May 07, 2002 01:02 PM

“The Education of Max Bickford” star Richard Dreyfuss, 54, was released from an undisclosed Manhattan hospital Tuesday after a weeklong stay in which he was treated for a lung infection, reports the Associated Press. According to the news service, the actor was admitted to the hospital on April 29, and doctors removed fluid from his right lung. “He’s feeling good,” Dreyfuss’s publicist, Christina Papadopoulos, told the news service. “The procedure was a complete success, and the infection has been cleared.” Because production of the CBS series for the current season finished last month, his illness isn’t expected to affect the show, which is a hit for its network. Reviewing the series for PEOPLE, the magazine’s TV critic Terry Kelleher said: “Dreyfuss just seems so well-suited to playing smart, voluble, abrasive characters. He’s totally in his element as Max, a contentious, self-righteous but stimulating history professor at fictional Chadwick College who’ll lecture you on anything from the New Deal to the cheese sandwich.”

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