Richard Dreyfuss:

Dreyfuss' acting career began at age nine at the Beverly Hills Jewish 
Center.  He debuted in the L. A. TV production, In Mama's House when he 
was fifteen.  He attended the San Fernando Valley State College for a 
year and worked for two years as a clerk in an L. A. hospital.  He 
also acted some small TV series roles including PEYTON PLACE and
THE BIG VALLEY.  During the late 60s and early 70s, He also did Broadway, 
off-Broadway, repertory, and improv theatre. 

Dreyfuss' first film role was a bit part in The Graduate, in which he 
only had one line, "Shall I call the cops, I'll call the cops."  He 
made an impression in Dillinger, and landed a role in the 1973 hit, 
American Graffitti with other future stars, Harrison Ford and Ron Howard.  
His first lead role was in the Canadian film The Apprenticeship Of Duddy 
Kravitz.  He went on to star in the huge box office hit, Jaws and then 
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.  He portrayed a struggling actor in 
The Goodbye Girl for which he won an Oscar, becoming the youngest actor 
to ever win the Best Actor Award. 

Between 1978 and 1982, he acted as in The Big Fix, The Competition, 
Whose Life Is It Anyways, and The Buddy System, but none did 
particularly well at the box office.  

He made a come back in Hollywood in the film Down And Out In Beverly 
Hills, proving that he was still one of Hollywood's most accomplished 
actors.  He went on to star in Stakeout, Tin Men, Always, Once Around, 
What About Bob and Silent Fall. 

His most recent movies include Mr. Holland's Opus, for which he was 
nominated for a second Academy Award, and Krippendorf's Tribe.  He is 
married to L. A. accountant, Janelle Lacy, and has three children by his 
first wife, Jeramie Rain.  He performed in the play House in Long Island 
last summer, and his most recent role on stage was a part in the Neil 
Simon play, Prisoner Of Second Avenue opposite Marsha Mason.  He is 
currently undertaking some new roles on screen, including the comedy, 
The Crew.