Richard Dreyfuss

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UPDATE: Court records show that Dreyfuss dropped the suit against his presumably pretty elderly dad and uncle last month. Good for him!

Anyone who's seen Jaws knows Richard Dreyfuss ain't afraid of sharks.

The 60-year-old Oscar winner filed a lawsuit against his father and uncle on Friday for refusing to repay an $870,000 loan from 1984.

Dreyfuss says he gave his relatives the good faith loan 24 years ago to bail them out of trouble that involved an office building in downtown Los Angeles. The star of Mr. Holland's Opus claims he hasn't received a dime from them since, and that his uncle, Gilbert Dreyfuss, is refusing to turn over financial records.

The actor, who is playing Vice President Dick Cheney in Oliver Stone's biopic W, alleges his uncle and his father, Norman Dreyfuss, have acted with "fraud" and "malice." He wants his money back—plus interest—and is also seeking punitive damages.

(Originally published Aug. 10, 2008, at 8 a.m. PT)

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