Drey­fuss an­gry he hasn't got Life­time Achieve­ment Award

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Richard Drey­fuss isn't happy he hasn't been given a Life­time Achieve­ment Award. The 69-year-old ac­tor doesn't mind that fel­low Hol­ly­wood stars such as Al Pa­cino, Robert De Niro and Jack Ni­chol­son have been handed the pres­ti­gious ac­co­lade by the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute He moaned: "I am both­ered that they've been given Life­time Achieve­ment Awards by the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute and I haven't." Drey­fuss won an Os­car for his per­for­mance in 'The Good­bye Girl' in 1978, but would have pre­ferred to win the award later in his ca­reer. He told The Daily Tele­graph news­pa­per: "If I could rewind my life now, I'd de­lay win­ning the Os­car un­til I was in my fifties." The 'Mr Hol­land's Opus' star was a prom­i­nent ac­tor dur­ing the 70s when he starred in a num­ber of suc­cess­ful movies in­clud­ing 'Amer­i­can Graf­fiti', 'Close En­coun­ters of the Third Kind' and the shark hor­ror movie 'Jaws'. Drey­fuss re­calls a time when he was kicked out of 20th Cen­tury Fox for shout­ing at the direc­tor and cast­ing direc­tor when he was just 16. He said: "The direc­tor and cast­ing direc­tor showed up 45 min­utes late. When I fi­nally saw them ap­proach­ing, I headed in the op­po­site di­rec­tion to get a glass of wa­ter. "I got back and one of the guys asked why I was keep­ing them wait­ing. I blew. 'How dare you' I said. 'I've been wait­ing for 45 min­utes'. "The cast­ing direc­tor told me to calm down be­fore ask­ing me to go through my re­sume with the direc­tor. "'No', I said. ' You know what I've al­ready done'. And that's when they threw me out of 20th Cen­tury Fox." Through­out his ca­reer, Drey­fuss has had many tur­bu­lent re­la­tion­ships with co-stars in­clud­ing 'Jaws' star Robert Shaw and Bill Mur­ray who he starred with in 'What About Bob?'. De­spite this, the screen star be­lieves he is an "ami­able" guy and knew he would make it in the movie busi­ness. He said: "I was rather an ami­able guy. And I knew as a 100 per cent cer­tainty that I would make it as a movie star."

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