Roy Scheider - another favorite gone
Current mood: bummed
Category: Movies, TV, Celebrities
" Roy Scheider, of 'Jaws' fame, dies at 75"
Scheider, a one-time boxer whose broken nose and pugnacious acting
style made him a star in "The French Connection" and who later uttered
one of cinematic history's most memorable lines in "Jaws," has died. He
died Sunday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital
in Little Rock, hospital spokesman David Robinson said.
hospital did not release a cause of death, but Scheider had been
treated for multiple myeloma at the hospital's Myeloma Institute for
Research and Therapy for the past two years.
earned two Academy Award nominations — a best-supporting nod for 1971's
"The French Connection" in which he played the police partner of Oscar
winner Gene Hackman, and a best-actor nomination for 1979's "All That
Jazz," the semi-autobiographical Bob Fosse film.
he was perhaps best known for his role as a small-town police chief in
Steven Spielberg's 1975 film "Jaws," about a killer shark terrorizing
beachgoers — as well as millions of moviegoers.
2005, one of Scheider's most famous lines in the movie — "You're gonna
need a bigger boat" — was voted No. 35 on the American Film Institute's
list of best quotes from U.S. movies."
I must take this
opportunity to very highly recommend a number of films Mr Scheider did
that got little notice. He worked with John Frankenheimer, one of
my favorite directors, on a number of smaller films in the 1980s.
Please do yourself a favor and check out "52 Pickup" and "The Fourth
War". Both are mostly character studies around a solo Scheider,
but Ann Margaret is a worthy foil and muse in "52 Pickup".
if you don't know who John Frankenheimer is, I'll just list a few
films, which are each definitive in their categories, such as The
Manchurian Candidate, Grand Prix, and Ronin.
One other thing I picked up from the article is the quote from Richard Dreyfuss, "He
was a wonderful guy. He was what I call 'a knockaround actor. A
'knockaround actor' to me is a compliment that means a professional
that lives the life of a professional actor and doesn't' yell and
scream at the fates and does his job and does it as well as he can." Which, if I may translate into Dreyfuss-ese, means "He was nothing at all like me."
But I still like the cranky and demanding mr Dreyfuss, soley for
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