripper! It was a shark!"
Matt Hooper
Well, this is not a boat accident! And it wasn't any propeller, and it wasn't any coral reef, and it wasn't Jack the Ripper! It was a shark!
Dr. Leo Marvin
[just as Bob and Lily get pronounced "Man and Wife"] NO!
Dr. Leo Marvin
[just as Bob and Lily get pronounced 'Man and Wife'] NO!
Dr. Leo Marvin
[after he finds out the mental institution staff like Bob] I can't believe that I'm hearing this!
Dr. Tomsky
Relax, Leo.
Dr. Leo Marvin
[obviously not relaxed] I'm relaxed!
Dr. Tomsky
Take a vacation.
Dr. Leo Marvin
[losing it] I'M ON VACATION!
Dr. Tomsky
[concerned] ...Maybe you should check in here for a few days. Get a handle on things.
Dr. Leo Marvin
You think he's gone? He's not gone. That's the whole point! He's never gone! [he opens the door and there's Bob]
Bob Wiley
Is this some radical new therapy?
Dr. Leo Marvin
YOU SEE?!
Dr. Leo Marvin
[seeing Bob put his arm around Lily] DON'T TOUCH MY SISTER!
The Writer
The train had knocked Ray Brower out of his Keds the same way it had knocked the life out of his body.
The Writer
[referring to Chris] Although I hadn't seen him in more than ten years, I know I'll miss him forever.
The Writer
We all knew what Vern meant right away. At the beginning of the school year, Vern had buried a quart jar of pennies underneath his house. He drew a treasure map so he could find them again. A week later, his mom cleaned out his room and threw away the map. Vern had been trying to find those pennies for nine months. Nine months, man. You didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
The Writer
Vern didn't just mean being off limits inside the junkyard, or fudging on our folks, or going on a hike up the railroad to Harlow. He meant those things, but it seems to me now it was more and that we all knew it. Everything was there and around us. We knew exactly who we were and exactly where we were going. It was grand.
The Writer
It was weird to me how, then, Teddy could care so much about his father, who practically tried to kill him. And I couldn't give a shit about my old man, and he hadn't laid a hand on me since I was three And that was for eating the bleach under the sink.
Grasshopper
What's your latitude? What's your longitude?
Centipede
Hey, hey, hey! That question's personal, bud!
Elliott Garfield
I happen to have a lease in my pocket. Are you gonna honor it or what?
Paula McFadden
I have a daughter in my bedroom. That tops the lease in your pocket.
Paula McFadden
What happened to your eye?
Elliott Garfield
I used it to stop a fist from going through my face.
Earthworm
You said you've been to Bora-Bora.
Centipede
Well not Bora-Bora per se.
Spider
What about the shores of Tripoli?
Centipede
Did I say Tripoli? I meant the Halls of of Montezuma.
Roy Neary
[contemplating the lump shape] This means something. This is important.
Brad Neary
I don't understand these fractions.
Roy Neary
What's one third of sixty?
Brad Neary
[bewildered] That's a fraction, I don't understand them.
Roy Neary
[using a model train as an object lesson] Alright, let's say that this boxcar is sixty feet long, OK?, and one third of it is across this switch here, alright... And now another train is coming... Now, how far do you have to move this boxcar so that the other train doesn't smash it? Quickly Brad, there are thousands of lives at stake... Brad any answer... [CRASH]
Centipede
I sailed all the five seas, from the sunlit beaches of Bora-Bora, to the icy shores of Tripoli! Commander Centipede, they used to call me!
Grasshopper
Seven.
Centipede
Huh?
Grasshopper
There are SEVEN seas, and Tripoli is in the subtropics, commander.
Dr. Leo Marvin
On Tuesday we'll eat Gill, on Wednesday we'll eat Bob. No ... no, that's going too far. More fish anyone?
Elliott Garfield
[Lamenting yet another bad review of his performance in the play] Channel 5 was honest. Direct and honest: 'Richard the III stunk. And Elliot Garfield was the stinkee.'
Elliott Garfield
[lamenting yet another bad review of his performance in the play] Channel 5 was honest. Direct and honest: 'Richard the III stunk. And Elliot Garfield was the stinkee.'
Elliott Garfield
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.
Elliott Garfield
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.
Paula McFadden
I thought you said you were decent.
Elliott Garfield
I am decent. I also happen to be naked.
Dr. Leo Marvin
I want some peace and quiet!
Bob Wiley
I'll be quiet.
Siggy Marvin
I'll be peace!
Chief Martin Brody
i used to hate the water.
Chief Martin Brody
I used to hate the water.
Matt Hooper
i cant imagine why.
Matt Hooper
I cant imagine why.
Matt Hooper
You were on the Indianapolis?
Chief Martin Brody
What happened?
Quint
Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte... just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that when you're in the water, Chief? You tell by looking from the dorsal to the tail fin. What we didn't know, was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin', so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named "The Battle of Waterloo" and the idea was: shark comes to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the shark will go away... but sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they... rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday morning, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boatswain's mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up, down in the water just like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he'd been bitten in half below the waist. Noon, the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us. He swung in low and he saw us... he was a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper. Anyway, he saw us and he come in low and three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and starts to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened... waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.
Matt Hooper
YOU GOT ANY BETTER SUGGESTIONS?
Matt Hooper
I'm not going to waste my time arguing with a man who's lining up to be a hot lunch.
Matt Hooper
They're all gonna die.
Matt Hooper
This was not a boat accident!
Matt Hooper
Is anyone eating this?
Matt Hooper
Wanna Pretzel?
Matt Hooper
[In shock to the shark's abilities] Ever had one do this before?
Matt Hooper
[in shock to the shark's abilities] Ever had one do this before?
Quint
[Also in shock] No...
Matt Hooper
"The tide is with us today."(after the death of the shark and as they are paddling to shore)
Matt Hooper
The tide is with us today. [after the death of the shark and as they are paddling to shore]
Chief Martin Brody
"I never liked the water"
Chief Martin Brody
I never liked the water.
Matt Hooper
"I can't imagine why." (last line in the movie)
Matt Hooper
I can't imagine why. [last line in the movie]
Matt Hooper
Doctor, I can't come to Brisbane when I've a Great White shark problem!
Mayor Larry Vaughn
I don't think either one of you are familiar with our problems!
Matt Hooper
I'm familiar with the fact that you are going to ignore this particular problem until it swims up and bites you in the ass!
Matt Hooper
Mr. Vaughan, what we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, an eating machine. It's really a miracle of evolution. All this machine does is swim and eat and make little sharks and that's all.
The Writer
Vern didn't just mean being off limits inside the junkyard, or fudging on our folks, or going on a hike up the railroad to Harlow. He meant those things, but it seems to me now it was more and that we all knew it. Everything was there and around us. We knew exactly who we were and exactly where we were going. It was grand.
Curt Henderson
I'm telling you this was the most perfect, dazzling creature I've ever seen!
Steve Bolander
She's gone. Forget it.
Curt Henderson
She spoke to me, she spoke to me right through the window. I think she said I love you...That means nothing to you people?...You have no romance, no soul?...Someone wants me. Someone roaming the streets wants me...Will you turn the corner?
Curt Henderson
She spoke to me, she spoke to me right through the window. I think she said I love you. That means nothing to you people? You have no romance, no soul? Someone wants me. Someone roaming the streets wants me. Will you turn the corner?
Roy Neary
Who are you people?
Matt
" He took my Penis!"
Matt
They took my penis.
The Writer
I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?
The Writer
[typing on computer] I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?
Matt Hooper
This was no boat accident.
Matt Hooper
[to the m.e. and Brody] This was no boat accident!
Roy Neary
I guess you've noticed something a little strange with Dad. It's okay, though. I'm still Dad.
Roy Neary
I guess you've noticed something a little strange with Dad. It's okay though. I'm still Dad.
The Writer
I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?
The Writer
I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being.
Antonio Bolivar
"Ke-knock, then en-ter"
Antonio Bolivar
"Looks like a gondola"
Antonio Bolivar
"Ar-dent-ly"
Antonio Bolivar
"Sar-din-es"
Antonio Bolivar
"It was a kiss of impassionate intensity. A kiss to remember their lives by"