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Monday, February 11, 2008


Roy Scheider - another favorite gone
Current mood: bummed
Category: Movies, TV, Celebrities

" Roy Scheider, of 'Jaws' fame, dies at 75"
"Roy 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 was 75.

Scheider died Sunday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock, hospital spokesman David Robinson said.

The 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.

Scheider 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.

But 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.

In 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".

And 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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