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