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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 Jaws


1975 PG

Director Steven Spielberg virtually invented the summer blockbuster with this white-knuckle adaptation of Peter Benchley's novel about an insatiable great white shark that terrorizes the townspeople of fictional Amity Island. John Williams's legendary score punctuates the tension as the police chief (Roy Scheider), an oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast.

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