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Roy Scheider

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Photos Roy Scheider Birth name: Roy Richard Scheider
Birth date: 1932/11/10
Date of death : 2008/02/10 (76 years old)
Birth place : Orange New-Jersey
Height: 1.75 m

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Biography for Roy Scheider

Lean, angular-faced and authoritatively spoken lead / supporting actor Roy Scheider obviously never heard the old actor's axiom about "never appearing with kids or animals" lest they overshadow your performance. Breaking that rule did him no harm, though, as he achieved pop cult status by finding, fighting and blowing up a 25-foot-long Great White shark (nicknamed "Bruce") in the mega-hit Jaws (1975) and then electrocuting an even bigger Great White in the vastly inferior Jaws 2 (1978).

Athletic Scheider was born in November 1932 in Orange, New Jersey, and was a keen sportsman from a young age, competing in baseball and boxing (his awkwardly mended broken nose is a result of his foray into Golden Gloves competitions). While at college, his pursuits turned from sports to theater and he studied drama at Rutgers and Franklin and Marshall. After a stint in the military, Scheider appeared with the New York Shakespeare Festival and won an "Obie Award" for his appearance in the play "Stephen D."

His film career commenced with the campy Z-grade horror cheesefest The Curse of the Living Corpse (1964), and he then showed up in Star! (1968), Paper Lion (1968), Stiletto (1969) and Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970). In 1971 he really came to the attention of film audiences with his role in the Jane Fonda thriller Klute (1971) and then as Det. Buddy Russo (scoring his first Oscar nomination) alongside fiery Gene Hackman in the crime drama The French Connection (1971). His performance as a tough street cop in that film led him into another tough cop role as NYC Det. Buddy Manucci in the underappreciated The Seven-Ups (1973), which features one of the best car chase sequences ever put on film.

In the early 1970s the Peter Benchley novel "Jaws" was a phenomenal best-seller, and young director Steven Spielberg was chosen by Universal Pictures to direct the film adaptation, Jaws (1975), in which Scheider played police chief Brody and shared lead billing with Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss in the tale of a New England seaside community terrorized by a hungry Great White shark. "Jaws" was a blockbuster, and for many years held the record as the highest-grossing film of all time. Scheider then turned up as the shady CIA agent brother of Dustin Hoffman in the unnerving Marathon Man (1976) and in the misfired William Friedkin-directed remake of Salaire de la peur, Le (1953) titled Sorcerer (1977), before again returning to Amity to battle another giant shark in Jaws 2 (1978). Seeking a change from tough cops and hungry sharks, he took the role of womanizing, drug-popping choreographer Joe Gideon, the lead character of the semi-autobiographical portrayal of director Bob Fosse in the sparkling All That Jazz (1979). It was another big hit for Scheider (and another Oscar nomination), with the film featuring a stunning opening sequence to the tune of the funky George Benson number "On Broadway", and breathtaking dance routines including the "Airotica" performance by the glamorous Sandahl Bergman.

Returning to another law enforcement role, Scheider played a rebellious helicopter pilot in the John Badham conspiracy / action film Blue Thunder (1983), a scientist in the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) simply titled 2010 (1984), a cheating husband who turns the tables on his blackmailers in 52 Pick-Up (1986), a cold-blooded hit man in Cohen and Tate (1989) and a CIA operative in the muddled and slow-moving The Russia House (1990). The versatile Scheider was then cast as the captain of a futuristic submarine in the relatively popular TV series "SeaQuest DSV" (1993), which ran for three seasons.

Inexplicably, however, Scheider had seemingly, and slowly, dropped out of favor with mainstream film audiences, and while he continued to remain busy, predominantly in supporting roles (generally as US presidents or military officers), most of the vehicles he appeared in were B-grade political thrillers such as The Peacekeeper (1997), Executive Target (1997), Chain of Command (2000) and Red Serpent (2002).

One hopes that a really first-class role will re-emerge for this immensely entertaining actor--he's much too interesting and likable to be out of the public limelight!


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Title Role
Iron Cross (2007) (filming) Joseph
Dark Honeymoon (2007) (completed) Sam
If I Didn't Care (2007) Linus
The Poet (2007) Rabbi
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Mark Ford Brady (1 episode, 2007)
Last Chance (2006) Cumberland
Dracula III: Legacy (2005) (V) Cardinal Siqueros
The Punisher (2004) Frank Castle Sr.
Dracula II: Ascension (2003) (V) Cardinal Siqueros
Citizen Verdict (2003) Bull Tyler
Third Watch Fyodor Chevchenko (5 episodes, 2002)
King of Texas (2002) (TV) Henry Westover
Texas 46 (2002) Colonel Gartner
Love Thy Neighbor (2002/I) Fred
The Feds: U.S. Postal Inspectors (2002) Narrator
Red Serpent (2002) Hassan
Time Lapse (2001) (V) Agent La Nova
Angels Don't Sleep Here (2001) Mayor Harry S. Porter
Diamond Hunters (2001) (TV) Jacobus Van der Byl
Daybreak (2000/I) Stan Marshall
The Doorway (2000) Professor Lamont
Falling Through (2000) Earl
Chain of Command (2000) President Jack Cahill
RKO 281 (1999) (TV) George Schaefer
The Seventh Scroll (1999) (mini) TV Series Grant Schiller
Better Living (1998) Tom
Evasive Action (1998) Enzo Marcelli
Silver Wolf (1998) John Rockwell
The White Raven (1998) Tom Heath
The Rainmaker (1997) Wilfred Keeley
The Peacekeeper (1997) President Robert Baker
The Myth of Fingerprints (1997) Hal
The Rage (1997) John Taggart
Plato's Run (1997) Alexander Senarkian
Executive Target (1997) President Carlson
The Definite Maybe (1997) Eddie Jacobson
Money Play$ (1997) (TV) Johnny Tobin
SeaQuest DSV Captain Nathan Bridger (47 episodes, 1993
Wild Justice (1994) Peter Stride
Romeo Is Bleeding (1993) Don Falcone
Wild Justice (1993) (TV) Peter Stride
Naked Lunch (1991) Doctor Benway
Contact: The Yanomami Indians of Brazil (1991)
The Russia House (1990) Russell
Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture (1990) (TV) Paul Marish, Photographer
The Fourth War (1990) Col. Jack Knowles
Night Game (1989) Mike Seaver
Listen to Me (1989) Charlie Nichols
Cohen and Tate (1989) Cohen
52 Pick
The Men's Club (1986) Cavanaugh, former Professional Baseball Star
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) (voice) Narrator
Saturday Night Live Host (1 episode, 1985)
2010 (1984) Dr. Heywood Floyd
Tiger Town (1983) (TV) Billy Young
Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number (1983) (TV) Jacobo Timerman
Blue Thunder (1983) Officer Frank Murphy
Still of the Night (1982) Doctor Sam Rice
All That Jazz (1979) Joe Gideon
Last Embrace (1979) Harry Hannan
Jaws 2 (1978) Police Chief Martin Brody
Sorcerer (1977) Jackie Scanlon / Juan Dominguez
Marathon Man (1976) Henry Levy
Jaws (1975) Police Chief Martin Brody
Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (1975) Sam Stoneman
The Seven
Un homme est mort (1972) Lenny
Attentat, L' (1972) Michael Howard
Assignment: Munich (1972) (TV) Jake Webster
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (1972) (TV)
Cannon Dan Bowen (1 episode, 1971)
The French Connection (1971) Det. Buddy 'Cloudy' Russo
Klute (1971) Frank Ligourin
Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970) Mark
Loving (1970) Skip
Stiletto (1969) Bennett
Paper Lion (1968) (uncredited) No credit
Star! (1968) (uncredited)
N.Y.P.D. Paul Jason (1 episode, 1968)
The Secret Storm (1954) TV Series Bob Hill #1 (1967)
Coronet Blue (1 episode, 1967)
Hallmark Hall of Fame Francesco Barberini (1 episode, 1966)
Lamp at Midnight (1966) (TV)
Love of Life (1951) TV Series Jonas Falk (1965
Camera Three Face (1 episode, 1964)
The Curse of the Living Corpse (1964) (as Roy R. Sheider) Philip Sinclair


Graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster PA, USA

He was originally cast as "Michael" in The Deer Hunter (1978), as the second movie of a three movie deal with Universal Studios. Because he did not believe that the character would travel around the world to find his friend, he quit the picture. Universal executives were furious, but they agreed to let him out of his Universal contract if he made Jaws 2 (1978), which he did. He later regarded pulling out of The Deer Hunter (1978) as the career decision he most regrets.

He was offered the lead role in The Omen (1976) and reportedly was very interested in taking the role, but had to turn in down due to previous commitments. Consequently, his desire to play that type of role (a self-sacrificing, noble hero) led to his accepting the role of "Chief Brody" in Jaws (1975).

His name was inspiration for Japanese enterprise Toei create TV Series "Uchû keiji Shaider" (1984).

Underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. (June 2005)

Attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, home of future graduates Elisabeth Shue and Andrew Shue, Zach Braff, Lauryn Hill, and Ahmed Best.

Has played the President of the United States 3 times.

He is a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

On March 4, 2007, Scheider was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the SunDeis Film Festival at Brandeis University, following a screening of his classic film All That Jazz (1979). It was the sixth time that Scheider had seen the film, and the first time for his young daughter, Molly, who accompanied him.

Was in talks to appear in The Verdict (1982).



Spouse : Brenda King (11 February 1989 - present) 2 children, Cynthia Scheider (8 November 1962 - 1989) (divorced) 1 child

One daughter, Maximillia, with ex-wife Cynthia Scheider.

Son, Christian Scheider, and daugher, Molly, with wife Brenda King.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 24/11/2007 by abdest
  • Last update: 02/03/2008 by abdest

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