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Born in Orange, N.J., on Nov. 10, 1932, Roy Scheider shifted his career ambitions from athletics to acting when he began studying drama during his college years. Following a stint in the Air Force, Scheider debuted on stage with the New York Shakespeare Festival in "Romeo and Juliet."

Between 1962 and '67, Scheider appeared in the soap operas "The Edge of Night," "Love of Life" and "The Secret Storm." His breakthrough came in 1971 with the tense thriller Klute, succeeded by his Oscar-nominated turn in The French Connection. He made a big splash in the box-office blockbuster Jaws (1975) and its sequel, Jaws 2 (1978).

Looking for a change of pace from his tough-cop screen persona, Scheider starred in the musical roman à clef All That Jazz (1979), snagging another Academy Award nod. The actor returned to television in 1993 with the sci-fi series "SeaQuest DSV." He died Feb. 10, 2008.

Roy Scheider in Sorcerer


1977 PG

William Friedkin directs this tale based on the French suspense film The Wages of Fear. Four men (Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Amidou and Francisco Rabal), each from a different country, are exiled to a South American town, where they're approached by an American company with a tempting proposition: transport the volatile substance nitroglycerin over perilous terrain for a healthy wage and a promise of legal citizenship.

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