Richard Dreyfuss Reacts to Twitter Users Misidentifying Him as Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Late Father

Actor took to Twitter following the star's heartbreaking Emmys speech

By McKenna Aiello Sep 19, 2016 3:20 AMTags

Some worried Twitter users have mistaken Richard Dreyfuss for the man mentioned in Julia Louis-Dreyfus' emotional 2016 Emmys speech dedicated to her late father, according to the veteran actor.

In case you missed, the Veep star made history tonight when she won her fifth consecutive Emmy for Best Actress in a comedy series. "Lastly, I'd like to dedicate this to my father William Louis-Dreyfus who passed away on Friday," she concluded during her acceptance speech, voice quavering and hands shaking. "I'm so glad that he liked Veep because his opinion was the one that really mattered. Thank you."

Dreyfuss then took to Twitter to clear up any misconceptions about his relationship to Julia, writing, "I'm actually not Julia Louis-Dreyfus' father. But I really appreciate all the concerned tweets."

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The 68-year-old then proceeded to slam the Emmys for never formally recognizing his decades-spanning career, engaging with fellow Twitter users also watching the award telecast from home.

"You know who else hasn't won an Emmy? Me. This has nothing to do with Hitler. Get your mind out of the gutter," Dreyfuss wrote. He later followed up, "One of my favorite things to do is just pet my Academy Award. People think it's weird. People have never petted their own Academy Award."

Dreyfuss won an Oscar in 1977 for his performance in The Goodbye Girl, followed by a Golden Globe and most recently in 2002, he was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for The Education of Max Brickford. 

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