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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Roy Scheider dies at 75.

You're gonna need a bigger casket. . .

Roy Scheider died today in Little Rock, Arkansas, of complications from a staph infection. The actor, who portrayed Chief Martin Brody in the Hollywood blockbuster Jaws, was 75. He had been diagnosed with myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, in 2004. He underwent a bone marrow transplant the following year to successfully treat the cancer which was classified as being in partial remission. Scheider is survived by his wife Brenda, daughters Maximillia and Molly, and son Christian.

Jaws - Theatrical Trailer

Scheider's fi
rst film role was in the 1963 horror film Curse of the Living Corpse. In 1971 he appeared in two highly popular movies, Klute and The French Connection, the latter earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Four years later he portrayed his famous role as Chief Brody in Jaws. In 1976 he starred as Doc, a secret agent in Marathon Man2010: The Year We Make Contact, a 1984 sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 science fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Four years after he appeared in Jaws, he was nominated for his second Acade
my Award, this time as Best Actor in All That Jazz. Originally cast as Michael in The Deer Hunter, the second movie of a three movie deal with Universal Studios, he was bound by a Universal contract to make a Jaws sequel, and was deprived of the role.

Scheider went on to star in films such as The Myth of Fingerprints (1997) and Silver WolfThird Watch. Among his most recent films is the crusty father of hero Frank Castle in The Punisher (2004).

Scheider also hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in the tenth (1984-1985) season and appeared on the Family Guy episode "Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey" voicing himself as the host of a toilet-training video.

In 2007, Scheider received one of two annually-presented Lifetime Achievement Awards at the SunDeis Film Festival in Waltham, Massachusetts. His latest role was that of a death row inmate in a March 14,2007 episode of Law and Order.

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Blogger Dan Klug said...

Captain Nathan Bridger
from "SeaQuest DSV" (1993)

title="comment permalink">February 11, 2008 12:05 AM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Okay, here's the deal. START A FRIGGIN' DEATH BLOG!!!!

You know you want to do it. Death of the Day. Death of the Week! Predictions of upcoming deaths. Death Watch!
The real Dead Pool?

Come on, there's Mr. Skin. You could Be Mr. Obit.

title="comment permalink">February 11, 2008 12:23 AM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

By the way, I loved Scheider's work.

title="comment permalink">February 11, 2008 12:23 AM  
Blogger Beverley Eyre said...

In 1986 I was a masseur living in LA working mostly on clients in the entertainment industry. In early summer I was hired by Roy Scheider to come to the house he was renting in the Malibu Colony to work on his family and his guests. This was while he was filming "The Men's Club".
For the next year I saw Roy regularly, and then sporadically after that, and developed a great liking for the man.
Once, when I mentioned that I had just met Sly Stallone, Roy said, "Oh right, Rambo. That's what he'll be remembered for. He's not a serious actor." I replied, "Yeah, he could never have starred in a serious piece, like Jaws." Roy looked at me, burst out laughing and said, "Touche! Christ, I hope I'm remembered for more than Jaws!"
Roy, my friend, I don't know what you'll be remembered for, but to me, you were a great actor, a nice guy, and someone I'm glad that I knew.

title="comment permalink">February 11, 2008 3:36 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Dan - Of course! Oops!

Robert - You want I should add you to the collection?!?!? ;)

Beverley - Great story!

title="comment permalink">February 11, 2008 6:06 PM  
Blogger Parson said...

I think you forgot about Blue Thunder. I always liked that movie.


title="comment permalink">February 11, 2008 9:57 PM  
Blogger Human said...

All that Jazz was a great movie! Bye Bye Roy. Rest in Peace.

title="comment permalink">February 12, 2008 5:43 PM  

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