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Richard Dreyfuss 'Trembled in Fear' Because of Depression

Richard Dreyfuss Opens Up About His Battle with Bipolar Disorder

Originally posted 11/11/2013 06:30PM

Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss, star of hit movies such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Mr. Holland's Opus, suffers from bipolar disorder.

Dreyfuss, 66, first spoke publicly about his disorder in the 2006 documentary The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. Since then, he's been sharing his personal struggles at conferences around the country to elevate the discussion on depression.

"There's no shame in having depression," Dreyfuss told PEOPLE at Thursday's Hope for Depression Research Foundation luncheon in New York City. "By telling my own story, I hope to help remove the stigma. It never should be something to hide."

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Richard Dreyfuss Marries | Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss Marries

Originally posted 03/20/2006 12:00PM

Richard Dreyfuss has married Russian-born Svetlana Erokhin in Harrisonburg, Va., where the Jaws and Mr. Holland's Opus star was in town for an appearance at James Madison University.

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