Closing Credits: Roy Scheider
Roy Scheider passed away this Sunday aged 75.
He was great and iconic actor who had a number of very recognisable and memorable roles, the best being in Steven Spielberg's Jaws.
However he had other memorable roles, particularly for me, but many of them were as a supporting actor, and I always felt that his leading an status was never truly utilised.
Where it was Roy Scheider was recognised for it with two Oscar nominations. One for The French Connection starring alongside another great actor, Gene Hackman, and in All That Jazz, the autobiographical film of Bob Fosse.
The roles that leapt out at me as I looked through his IMDB career provide an interesting mix - 2010, Blue Thunder, The Russia House, SeaQuest DSV, Naked Lunch, Romeo is Bleeding, Marathon Man. I particularly remember his 2010 and Marathon Man performances well.
Yet it was Jaws that really defined the actor. His role was superb and he gave such a real and every man performance. Interestingly Yahoo News, who have the announcement, said of the film that it launched the era of the Hollywood blockbuster and was the first film to earn more than US $100 million at the box office.
Richard Dreyfuss, his co-star in that film, said of the actor:
“He was a wonderful guy. He was what I call 'a knockaround actor...A 'knockaround actor' to me is a compliment that means a professional that lives the life of a professional actor and doesn't' yell and scream at the fates and does his job and does it as well as he can.”
Iron Cross is his last film, where he played a retired New York policeman who travels back to Nuremberg to visit his son and try and attempt to heal the rifts between them. His character witnessed the massacre of his family in Poland in 1941, and when he meets his son at his apartment he believes that the SS Commander who was responsible for their deaths is living beneath him.
Let's hope that this is a fitting film to end his career.