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Roy Scheider, Actor in ‘Jaws,’ Dies at 75
nytimes.com ^ | February 11, 2008 | By DAVE KEHR

Posted on 02/10/2008 6:00:57 PM PST by lunarbicep

Roy Scheider, a stage actor with a background in the classics who became one of the leading figures in the American film renaissance of the 1970s, died on Sunday afternoon in Little Rock, Ark. He was 75 and lived in Sag Harbor, N.Y.

Mr. Scheider had suffered from multiple myeloma for several years, and died of complications from a staph infection, his wife, Brenda Seimer, said.

Mr. Scheider’s rangy figure, gaunt face and emotional openness made him particularly appealing in everyman roles, most famously as the agonized police chief of “Jaws,” Steven Spielberg’s 1975 breakthrough hit, about a New England resort town haunted by the knowledge that a killer shark is preying on the local beaches.

Mr. Scheider conveyed an accelerated metabolism in movies like “Klute” (1971), his first major film role, in which he played a threatening pimp to Jane Fonda’s New York call girl; and in William Friedkin’s “French Connection” (also 1971), as Buddy Russo, the slightly more restrained partner to Gene Hackman’s marauding police detective, Popeye Doyle. That role earned Mr. Scheider the first of two Oscar nominations.

Born in 1932 in Orange, N.J., Mr. Scheider earned his distinctive broken nose in the New Jersey Diamond Gloves Competition. He studied at Rutgers and at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., where he graduated as a history major with the intention of going to law school. He served three years in the United States Air Force, rising to the rank of first lieutenant. When he was discharged, he returned to Franklin and Marshall to star in a production of “Richard III.”

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1 posted on 02/10/2008 6:01:01 PM PST by lunarbicep
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To: lunarbicep

Rest in peace.


2 posted on 02/10/2008 6:01:21 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: lunarbicep

Oh no, not the Jaws guy!!!!


3 posted on 02/10/2008 6:01:36 PM PST by NoGrayZone (A Lesser Evil Is Still Evil.)
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To: lunarbicep

To me, he will always be Sal Russo in “The French Connection.”


4 posted on 02/10/2008 6:02:07 PM PST by Clemenza (Ronald Reagan was a "Free Traitor", Like Me ;-))
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To: lunarbicep

Surprising. Didn’t realize he had cancer or that he’d gotten that old. RIP. Funny how time creeps up on you.


5 posted on 02/10/2008 6:03:13 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: lunarbicep

RIP. Thanks to him, I couldn’t swim in the ocean for a year.


6 posted on 02/10/2008 6:03:14 PM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Checkmate Cruiser")
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To: Clemenza
Is this the same guy that was in 2001 space odyssey?
7 posted on 02/10/2008 6:03:32 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: lunarbicep
Oh No!!

A real tough guy,Damn
8 posted on 02/10/2008 6:03:46 PM PST by cmsgop ( I love Scotch. .......Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch)
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To: lunarbicep

“We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

RIP...


9 posted on 02/10/2008 6:03:54 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps (Vote Republican in 2008 or President Hillary Clinton will be reading your FBI file!!!)
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To: Clemenza

Marthon Man and Sorcerer were my favs.


10 posted on 02/10/2008 6:03:54 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: lunarbicep

R.I.P.


11 posted on 02/10/2008 6:04:16 PM PST by Nachum
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To: lunarbicep

Rest in Peace Roy!


12 posted on 02/10/2008 6:04:21 PM PST by mass55th
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To: lunarbicep

Took a trip to Davey Jones’ Locker...


13 posted on 02/10/2008 6:04:46 PM PST by streetpreacher (Arminian by birth, Calvinist by the grace of God)
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To: lunarbicep

He was on Law and Order CI last season play murderer he didn’t look well


14 posted on 02/10/2008 6:04:53 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: mamelukesabre
No, but he was in 2010 The Year We Make Contact
15 posted on 02/10/2008 6:05:03 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps (Vote Republican in 2008 or President Hillary Clinton will be reading your FBI file!!!)
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To: lunarbicep

Seven-Ups - one of the greatest car chases of all time.

Rest in Peace Roy Scheider. Thanks for 35 plus years of celluloid memories.


16 posted on 02/10/2008 6:05:14 PM PST by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: mamelukesabre

2010


17 posted on 02/10/2008 6:05:36 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: monkapotamus; EveningStar; All

Monk get in here


18 posted on 02/10/2008 6:05:36 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: cmsgop

19 posted on 02/10/2008 6:05:56 PM PST by cmsgop ( I love Scotch. .......Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch)
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To: mamelukesabre

2010 - the sequel to 2001


20 posted on 02/10/2008 6:05:56 PM PST by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: lunarbicep

RIP


21 posted on 02/10/2008 6:06:02 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: mamelukesabre

No. He was in 2010. It was a so-so sequel, that is still kinda entertaining.


22 posted on 02/10/2008 6:06:04 PM PST by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: lunarbicep

And my husband and I have been watching Seaquest Season 2 on DVD for the last week.


23 posted on 02/10/2008 6:06:13 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: lunarbicep

Oh darn!


24 posted on 02/10/2008 6:06:24 PM PST by null and void (President Hillary!™ Clinton? Time to invest in body bags. Again...)
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To: lunarbicep

RIP....damn we are getting old.


25 posted on 02/10/2008 6:06:36 PM PST by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: lunarbicep

26 posted on 02/10/2008 6:06:36 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: lunarbicep

“We’re gonna need a bigger boat”


27 posted on 02/10/2008 6:06:36 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: mamelukesabre
Is this the same guy that was in 2001 space odyssey?

He was not in the 2001 original, but he was in the sequel 2010

28 posted on 02/10/2008 6:06:48 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: mamelukesabre

2010


29 posted on 02/10/2008 6:06:56 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: mamelukesabre
IMDb says he was in 2010
30 posted on 02/10/2008 6:07:00 PM PST by lunarbicep (Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain)
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To: lunarbicep

Well that sucks one of my favorite jaws ,2010 etc Rip


31 posted on 02/10/2008 6:07:16 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: neodad

LOL - I think some Dems even stopped taking baths!


32 posted on 02/10/2008 6:07:28 PM PST by TCats (The Clintons Are Not Just Wrong - They Are Certifiable AND Dangerous! See my Page)
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To: Larry Lucido

http://youtube.com/watch?v=gZCPIY2MElg


33 posted on 02/10/2008 6:07:34 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Wiseghy
His weirdest role had to be in Naked Lunch. I saw that only two weeks ago.
34 posted on 02/10/2008 6:07:36 PM PST by Rocko ( "Where's the global warming? It's freezing in here." -- Bob Dylan)
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To: neodad

Cue up the “Jaws” soundtrack please! (written by John Williams - same composer as Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc.)


35 posted on 02/10/2008 6:08:15 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Larry Lucido
52 Pick Up...
36 posted on 02/10/2008 6:08:58 PM PST by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

And just about every George Lucas or Steven Spielberg movie ever made.


37 posted on 02/10/2008 6:09:12 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: NoGrayZone
RIP Roy


38 posted on 02/10/2008 6:09:23 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: mamelukesabre
Is this the same guy that was in 2001 space odyssey?

No. But he was in "2010".

39 posted on 02/10/2008 6:10:11 PM PST by reg45
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To: Larry Lucido

He was a memorable actor. Rest in peace.


40 posted on 02/10/2008 6:10:18 PM PST by alecqss
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To: lunarbicep

I was a definitely a fan. RIP, Roy.


41 posted on 02/10/2008 6:10:32 PM PST by newzjunkey (Keep them working back home. Buy Made in Mexico.)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
Jaws in 30 seconds (and re-enacted by bunnies)
42 posted on 02/10/2008 6:10:33 PM PST by null and void (President Hillary!™ Clinton? Time to invest in body bags. Again...)
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To: lunarbicep
You might want to check Roy out in the under-appreciated 1973 film The Seven-Ups. Pretty good crime drama, after The French Connection and before Jaws.

Requiescat in pace.

43 posted on 02/10/2008 6:11:11 PM PST by Faraday
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To: Larry Lucido
Marthon Man and Sorcerer were my favs.

Did you notice that his character in Marathon Man was gay? When he is on the phone to "Janie", and says "get your ass over here, I wanna see you!", he is on the phone to Janeway, the character played by William Devane, and presumably, his lover.

I remember Scheider primarily for All That Jazz. He was also a typical Hollyweird leftist.

44 posted on 02/10/2008 6:11:51 PM PST by Sans-Culotte
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To: Larry Lucido

I loved him in Marathon Man and All That Jazz. Can you believe that Bob Fosse originally thought Richard Dreyfuss should play Joe Gideon? Roy said he got the role because Dreyfuss told him he didn’t want it, wanted to get out of it, and didn’t like Fosse. Fosse and Scheider ended up hitting it off and became friends.

RIP, Roy.


45 posted on 02/10/2008 6:12:09 PM PST by Cecily
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To: mamelukesabre

No he was in 2010 the sequel.


46 posted on 02/10/2008 6:12:11 PM PST by packrat35
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To: lunarbicep
...died on Sunday afternoon in Little Rock, Ark.

What happened, did he throw his support to Obama?

47 posted on 02/10/2008 6:12:12 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (Illegals : Why spend the money to educate them if its against the law to employ them?)
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To: Larry Lucido

Agreed ... Sorcerer was awesome.

R.I.P.


48 posted on 02/10/2008 6:12:46 PM PST by BillyBonebrake
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To: mamelukesabre

He was in the awful sequel “2010.”


49 posted on 02/10/2008 6:12:58 PM PST by Clemenza (Ronald Reagan was a "Free Traitor", Like Me ;-))
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To: NormsRevenge

Ahhhhhhh!!! I’m STILL afraid of the water because of that movie!!!!


50 posted on 02/10/2008 6:13:08 PM PST by NoGrayZone (A Lesser Evil Is Still Evil.)
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