Everybody calm down: Richard Dreyfuss is NOT Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ dad, and the actor is very much alive. However, after the ‘Veep’ actress dedicated her win at the 2016 Emmys to her late father, fans mistook him for Richard, and immediately freaked out. Check out the actor’s response right here!
Richard Dreyfuss, 68, is not Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ late father, William Louis-Dreyfus. The actor took to Twitter during the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 18 to assure fans he’s alive, writing, “I’m actually not Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ father. But I really appreciate all the concerned tweets.”
I'm actually not Julia Louis-Dreyfus' father. But I really appreciate all the concerned tweets. https://t.co/4heUxufeOa
— Richard Dreyfuss (@RichardDreyfuss) September 19, 2016
Julia won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and in her speech she tearfully revealed that her father had died on Sept. 16. “I’d like to dedicate this to my father, William Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away on Friday,” she told the crowd. “I’m so glad that he liked Veep because his opinion was the one that really mattered.” Our hearts go out to Julia.
After Julia’s announcement, fans took to Twitter to send condolences to Richard, mistaking him for her father. “@RichardDreyfuss RIP. I love him in An Office and a Gentleman,” one user tweeted. “People are sending @RichardDreyfuss tweets thinking he is @OfficialJLD recently passed father. I mean, it’s kinda sweet if u think about it,” another wrote. Most people realized right away that Richard isn’t Julia’s father, but he still felt the need to clear the air!
Julia’s dad was born Gérard C. Louis-Dreyfus. He was raised in Paris, then moved to America. He attended Duke University and Duke University School of Law in North Carolina before becoming a businessman, and he was worth an estimated $3.4 billion. Wow!
HollywoodLifers, what was your favorite moment from the Emmys last night? Tell us if you’re glad Julia won big!