skip navigation
Roy Scheider

Roy Scheider

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (2)

Recent DVDs

 
 

Klute DVD ... Jane Fonda won an Academy Award for her portrayal of a high class call girl... more info $9.99was $19.98 Buy Now

Hearts Of War... Fight for love in this heart-wrenching tale of forbidden romance, starring... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Naked Lunch:... You are now entering Interzone, William S. Burroughs's phantasmagorical land of... more info $39.95was $39.95 Buy Now

The French... New York City detectives "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

The French... The French Connection:Two narcotics detectives, "Popeye" Doyle and his partner... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

The Horror Of... Enjoy a 1960s cult classic, and one of the first slasher films ever made on one... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died: February 10, 2008
Born: November 10, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Orange, New Jersey Profession: Cast ...
RATE AND COMMENT

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".

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute