It was a time for celebration. Julia Louis-Dreyfus had just won her fifth-straight Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, bringing her all-time total to nine, but the Veep star had more important things on her mind. Through tears in her eyes, Louis-Dreyfus thanked her late father, Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, who died on Friday.
“Lastly, I’d like to dedicate this to my father, Willie Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away on Friday. I’m so glad that he liked Veep, because his opinion was the one that really mattered. Thank you.”
This touching moment from one of the greatest comedians of all-time led to some confusion on the interwebs, who were rightfully saddened by the news of Dreyfus’ death. But, for whatever reason, these caring fans thought it was actor Richard Dreyfuss and didn’t notice that Richard Dreyfuss spells his name differently than Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And so, they began reaching out to him on Twitter. Perhaps they were too caught up in emotion to double-check the names.
Thankfully, the Oscar and Golden Globe winner is alive and well at 68-years-old, able to keep up with the strange fervor caused by the mistaken identity on social media. With that said, it seems like people think Richard Dreyfuss is dead fairly often:
If a giant shark and Bill Murray in What About Bob? can’t kill Richard Dreyfuss, nothing can.