Circuit 3: Richard Dreyfuss


Richard Stephen Dreyfuss turned 65 this past Monday, October . He got his start in smaller roles on several TV shows, including Peyton Place, Gidget, That Girl, Bewitched, and The Big Valley. In 1967, he had a small, uncredited role in The Graduate (1967), and also appeared briefly in Valley of the Dolls. In 1973, Dreyfuss had a pair of breakthrough performances in George Lucas’ American Graffiti, and John Milius’ Dillinger.

The 1970s continued to be kind to the young actor, as he starred in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Dreyfuss won the Academy Award for Lead Actor for his performance in The Goodbye Girl (1977). He was the youngest actor to win in the Lead Actor category until Adrien Brody broke that record (The Pianist; 2002). Some of the films on Dreyfuss’ resume include Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Stand By Me (1986), Stakeout (1987), Always (1989), Postcards From the Edge (1990), What About Bob? (1991), The American President (1995), Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995; for which he received his second Oscar nomination), Poseidon (2006), and W. (2008).

According to IMDB, Dreyfuss currently has four films in post-production status, and a fifth that is filming.

My Circuit 3 for Richard Dreyfuss:

  1. Jaws (1975)
  2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  3. American Graffiti (1973)

What are your three best Richard Dreyfuss movies? You can view Dreyfuss’ entire filmography here.

  • 1) Whose Life Is It, Anyway? (81)
    2) American Graffiti (73)
    3) Let It Ride (89)

  • Andrew Johnson

    Jaws, Close Encounters, Mr. Hollands Opus

  • Joey Magidson

    For me, it’s:

    1. Jaws
    2. The American President
    3. The Goodbye Girl

  • Close Encounters
    American Graffiti
    The Goodbye Girl

  • Joe Gouveia

    1. The Goodbye Girl
    2. Close Encounters
    3. Jaws