Date: 5th October 2004

Jaws star Dreyfuss quitting Hollywood

Jaws star Richard Dreyfuss says he is quitting movies after a glittering 40-year career.

The 56-year-old, also famous for roles in American Graffiti and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, feels he is not in demand in Hollywood anymore - and he couldn't care less.

"I've made 40-plus films and there are only four I didn't enjoy, and without denigrating it, I want to do something else," the Brooklyn-born actor told the Radio Times.

"I'm not seeking to do any more movies, and they're not seeking me. I'm quite happy with that."

His finest hour came when, at the age of 30, he became the youngest man to win the Best Actor Oscar for his role as an out-of-work actor in Goodbye Girl. Aidan Brody beat him in 2003 at the age of 29.

Fine performances followed, notably in the ground-breaking Jaws, where he played obnoxious shark expert, Matt Hooper.

Dreyfuss is currently in London starring in Mel Brooks' stage production of The Producers along with British actor-comedian Lee Evans.

Source: Press Release