RIP Roy Scheider

When I think of Roy Scheider, the first image that comes to mind is of his character in “Jaws,” police chief Martin Brody, a cigarette dangling from his bottom lip, as he comes face to face with the shark.

The second image that comes to mind is of Scheider as Officer Frank Murphy, piloting the LAPD’s tactical helicopter known as “Blue Thunder.”

scheider.jpgSadly, Quint at Aint It Cool News shares the news that Scheider passed away this weekend at the age of 75.

The New Jersey born actor also had memorable performances in “Klute,” “The French Connection,” “Marathon Man,” Cronenberg’s adaptation of “Naked Lunch,” and the television series “SeaQuest DSV.”

…more at the New York Times

8 Replies to “RIP Roy Scheider”

  1. I just saw this post and said out loud “Oh NO!”

    Jaws is it for sure. But I have a special place in my heart for Blue Thunder. Saw it in the theater 4 times. And years later became friends with a guy at work who’s email address name was JAFO.

    We’ll miss you, Mr. Scheider.

  2. How you can pay tribute to Roy Scheider WITHOUT mentioning “All That Jazz” is beyond me. Mr. Scheider’s performance is a tour de force. Seriously, if anyone out there has never seen this movie, directed by and not so loosely based on the life of Bob Fosse, you need to put it at the top of your Netflix queue…NOW!!!

  3. “It’s showtime,folks”. ALL THAT JAZZ One of the greatest films. Paula Abdul stole the idea for one of her videos from the “Take off with us” scene. I’m gonna have to watch it again tonight. The movie NOT the Paula Abdul video :)

  4. All That Jazz was maybe his greatest performance because it was so against type. But he ruled as the Non-Rambo everyman tough guy. Jaws of course but also as the driver in The Sorcerer and as the cop sidekick to Hackman in the French Connection. He may have been the poor man’s Steve MacQueen but he still always nailed it. RIP.

  5. My favorite part of Jaws was when Cheif Brody upon seeing the shark was him saying ‘WE’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT” I always loved that plus the comparing of “scars” and he looks at his, then the singing show me the way to go home also. Rest in peace Roy, will always remember you.

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