Richard Dreyfuss Addresses Concerns After Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Emmy Speech

She announced her father died on Friday.

ByABC News
September 19, 2016, 12:01 PM

— -- During Sunday night's Emmy Awards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed that her father, Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, died on Friday, her voice breaking during her acceptance speech for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series.

It was a touching moment for the actress, 55, who has won eight Emmys, including a record-breaking six in that category and five in a row for "Veep." But it was also a moment that left some fans confused.

Fans started sending acclaimed actor Richard Dreyfuss tweets and other messages, assuming he was her father.

Dreyfuss, 68, took to Twitter to dispel any worries.

"I'm actually not Julia Louis-Dreyfus' father. But I really appreciate all the concerned tweets," he wrote. That tweet instantly went viral, with almost 2,000 retweets.

Dreyfuss had a little fun with the mistake, retweeting fans, like one who wrote, "I can't stop laughing at the idea of ppl sending concerned tweets to @RichardDreyfuss even though they think he died."

Louis-Dreyfus ended her speech on a somber note, saying her father died on Friday, adding, "I'm so glad that he liked 'Veep,' because his opinion was the one that really mattered."

Later in the night, the comedic icon and former "Seinfeld" star wrote on Instagram, "Just happy & grateful & happy."

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