Dramatic Dreyfuss

Oct 28, 2013, 23:06 IST | The Centrestage Team

Richard Dreyfuss, best known for his work in films like Jaws, American Graffiti and more recently, Oliver Stone's W. turns 66 today.

CS shares some trivia about this talented performer:

Richard Dreyfuss

>> Richard’s first film part was a small role in The Graduate. The actor’s name did not appear in the credits of the film.

>> In 1978, he won the Oscar for the Best Actor at the 50th Academy Awards for his act of a struggling actor in The Goodbye Girl. A 30-year-old Richard became the youngest actor to win the award. He held the record for 25 years.

>> He started using cocaine in 1978 and his addiction was at its peak in 1982 when he had a car accident. Richard checked into rehab and made a comeback in 1986 with the film, Down And Out In Beverley Hills.

>> He took a break from acting in 2004-2005 and used this time to conduct lectures at Oxford University.

>> During his career, Richard Dreyfuss was asked to star in two sequels of hit films that he had appeared in. He turned down both the roles. These were in Jaws 2 and American Graffiti.  

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