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Roy Scheider

Roy Scheider


11/10/1932, Orange, New Jersey



Birth Name

Roy Richard Scheider



Also Known As

Roy R. Sheider
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  • Roy Sheider in  Jaws
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With a weather-beaten face and acerbic wit, Roy Scheider made a name for himself as a character actor and has turned in award-nominated performances on film and TV.

His breakout role was in 1971's The French Connection, where he played Gene Hackman's partner and got an Oscar…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Remembering Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss said "He was a wonderful guy," recalling his Jaws co-star as an actor who "does his job and does it as well as he can."

    • Roy Scheider wrote an article for the April 1984 issue of Playboy.

    • Roy Scheider's real-life wife, Brenda King, played the wife of his character on seaQuest DSV.

    • Roy Scheider graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

    • Roy Scheider has been nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for The French Connection (1971) and Best Actor for (1979).

    • In a scene in Jaws where Brody, Hooper and Quint compare battle scars, Brody lifts his shirt to reveal a scar from an appendectomy. This is actually Roy Scheider's scar, not a make-up job.

    • During rehearsals for the scene in Jaws in which Chief Brody is slapped by Mrs. Kintner, Roy Scheider was actually being hit in the face. Actress Lee Fierro was apparently unable to fake the slap, and Scheider has said the takes of that scene were the "most painful" of his career.

    • Roy Scheider has played two characters with pet dolphins: Heywood Floyd in 2010 and Captain Nathan Bridger on seaQuest DSV.

    • Roy Scheider was cast in The Punisher because he lived next door to the film's director, Jonathan Hensleigh.

    • Finally fed up with seaQuest DSV, Roy Scheider wanted to leave the series after its second season. However, he was still under contract; producers resolved this by having Scheider's character of Captain Bridger make only occasional appearances in the third season.

    • Roy Scheider was offered (and was very interested in taking) the part of Robert Thorn in The Omen, but could not accept because of a scheduling conflict.

    • In preparing for their roles in The French Connection, Roy Scheider and Gene Hackman patrolled with real-life NYPD cops Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso for a month to research their characters.

    • Roy Scheider has played the President of the United States in three films: Chain of Command (2000); The Peacekeeper (1997); and Executive Target (1997).

    • The famous "You're gonna need a bigger boat" line from Jaws was improvised by Roy Scheider.

    • During the filming of Jaws, when Chief Brody is trapped on the sinking boat, Roy Scheider did not trust the crew to rescue him in case of an emergency, so he hid axes and hatchets around the cabin just in case something happened.

    • Roy Scheider is a brother in the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

    • Roy Scheider was originally cast as Michael in The Deer Hunter, which would have been the second movie of a three picture deal with Universal. Because he did not believe that the character would travel around the world to find his friend, he quit the movie. Universal executives were furious, but they let him out of his contract when he agreed to do Jaws 2. The character of Michael was played instead by Robert DeNiro.

    • On March 4, 2007, Roy Scheider was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the SunDeis Film Festival at Brandeis University, after a screening of his Bob Fosse film All That Jazz.

    • Unhappy with the direction seaQuest DSV went in its second season, Roy Scheider became increasingly critical of the series in the press, referring to it at one point as "childish trash."

    • In June 2005, Roy Scheider had a bone marrow transplant to treat multiple myeloma.

  • Quotes

    • Roy Scheider: I've been fortunate to do what I consider three landmark films. The French Connection spawned a whole era of the relationship between two policemen, based on an enormous amount of truth about working on the job. Jaws was the first big, blockbuster outdoor-adventure film. And certainly All That Jazz is not like any old MGM musical. Each one of these films is unique, and I consider myself fortunate to be associated with them.

    • Roy Scheider: (describing his "Jaws" character, Martin Brody) If you go back and look at the way it's developed and built, that is really a funny character. He's a fumbler with all kinds of inhibitions and fears _ that's the way we built that character.

    • Roy Scheider: You read a lot about movies with budgets of $25 to 30 million. Hell, if a studio can piss away that kind of money, why not let 'em piss on me?

    • Roy Scheider: The important thing is to do good work, no matter what medium you do it in.



    Calibra Pictures is pleased to announce the release of the trailer for Roy Scheider's last film "Iron Cross". The revenge thriller, written and directed by Joshua Newton, will be previewed towards the end of the year in Los Angeles, following our Roy Scheider Film Week, dates and location tbc. The trailer can be downloaded securely from the following yousendit.com link: http://rcpt.yousendit.com/674374016/2c8d2c044adbfe73d4293fc995eca0cb

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  • One more for Roy

    I'll miss him - he was one of my favorite small movie actors. "The Last Embrace" had wonderful chemistry between him and the late Janet Margolin, and in "The Seven-ups" and "52 Pick-up" he was marvelously driven and merciless. His voice was also extremely distinctive, with lots of sharp notes in his intonations. And yet there is still more of his work to come right?

    His Oscar nominations for "All That Jazz" and "French Connection" were well deserved. A sad loss to the acting world. His last movie Iron Cross is yet to come out - lets hope that it does the legend of Roy justice.

    Rest easy big guy.moreless