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Roy Scheider was an American actor known for films like, ‘The French Connection’, ‘Jaws’, ‘Jaws 2’ and ‘Marathon Man’

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BirthdayNovember 10, 1932
Died onFebruary 10, 2008
NationalityAmerican
FamousRutgers University, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
City/StateNew Jersey
SpousesBrenda Siemer, Cynthia Bebout
SiblingsRoy Bernhard Scheider
Known asRoy Richard Scheider, Roy R. Scheider Roy Schneider
Universities
  • Rutgers University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Rutgers University
Notable Alumnis
  • Rutgers University
Birth PlaceOrange, New Jersey, USA
GenderMale
FatherA
MotherAnna Scheider
Sun SignScorpio
Born inOrange, New Jersey, USA
Famous asActor
Died at Age75

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Who is Roy Scheider?

Roy Scheider was an exceptionally talented American actor who rose to fame, playing tough guy characters in films like, ‘The French Connection’, ‘Jaws’, its sequel ‘Jaws 2’ and ‘Marathon Man’. Son of an auto mechanic, Scheider did not intend to become an actor early in his life. In fact, he was initially interested in athletics. He played baseball and served as an amateur boxer in the Diamond Gloves Boxing Tournament before the acting bug bit him. He learned acting from Rutgers and Franklin and Marshall College. He made his debut in films in 1963 with 'The Curse of the Living Corpse’. After a couple of average films, he got his big breakthrough in cinema in 1971 with the films, ‘Klute’ and ‘The French Connection’. Soon, his reputation as a tough guy character in the film industry was seeded. Thereafter he was cast for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’, a movie adaptation of Peter Benchley’s bestselling novel of the same name. ‘Jaws’ became the most successful film in Scheider’s career. For years, it held the record of being the most grossing film of all time. After the phenomenal success of ‘Jaws’, Scheider featured in ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Jaws 2’, ‘Blue Thunder’, ‘Romeo is Bleeding’ and so on. Apart from films, he also appeared in television shows, such as Steven Spielberg’s ‘Seaquest DSV’, ‘Third Watch’, ‘Love of Life’ and ‘The Secret Storm’

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Childhood & Early Life

Roy Scheider was born on November 10, 1932 in Orange, New Jersey to Irish Catholic mother Anna Scheider and German American Protestant father Roy Bernhard Scheider. Senior Scheider was an auto mechanic by profession.

In his early days, young Scheider had a great passion for athletics. He took part in various baseball and boxing competitions. Weighing 140 lbs, he competed in welterweight category.

He boxed as an amateur for three years from 1946 to 1949 and even competed at the Diamond Gloves Boxing Tournament where he sustained a broken nose. Scheider turned the tournament in his favour after a loss to Myron Greenberg by recording 13 knockout victories back to back.

On the academic front, Scheider attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. He was bit by the acting bug during his student days. He let go off his passion for boxing and instead turned to acting.

He studied drama at Rutgers University and Franklin and Marshall College, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

Career

Post his studies, he made a short stint in military by serving as an officer in the United States Air Force where he rose to the rank of First Lieutenant. Thereafter, he made his debut on stage with the play, ‘Stephen D’ at the New York Shakespeare Festival for which he even won an Obie Award.

Scheider breakthrough in films came in 1963 with the horror film, ‘The Curse of the Living Corpse’. Following his debut, he was cast in two films in 1968, ‘Star’ and ‘Paper Lion’.

Though he was a couple of films old in the film industry, yet he did not gain popularity until 1971. That year, he played two spectacular roles - the first being for Jane Fonda’s thriller ‘Klute’ and later as Det. Buddy Russo in crime-drama ‘The French Connection’, featuring alongside Gene Hackman. His role of a fictionalized tough street cop won him an Academy Award nomination.

Scheider’s tough street cop role in ‘The French Connection’ was so much appreciated that he bagged yet another tough cop role as NYC Det Buddy Manucci in the 1973 underappreciated ‘The Seven-Ups’. The film had one of the best car chase sequences ever.

In 1975, he portrayed the role of Chief Martin Brody in ‘Jaws’ featuring Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfus. A Steven Spielberg film, it was based on Peter Benchley’s bestselling novel of the same name. The film went on to become a blockbuster and for years remained the highest grossing film of all time. His acting in the film earned him rave reviews.

Following the super successful 'Jaws', he appeared as Doc Levy, a shady secret agent in ‘Marathon Man’ alongside Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier. Later, he reunited with ‘The French Connection’ director, William Friedkinfor ‘Sorcerer’ in 1976. It was a remake of the 1953 French film ‘Le Salaire de la peur’.

His next release was for Universal Studios’ ‘Jaws 2’, a sequel to ‘Jaws’. Released in 1978, the film fulfilled a contractual obligation made by Scheider towards Universal Studios for originally staring in ‘The Deer Hunter’.

Year 1979 saw a revamp of image for Scheider’s on-stage persona. Until then known for portraying roles of tough cops, he took a role reversal to play the character of Joe Gideon, a womanizer and drug popping choreographer in ‘All That Jazz’. The film, a semi-autobiographical, was based on the life of Bob Fosse, director and co-writer of the film. ‘All That Jazz’ was a major hit and earned him his second Academy Award nomination.

He followed up the success of ‘All That Jazz’ with the 1983 flick, ‘Blue Thunder’. A John Badham film, it revolves around a fictitious technologically-advanced prototype attack helicopter which provided security over Los Angeles during the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.

In 1984, he starred in Peter Hyams’ ‘2010’ capping the role of Dr Heywood Floyd.The film was a sequel to the 1968’s science fiction classic film,‘2001: A Space Odyssey’.

He started the decade of 1990s featuring as a smart-talking CIA operative with MI6 in ‘The Russia House’ alongside Sean Connery. Next year, he starred as Dr Benway in the film adaptation of William S. Burroughs' novel ‘Naked Lunch’. In 1994, he played a mob boss in the Gary Oldman crime film ‘Romeo Is Bleeding’. Three years later, he appeared as a CEO of a corrupt insurance company in John Grisham's ‘The Rainmaker’.

In the new millennium, he featured in a couple of films, some of which include ‘Daybreak’, ‘The Doorway’, ‘Time Lapse’, ‘The Punisher’, ‘The Poet’,‘If I Didn't Care’ and ‘Chicago 10’.

Other than films, he played the lead role of Captain Nathan Bridger in Steven Spielberg’s tele-series, ‘Sea Quest DSV’. In it, he served as the captain of a futuristic submarine. Scheider appeared for three seasons of the show. He also guest-starred as Fyodor Chevchenko on the NBC television series ‘Third Watch’.

Acting apart, Scheider played host to the television show ‘Saturday Night Live’. He also gave his voice for several episodes of the television series ‘Family Guy’. He guest-starred in ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ episode ‘Endgame’ as serial killer Mark Ford Brady. He even narrated and produced 2006 Jaw’s documentary ‘The Shark is Still Working’. Posthumously, two of his movies released, a horror flick ‘Dark Honeymoon’ and thriller ‘Iron Cross’. In the latter he portrayed Joseph, a holocaust survivor with a propensity for justice. The film was inspired by director Joshua Newton’s late father Bruno Newton. ‘Iron Cross’ was released in 2011.

Major Works

In his more than forty decades of acting career, Scheider gave some of the most scintillating performances which kept the audience hungry for more. His best came in the decade of 1970s when he featured in big blockbusters, including, ‘The French Connection’, ‘Jaws’, ‘Jaws 2’, ‘Marathon Man’, ‘Sorcerer’ and ‘All That Jazz’. ‘Jaws’ was a major smash hit and went on to become the highest grossing film of all time, a record it held for years. It was the first film in the history of cinema to gross more than $100 million. His most famous line in ‘Jaws’, the ad-libbed ‘You're gonna need a bigger boat,’ was voted No. 35 on the American Film Institute's list of best quotes from movies.

Awards& Achievements

In 1985, he was inducted in his Alma mater, Columbia High School’s Hall of Fame.

In 2007, he received one of the two annually-presented Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Sun Deis Film Festival in Waltham, Massachusetts.

In his four decades career, he twice received Academy Award nominations, one Golden Globe and one BAFTA nomination.

Personal Life & Legacy

Scheider twice married in his lifetime. His first marriage was to Cynthia Bebout in 1962. The couple was blessed with a daughter, Maximillia. They divorced in 1986.

He then married actress Brenda Siemer in 1989. With her, he had a son, Christian. The couple adopted a daughter Molly. They remained married until his death in 2008.

In 2004, Scheider was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of white blood cells. He underwent a bone marrow transplantation to treat the cancer in June 2005.

His bad health condition relapsed in 2008 causing his death on February 10, 2008, in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital. Reports claimed the cause of his death as complications from a staph infection.

Posthumously a biography titled ‘Roy Scheider: A Life’ was released to pay tribute to the life and works of Scheider. It included compiling reviews, essays and narration on his life and extensive career.

Trivia

An amateur boxer in his early days, Scheider had originally taken up boxing to lose weight. It was on the insistence of his coach he competed professionally.

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Roy Scheider biography timelines

  • // 10th Nov 1932
    Roy Scheider was born on November 10, 1932 in Orange, New Jersey to Irish Catholic mother Anna Scheider and German American Protestant father Roy Bernhard Scheider. Senior Scheider was an auto mechanic by profession.
  • // 1946 To 1949
    He boxed as an amateur for three years from 1946 to 1949 and even competed at the Diamond Gloves Boxing Tournament where he sustained a broken nose. Scheider turned the tournament in his favour after a loss to Myron Greenberg by recording 13 knockout victories back to back.
  • // 1953 To 1976
    Following the super successful 'Jaws', he appeared as Doc Levy, a shady secret agent in ‘Marathon Man’ alongside Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier. Later, he reunited with ‘The French Connection’ director, William Friedkinfor ‘Sorcerer’ in 1976. It was a remake of the 1953 French film ‘Le Salaire de la peur’.
  • // 1962 To 1986
    Scheider twice married in his lifetime. His first marriage was to Cynthia Bebout in 1962. The couple was blessed with a daughter, Maximillia. They divorced in 1986.
  • // 1963 To 1968
    Scheider breakthrough in films came in 1963 with the horror film, ‘The Curse of the Living Corpse’. Following his debut, he was cast in two films in 1968, ‘Star’ and ‘Paper Lion’.
  • // 1971
    Though he was a couple of films old in the film industry, yet he did not gain popularity until 1971. That year, he played two spectacular roles - the first being for Jane Fonda’s thriller ‘Klute’ and later as Det. Buddy Russo in crime-drama ‘The French Connection’, featuring alongside Gene Hackman. His role of a fictionalized tough street cop won him an Academy Award nomination.
  • // 1973
    Scheider’s tough street cop role in ‘The French Connection’ was so much appreciated that he bagged yet another tough cop role as NYC Det Buddy Manucci in the 1973 underappreciated ‘The Seven-Ups’. The film had one of the best car chase sequences ever.
  • // 1975
    In 1975, he portrayed the role of Chief Martin Brody in ‘Jaws’ featuring Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfus. A Steven Spielberg film, it was based on Peter Benchley’s bestselling novel of the same name. The film went on to become a blockbuster and for years remained the highest grossing film of all time. His acting in the film earned him rave reviews.
  • // 1978
    His next release was for Universal Studios’ ‘Jaws 2’, a sequel to ‘Jaws’. Released in 1978, the film fulfilled a contractual obligation made by Scheider towards Universal Studios for originally staring in ‘The Deer Hunter’.
  • // 1979
    Year 1979 saw a revamp of image for Scheider’s on-stage persona. Until then known for portraying roles of tough cops, he took a role reversal to play the character of Joe Gideon, a womanizer and drug popping choreographer in ‘All That Jazz’. The film, a semi-autobiographical, was based on the life of Bob Fosse, director and co-writer of the film. ‘All That Jazz’ was a major hit and earned him his second Academy Award nomination.
  • // 1983 To 1984
    He followed up the success of ‘All That Jazz’ with the 1983 flick, ‘Blue Thunder’. A John Badham film, it revolves around a fictitious technologically-advanced prototype attack helicopter which provided security over Los Angeles during the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.
  • // 1985
    In 1985, he was inducted in his Alma mater, Columbia High School’s Hall of Fame.
  • // 1989 To 2008
    He then married actress Brenda Siemer in 1989. With her, he had a son, Christian. The couple adopted a daughter Molly. They remained married until his death in 2008.
  • // 1994
    He started the decade of 1990s featuring as a smart-talking CIA operative with MI6 in ‘The Russia House’ alongside Sean Connery. Next year, he starred as Dr Benway in the film adaptation of William S. Burroughs' novel ‘Naked Lunch’. In 1994, he played a mob boss in the Gary Oldman crime film ‘Romeo Is Bleeding’. Three years later, he appeared as a CEO of a corrupt insurance company in John Grisham's ‘The Rainmaker’.
  • // 2004 To Jun 2005
    In 2004, Scheider was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of white blood cells. He underwent a bone marrow transplantation to treat the cancer in June 2005.
  • // 2006 To 2011
    Acting apart, Scheider played host to the television show ‘Saturday Night Live’. He also gave his voice for several episodes of the television series ‘Family Guy’. He guest-starred in ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ episode ‘Endgame’ as serial killer Mark Ford Brady. He even narrated and produced 2006 Jaw’s documentary ‘The Shark is Still Working’. Posthumously, two of his movies released, a horror flick ‘Dark Honeymoon’ and thriller ‘Iron Cross’. In the latter he portrayed Joseph, a holocaust survivor with a propensity for justice. The film was inspired by director Joshua Newton’s late father Bruno Newton. ‘Iron Cross’ was released in 2011.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, he received one of the two annually-presented Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Sun Deis Film Festival in Waltham, Massachusetts.
  • // 10th Feb 2008
    His bad health condition relapsed in 2008 causing his death on February 10, 2008, in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital. Reports claimed the cause of his death as complications from a staph infection.

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Roy Scheider's FAQ

  • What is Roy Scheider birthday?

    Roy Scheider was born at 1932-11-10

  • When was Roy Scheider died?

    Roy Scheider was died at 2008-02-10

  • Where was Roy Scheider died?

    Roy Scheider was died in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

  • Which age was Roy Scheider died?

    Roy Scheider was died at age 75

  • Where is Roy Scheider's birth place?

    Roy Scheider was born in Orange, New Jersey, USA

  • What is Roy Scheider nationalities?

    Roy Scheider's nationalities is American

  • Who is Roy Scheider spouses?

    Roy Scheider's spouses is Brenda Siemer, Cynthia Bebout

  • Who is Roy Scheider siblings?

    Roy Scheider's siblings is Roy Bernhard Scheider

  • What was Roy Scheider universities?

    Roy Scheider studied at Rutgers University, Franklin & Marshall College, Rutgers University

  • What was Roy Scheider notable alumnis?

    Roy Scheider's notable alumnis is Rutgers University

  • Who is Roy Scheider's father?

    Roy Scheider's father is A

  • Who is Roy Scheider's mother?

    Roy Scheider's mother is Anna Scheider

  • What is Roy Scheider's sun sign?

    Roy Scheider is Scorpio

  • How famous is Roy Scheider?

    Roy Scheider is famouse as Actor