Monday, February 11, 2008

Roy Scheider 1932-2008

Roy Scheider has passed away at the age of 75. The cause was multiple melanoma. He was nominated for an Oscar for best-supporting actor in 1971's The French Connection in which he played the police partner of Oscar winner Gene Hackman and for best-actor for 1979's All That Jazz, the autobiographical Bob Fosse film.
However, he was best known for his role in Steven Spielberg's 1975 film, Jaws, the enduring classic about a killer shark terrorizing beachgoers as well as millions of moviegoers. It was the first real summer blockbuster and the first film to earn $100 million at the box office. In 2005, one of Scheider's most famous lines in the movie — "You're gonna need a bigger boat" — was voted No. 35 on the American Film Institute's list of best quotes from the U.S. He molded the characters of police Chief Brody and his family into people we cared about deeply. Rest in peace, Roy. And we're still "gonna need a bigger boat." You will be missed.

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