Mood Disorders Series-Disabled Legend Richard Stephen Dreyfuss

Born October 29, 1947 is an Academy Award-winning American actor. Dreyfuss played his first lead role in the Canadian film The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. He went on to star in box office hits Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, both directed by Steven Spielberg. Around 1978, Dreyfuss began to use cocaine frequently; his addiction came to a head four years later, when he was arrested for possession of the drug at the scene of a collision. He suffers from bipolar disorder. In 2006, he appeared in Stephen Fry’s documentary, Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, in which Fry (who also has the disorder) interviewed him about his life with manic-depression.

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