today is a day of mourning for me, as rob scheider has succumbed to cancer. i specifically remember the scene that comes into mind when i hear his name… his body bag being zipped up, while “bye bye love” played on the background, in “all that jazz”.
Jaws Star Roy Scheider Dies
By Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted Sunday February 10, 2008 10:50 PM EST
Roy Scheider in Jaws (1975) Photo by: Everett
Roy Scheider, a two-time Oscar nominee who played the alarmist police chief who famously saves a beach resort in the 1975 blockbuster Jaws and its sequel, died Sunday. He was 75.
Scheider had been battling multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, for the past few years. He died at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock, said a hospital spokesman, who did not specify a cause of death, the Associated Press reports.
He made his professional acting debut in 1961, as Mercutio in a New York Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet. In the following decade he was twice nominated for Academy Awards.
His first Oscar nomination was for his supporting role as a police detective in 1971’s Best Picture winner, The French Connection. His second was for his starring role as the self-destructive choreographer-director Joe Gideon, a thinly veiled Bob Fosse, in Fosse’s autobiographical All That Jazz, in 1979.
Last summer, Scheider, a longtime fixture in New York’s Hamptons, sold his beachfront house to Billy Joel for nearly $18.75 million. The acre property contained a home with four fireplaces built for Scheider and his family in 1994. Scheider then built a new, four-bedroom home in nearby Sag Harbor.
He is survived by his second wife, Brenda Seimer; three children; a brother; and two grandchildren, reports