Sunday, February 10, 2008

Actor Roy Scheider Dies at Age 75

Actor Roy Scheider, best known as the police chief in the killer-shark movie "Jaws," died Sunday at age 75 at a hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. The hospital didn't release a cause of death, but someone at the hospital said that Scheider had been treated at the hospital for multiple myeloma for the last two years.

The 1975 blockbuster "Jaws," the first movie to earn $100 million at the box office, was an unforgettable role for Schieder. But he was also nominated for the golden statue for his role in 1971's "The French Connection." I'll always remember him for his role in 1979's "All That Jazz," an autobiographical film about dance director Bob Fosse, and I can still picture him getting out of bed in the morning, popping a bunch of pills, looking into the mirror, and saying, "It's showtime!" Scheider was nominated for best actor for that film.

According to an article from the Associated Press, "In 2005, one of Scheider's most famous lines in the movie — "You're gonna need a bigger boat" — was voted No. 35 on the American Film Institute's list of best quotes from U.S. movies."

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