Richard Stephen Dreyfuss is best known for his starring roles in a
number of films including American Graffiti (1973), Jaws (1975), Close
Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), and Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
which was filmed in Portland, Oregon.
Dreyfuss won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1977 for his role
in The Goodbye Girl. He began his acting career at a Beverly Hills
community center at the age of 15.