Born on October 29, 1947
From Brooklyn, New York
Richard Dreyfuss as "Glenn Holland"
Composer Glenn Holland (Richard Dreyfuss) believes that he'll eventually write a transcendent piece of music, but in the meantime he's taken a job at an Oregon high school. Though at first the job frustrates him, and his unconventional methods often draw the ire of the straight-laced vice principal (W.H. Macy), Mr. Holland grows to love his students as the "temporary" position stretches into a decades-long career -- and in the end, they reveal just how much they love him back.
|Academy Award (1995)||Nominated||Actor in a Leading Role|
|Golden Globe (1995)||Nominated||Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama|
Richard Dreyfuss as "Aaron Levinsky"
Charged with killing a client, call girl Claudia Draper (Barbra Streisand) is awaiting her trial. While Claudia's parents seek to have her declared insane so that she can avoid a likely guilty verdict and serve time for manslaughter, she rejects this approach because she doesn't want to be put in a mental institution. Lawyer Aaron Levinsky (Richard Dreyfuss) reluctantly takes on Claudia's case and tries to prove that she's not crazy, but the volatile prostitute doesn't make his task easy.
|Golden Globe (1987)||Nominated||Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture|
Richard Dreyfuss as "Elliot Garfield"
Former Broadway hoofer Paula McFadden (Marsha Mason) and her young daughter, Lucy (Quinn Cummings), are outraged to find that Paula's former lover has fled to Europe and subleased their apartment to hyper Chicago actor Elliot Garfield (Richard Dreyfuss). Neither Marsha nor Elliot is prepared to acknowledge the other's right to the apartment, but they reluctantly agree to share it. Despite their opposite natures and constant bickering, when Elliot's play fails, Marsha is surprisingly affected.
|British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1978)||Won||Actor|
|Academy Award (1977)||Won||Actor in a Leading Role|
|Golden Globe (1977)||Won||Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical|
Richard Dreyfuss as "Matt Hooper"
When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.
|British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)||Nominated||Actor|
Richard Dreyfuss as "Curt Henderson"
On the last day of summer vacation in 1962, friends Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), Steve (Ronny Howard), Terry (Charles Martin Smith) and John (Paul Le Mat) cruise the streets of small-town California while a mysterious disc jockey (Wolfman Jack) spins classic rock'n'roll tunes. It's the last night before their grown-up lives begin, and Steve's high-school sweetheart, a hot-to-trot blonde, a bratty adolescent and a disappearing angel in a Thunderbird provide all the excitement they can handle.
|Golden Globe (1973)||Nominated||Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical|