Roles turned down by Richard Dreyfuss:
The actor was cast by director Bob Fosse as the driven, womanizing, Fosse-like choreographer but withdrew from the dramatic musical just before production.
Actor who got the part: Roy Scheider
Dreyfuss was one of De Palma's original considerations for the role of Jack.
Actor who got the part: John Travolta
Originally written as a male character, Richard Dreyfuss was cast as a reporter in the first draft of THE CHINA SYNDROME. the role was rewritten as female and Jane Fonda won the Oscar nominated role as Kimberly Wells.
Actor who got the part: Jane Fonda
Richard Dreyfuss turned down the role of Louis Strack Jr.
Actor who got the part: Colin Friels
Richard Dreyfuss was offered and was expected to play the starring role but fell into a dispute with director Paul Mazursky.
Actor who got the part: Ron Silver
Richard Dreyfuss was considered for the part of Billy Rose opposite Streisand.
Actor who got the part: James Caan
Dreyfuss was approached to reprise his role of Matt Hooper but production on 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' ran behind and he declined.
Richard Dreyfuss was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Sam Neill
Dreyfuss had once starred in the theater production of The Normal Heart, and was attached to the film version, though critical of Barbra Streisand as the prospective director.
Actor who got the part: Film Mot Made
Auditioned to play one of the "von Trapp" boys.
Actor who got the part: Daniel Truhitte
Dreyfuss was considered for the role of Quaid.
Actor who got the part: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Did you know that Richard Dreyfuss was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)