The Goodbye Guy

Richard Dreyfuss In The Poor House

The ex-addict retired too early and ran out of cash!

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Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss watched this year’s Academy Awards on a budget!

Sadly, the actor — who starred in Hollywood hits including “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “American Graffiti” — confessed that he’s now accepting jobs merely “for the money!

“It’s a hard thing to admit,” Richard said. “I’m broke.

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“I wanted to retire and take my wife on cruises. I can’t afford that. I want to be able to go to Europe when I want. I can’t. I was never good with money. I spent too much and didn’t think about the consequences.

“I was a young, spoiled movie star!”

At age 30 in 1978, he won his Best Actor Oscar for “The Goodbye Girl,” then plunged into a cocaine addiction.

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His problems came to a head in 1982 when he crashed his car into a tree and was busted for DUI — cocaine AND booze!

He went into drug rehab in 1983, and has waged a life-long battle with manic depression.

He regrets retiring from acting over a decade ago to study at Britain’s Oxford University and create the non-profit Dreyfuss Initiative, which promotes civics lessons.

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Returning to Hollywood, Dreyfuss, 68, who just played crooked fiancier Bernie Madoff in an ABC miniseries, had a rude awakening.

“I came back, and people said, ‘Richard who?’ Hollywood has changed. It’s been difficult.”