Roy Scheider dies in Little Rock at 75

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February

Tbdroyscheider021208 Actor Roy Scheider, best known for his role as the police chief in the 1975 blockbuster Jaws, died Sunday at a hospital in Little Rock, Ark., after being treated the past two years for multiple myeloma. He was 75.

Known for uttering one of the best-known movie lines of the last 35 years (“You’re gonna need a bigger boat”), Scheider reprised his role in the semi-decent sequel Jaws 2, and had the good sense to escape the franchise before the stinkfests that were Jaws 3-D and Jaws: The Revenge.

Though he achieved enduring fame with his role in Jaws, his acting chops extended well beyond battling 25-foot sharks. He was twice nominated for Academy Awards — for his 1971 role as a tough street cop in The French Connection, and as director Bob Fosse in All That Jazz (1979).

His death leaves only Richard Dreyfuss alive among Jaws’ shark hunting trio: Robert Shaw died in 1978.

[Photo: Scheider in 2004. Getty Images]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:34am]

    

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