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.
“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.
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.
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.”