- NAME: Richard Dreyfuss
- OCCUPATION: Actor
- BIRTH DATE: October 29, 1947 (Age: 65)
- EDUCATION: Beverly Hills High School, San Fernando Valley State College (California State University, Northridge)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Brooklyn, New York
- Originally: Richard Stephen Dreyfus
- Full Name: Richard Stephen Dreyfuss
- AKA: Richard Dreyfuss
- ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
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Richard Dreyfuss is an American actor known for his roles in Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, American Graffiti and The Goodbye Girl.
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Holland's Opus, but his film career began to fade. He turned to television, and in 2001 he produced and acted in a TV series, The Education of Max Bickford. Although it was well-received by critics, the show only aired for one season.
about the life of George W. Bush, and appeared on the TV shows Weeds and Parenthood. While continuing to act, Dreyfuss has also become politically active and spends his time championing individual rights. He appeared in a 2007 documentary on youth voting, 18 in '08, and encourages teaching American history to children in elementary school.
Dreyfuss lives with bipolar disorder, a fact he discusses in the documentary Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. He has been married three times, and has three children with his first wife, Jeramie Rain. His second marriage to Janelle Lacy lasted six years, and in 2006 he married Svetlana Erokhin. He resides in San Diego, California.
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Some of the most inspirational films in history are those about an educator's lasting impact on his or her students. For instance, in To Sir, with Love, Sidney Poitier stars as a newly hired London school teacher; Mr. Holland's Opus, starring Richard Dreyfuss, tells the story of an impassioned high school music teacher; Michelle Pfeiffer plays a marine turned educator of an inner-city school in Dangerous Minds; in Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams plays a motivational English professor; and Hilary Swank garnered fame for her role as a compassionate educator in Freedom Writers. For more on famous educators of the big-screen, visit Biography.com's group of Famous Movie Teachers.
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