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Actor Roy Scheider Dead at 75

Written by: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer

ImageSource: CNN, AP

Roy Scheider, star of Jaws and Marathon Man, died yesterday.

We've all seen Scheider in a lot of movies, but naturally he'll remain best known for his role as the chief of Police in Amity Island, the resort town terrorized by a killer shark in Jaws.

I actually didn't see Jaws until I was in college. I've seen it many times since then, of course, and it's lost none of its impact – mostly thanks to Scheider, who out-acts Richard Dreyfuss' hammy undersea scientist and simply has more screen time than Robert Shaw's modern-day Ahab.

As for kudos, Scheider received two Oscar nominations: One best supporting actor nod for The French Connection and one best actor nomination for All That Jazz.


Author: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer

Robert J. Peterson is a writer and web developer living in Los Angeles. A Tennessee native, he graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He’s written for newspapers and websites all over the country, including the Marin Independent Journal, the Telluride Daily Planet,, Offscreen, and He co-hosts the podcasts Make It So and Hiram’s Lodge. He’s appeared as a pop-culture guru on the web talk shows Comics on Comics, The Fanbase Press Week In Review, Collider Heroes, ScreenJunkies TV Fights, and Fandom Planet. He’s the founder of California Coldblood Books.

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