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Also Known As: Roy Richard Scheider, Roy R Sheider Died: February 10, 2008
Born: November 10, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Orange, New Jersey Profession: actor

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Iron Cross (2010)
2.
 Poet, The (2008)
3.
 Dark Honeymoon (2008)
4.
 Chicago 10 (2007)
5.
 If I Didn't Care (2006)
6.
 Citizen Verdict (2005) Governor Bull Tyler
7.
8.
 Punisher, The (2004) Frank Castle Sr
9.
 Dracula II: Ascension (2003) Cardinal Siqueros
10.
 King of Texas (2002) Westover
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Grew up in Orange, New Jersey
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Suffered a severe bout of rheumatic fever as a child
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Became a amateur boxer as a teen; broke his nose in a match
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Began acting in comic plays in college
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Spent two years with Air Force as air traffic controller
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Returned to college; acted in Shakespeare's "Richard III"
1961:
Professional stage debut as Mercutio in the New York Shakespeare Festival's "Romeo and Juliet"
1961:
Appeared in more than 80 plays
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Appeared in the TV soaps, "Search for Tomorrow" and "The Secret Storm"
1964:
Screen debut (billed as Roy R. Sheider) in "The Curse of the Living Corpse"
1971:
Breakthrough supporting role, "Klute"
1972:
Played Gene Hackman's partner in "The French Connection"; garnered a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination
1975:
Starred as the town police chief in Steven Spielberg's "Jaws"
1976:
Cast as Dustin Hoffman's brother in "Marathon Man"
1977:
Re-teamed with "French Connection" director William Friedkin on "Sorcerer" a remake of "The Wages of Fear"
1978:
Reprised role of Chief Brody in "Jaws 2"
1979:
Earned a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for playing Joe Gideon, the hard-living, exacting choreographer-director (an alter ego for Bob Fosse) in "All That Jazz"
1980:
Returned to the stage after many years in Harold Pinter's "Betrayal"; starred opposite Blythe Danner and Raul Julia
1982:
Starred opposite Meryl Streep in the thriller "Still of the Night"
1983:
Portrayed real-life Agentine newspaper publisher in the NBC drama "Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number"
1984:
Headlined the sequel "2010"
1985:
Narrated "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters"
1990:
Starred in the HBO original drama "Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture"
1990:
Co-starred in "The Russia House"
1993:
TV series debut in a lead role, playing Captain Nathan Bridger on the Spielberg-produced series, "seaQuest DSV" (NBC); left after the second season due to conflicts with the shows direction; had a recurring role in the third season
1997:
Played the patriarch of a dysfunctional family in "The Myth of Fingerprints"
1999:
Appeared in the HBO original drama "RKO 281"
2002:
Cast Marcia Gay Harden in the TV-movie "King of Texas"
2004:
Starred with Thomas Jane and John Travolta in "The Punisher"
2005:
Cast as Governor Bull Tyler in "Citizen Verdict"
2007:
Guest-starred in an episode "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC) as a death row inmate
2007:
Narrated (also associate producer) of the Jaws documentary "The Shark is Still Working"
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Education

Columbia High School: Maplewood , New Jersey -
Rutgers University: New Brunswick , New Jersey -
Franklin and Marshall College: Lancaster , Pennsylvania -

Notes

"Roy Scheider may be as close as one can get to being a "tabula rasa" actor; he brings his role nothing of himself except his physical frame--some sinews, a profile. In "Jaws", as the tenderfoot from the big city who was openly afraid of everything to do with the water, he was an amusingly sane Everyman. And in Bob Fosse's fantasy autobiography "All That Jazz" he was taut and jumpy--strung out. Dressed in black and wearing an extra-pointy Vandyke on his pointy chin, he looked like Basil Rathbone as Robin Hood's enemy Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and he made you feel you were watching Fosse himself. It wasn't an impersonation; it was as if Fosse had taken over his body, from the inside. That's the only role in which Scheider had an exciting presence, and it wasn't his; we seemed to be looking right through him to Fosse ... " --Pauline Kael reviewing Robert Benton's "Still of the Night" in The New Yorker, December 13, 1982.

"There are, I think, three essential attributes every actor should have. ... One is intelligence, but not too much, just enough to make good choices. The audience wants to see the actor's emotion, not his intellect. Two is a certain physical grace, regardless of character, and three is an enormous child-like belief in the make-believe." --Roy Scheider quoted in the press notes for "52 Pick-Up".

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wife:
Cynthia Scheider. Film editor. Married on November 8, 1962; divorced in 1989.
wife:
Brenda King. Documentary filmmaker. Married c. 1989.

Family close complete family listing

daughter:
Maximilia Scheider. Born c. 1963; mother, Cynthia Scheider.
son:
Christian Verrier Scheider. Born on January 20, 1990; mother, Brenda King.
daughter:
Molly Scheider. Born c. 1995; mother, Brenda King.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Bob Fosse's Broadway" Heinemann

Contributions

Thumpersma ( 2008-02-22 )

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Mr. Scheider died on February 11, 2008 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas. Although the hospital did not immediately release Mr. Scheider's cause of death, a spokeswoman for the hospital stated, for the previous two years, Mr. Scheider had been treated for multiple myeloma at the hospial's Myeloma Institite for Reseach and Therapy.

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