A Tribute to Roy Scheider
Roy Richard Scheider was born on November 10, 1932, he was an American actor and amateur boxer.
He was best known for his leading role as Police Chief Martin C. Brody in the first two “Jaws” movies, choreographer and film director Joe Gideon in “All That Jazz”, Detective Buddy “Cloudy” Russo in “The French Connection”, and Captain Nathan Bridger in the science fiction television series seaQuest DSV.
Scheider’s final performance was posthumously released in the 2011 thriller Iron Cross. Described by AllMovie as “one of the most unique and distinguished of all Hollywood actors”, Scheider was nominated for two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award.
He was a voracious reader.
He competed in several sports, including boxing, which he participated in through the local YMCA. A 140-pound welterweight, Scheider made it to the finals of the New Jersey Diamond Glove championships in 1951. During the competition, an opponent broke Scheider’s nose, giving it its distinctive shape.
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” was voted No. 35 on the American Film Institute’s list of best quotes from movies.
“All That Jazz” is a semi-autobiographical story about famous choreographer and director Bob Fosse.
Because Scheider played Fosse, the actor had to learn how to dance for the role. He won a Golden Globe for this extraordinary performance and his second Academy Award nomination.