Actor and Activist
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
An outspoken social and political activist, Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War and worked in alternate service for two years as a clerk in a Los Angeles hospital. Launching his Hollywood film career with a single line in The Graduate, he shot to fame in the box office hits Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Rebounding from drug dependency in the early 1980s, he went on to success in Mr. Holland’s Opus and other films and to starring roles on Broadway.