Academy Award-Winning Actor & Social Activist
Richard Dreyfuss is an accomplished actor, outspoken social activist and champion for student engagement. One of Hollywood’s leading men, Dreyfuss has appeared in nearly 60 films, including Mr. Hollands’s Opus, American Graffiti, as well as two of Steven Spielberg’s highest grossing films, Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Dreyfuss is a two-time Academy Award nominee, a four-time Golden Globe Award nominee and won both an Oscar and Golden Globe for The Goodbye Girl. Read More >
Oscar Award Winning Actor
For Richard Dreyfuss, acting has always been his central passion, the impenetrable core and guide for his life. As a young man, Dreyfuss was moved by the great stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age; Spencer Tracey, Charles Laughton, Irene Dunne and Claudette all inspired a life-time of acting. In this talk, Dreyfuss shares his love of acting and how it transformed every aspect of his life. It’s an art form that has allowed him to express himself on the canvas of the big-screen, in the theater and on countless stages all over the world. It’s a fascinating talk that takes you inside the life of one of Hollywood’s leading men.
Thousands of lives were devastated when Bernie Madoff, the chairman of NASDAQ and pillar of Wall Street, violated the trust of his investors by bilking them out of their life-savings. In this talk, Dreyfuss shares his experience portraying the most hated man in America Bernie Madoff. Although a challenging role for Dreyfuss because of his connection to some of the victims, he believes in the importance of the story to ensure history does not repeat itself.
Richard Dreyfuss has spent a lifetime championing the democratic process and its foundation. In this talk, Dreyfuss advances the very principles that guide democracy. To that end, he founded The Dreyfuss Civics Initiative, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the need for civic education in our school system. America’s future will be shaped by how we educate the next generation in the democratic process. Dreyfuss will leave you motivated and inspired to engage in the very freedoms for which our forefathers risked their lives.
The lure of drugs and alcohol are temptations that many young people fall victim to due to peer pressure, societal influences, and other unnavigable circumstances. In this very candid talk, Dreyfuss shares his personal story of addiction. “I thought I couldn't be killed, I thought I was immortal, and I thought I would always be smarter and faster.” Dreyfuss is boldly honest about the events that changed the trajectory of his own life. The choices he made will inspire and motivate.
As a global citizen, Dreyfuss believes that each of us has a responsibility to advance a peaceful society. In this talk, Mr. Dreyfuss advocates for solutions to the Arab/Israeli conflict, offering an educated and thoughtful perspective on the Middle East and US foreign policy. His candid viewpoint about what it really means to be Jewish during this time of conflict is challenging, inspirational, and stimulating.
"The Dreyfuss event was definitely a success. I know that all of the students that interacted with him really enjoyed meeting him, and he was great to work with. The audience really seemed to enjoy it, as our evaluations had very positive feedback about the event! Thanks for all of your help in making this successful! I look forward to working with you in the future!"
"He is charming and delightful and insightful. The Master Class was brilliant. He was wonderfully agreeable at the post-presentation reception, engaged everyone who wanted to talk with him, signed autographs and posed for photos. We couldn’t have wished for anything more at the reception."
"I want to take this opportunity to thank you, most sincerely, for being with our B'nai Israel community. I am certain that our congregants appreciated the opportunity of hearing your comments about your career and about the values which are especially dear to your heart. Our major donors were also delighted to speak with you on a more personal level at the dessert reception."
"Richard was excellent. We’ve had many stars in town in the past, but never have the people here had the chance to listen to a speech by a star that was addressed to them. Even though the audience was international they were all deeply impressed by the accuracy of thought as well as brilliantly delivered speech."