Roy Scheider

Roy Scheider

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Shark Is Still Working (2006)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Dracula II: Ascension (2003)
  • Birthday: Nov 10, 1932
  • Birthplace: Orange, New Jersey, USA
  • One of the most unique and distinguished of all Hollywood actors, Roy Scheider first hit his career peak in the 1970s, and will forever be associated with the "American film renaissance" of that decade thanks to his prominent billing in four vital motion pictures from the period: The French Connection (1971), Klute (1971), Jaws (1975), and All That Jazz (1979). As this list demonstrates, Scheider exhibited versatility in choice of material. He also, however, established a trademark persona that carried him from project to project: that of a slightly sardonic, wizened everyman who nonetheless evinced an unmistakable degree of sensitivity and emotional fragility beneath a tough exterior. Born November 10, 1932, in Rutgers, New Jersey, Scheider attended Rutgers University, as well as Franklin and Marshall College, where he studied history; meanwhile, an early boxing injury (in the New Jersey Diamond Gloves Competition) left Scheider with a broken nose that would soon become one of his trademarks. He subsequently joined the United States Air Force and served three years, ascending to the rank of first lieutenant, then returned to Franklin and Marshall for drama work, beginning with a much-acclaimed performance in Shakespeare's Richard III. Scheider inaugurated his professional career as a thespian by cutting his chops on the New York stage, as Mercutio in the New York Shakespeare Festival's 1961 production of Romeo and Juliet, and appeared in a couple of shoestring-budget cheapies (such as the 1963 Curse of the Living Corpse). Additional movie roles followed, but the actor really only made his breakthrough in 1971, with two of the said parts -- in Klute (as the pimp of hooker Bree Daniels) and in William Friedkin's groundbreaking cop thriller The French Connection (as Buddy Russo, the somewhat low-key and subdued partner of Gene Hackman's manic Popeye Doyle). An additional cop role, in The Seven-Ups (1973), followed, but by this point, Scheider had reportedly grown concerned that he would be pegged and typecast as a policeman and decided to branch out with an offbeat turn in the romantic comedy Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (1975). When that picture unequivocally flopped, Steven Spielberg helped rescue Scheider (and in many ways put the actor on the proverbial map) by casting him as the lead, Police Chief Martin Brody, in the blockbuster shocker Jaws (1975). After this, roles proliferated; Scheider evoked a death-wish-laden Bob Fosse in the gonzo musical drama All That Jazz (1979, a part he inherited from Jaws co-star Richard Dreyfuss), and also chalked up a series of leads in Hitchcockian thrillers including Jonathan Demme's The Last Embrace (1979) and Robert Benton's Still of the Night (1982). Scheider remained equally active through the 1980s and '90s, though his choice of projects waxed slightly more uneven, ranging from the inspired (1986's 52 Pick-Up, 1990's The Russia House) to the abysmal (1986's The Men's Club). The actor retained a firm hold on his craft, however, and delivered some of the finest work of his career late in the game, with prominent roles in David Cronenberg's 1991 Naked Lunch (as a wiseacre physician) and Bart Freundlich's family-themed psychodrama The Myth of Fingerprints (1997, as a seriously deranged father with a seedy and twisted past). The 1990s also found Scheider embarking on a television career for the first time, with a regular role as Captain Nathan Hale Bridger in Steven Spielberg's sci-fi adventure series seaQuest DSV (1993-1996). Scheider would return to television a decade later, with a recurring portrayal of Fyodor Chevchenko on the prime-time drama Third Watch; in the mean time, the actor continued to tackle roles in additional features and even direct-to-video movies, including Time Lapse (2001), Red Serpent (2002), Wes Craven Presents Dracula II: Ascension (2003), and The Poet (2007). By the mid-2000s, Scheider contracted multiple myeloma and began to suffer from related

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Iron Cross Joseph 2010
No Score Yet Jaws: The Inside Story Actor 2010
81% Chicago 10 Judge Julius Hoffman 2008
37% If I Didn't Care Linus 2007
No Score Yet Dark Honeymoon Actor 2007
No Score Yet Blue Blood Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Poet (Hearts of War) Rabbi 2007
100% The Shark Is Still Working Actor 2006
No Score Yet Shark Hunter: Chasing the Great White Actor 2005
20% Citizen Verdict Bull Tyler 2005
No Score Yet Carrier: Arsenal of the Sea Actor 2005
50% Wes Craven Presents Dracula III: Legacy Cardinal Siqueros 2004
29% The Punisher Frank Castle Sr. $33.7M 2004
No Score Yet Red Serpent Hassan 2003
0% Dracula II: Ascension Cardinal Siqueros 2003
No Score Yet Diamond Hunters Actor 2003
77% A Decade Under the Influence Actor 2003
No Score Yet Regulus: The First Nuclear Missile Submarines Actor 2002
50% King of Texas Westover 2002
No Score Yet Angels Don't Sleep Here Porter 2002
No Score Yet The Good War Col. John Gartner 2002
No Score Yet Daybreak Stan Marshall 2001
No Score Yet NOVA Narrator 2001
No Score Yet Diamond Hunters Jacobus Van der Byl 2001
No Score Yet Time Lapse La Nova 2001
No Score Yet The Doorway Prof. Lamont 2000
No Score Yet Chain of Command Actor 2000
No Score Yet Falling Through Actor 2000
No Score Yet NOVA Narrator 2000
93% RKO 281 George Schaefer 1999
No Score Yet Silver Wolf John Rockwell 1999
No Score Yet The White Raven Tom Heath 1998
No Score Yet The Rage John Taggart 1998
No Score Yet Executive Target President Carlson 1998
No Score Yet Evasive Action Enzo Marcelli 1998
No Score Yet Better Living Tom 1998
No Score Yet John Grisham's The Rainmaker Wilfred Keeley 1997
83% The Rainmaker Wilfred Keeley 1997
60% The Myth of Fingerprints Hal 1997
0% The Peacekeeper The President 1997
No Score Yet Plato's Run Actor 1997
No Score Yet No Money Down Actor 1997
No Score Yet Wild Justice Stride 1994
22% Romeo Is Bleeding Falcone 1993
No Score Yet When It Was a Game 2 Actor 1992
69% Naked Lunch Dr. Benway 1991
No Score Yet The Secrets of Dick Smith Actor 1991
76% The Russia House Russell 1990
No Score Yet Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture Paul Marish 1990
78% The Fourth War Col. Jack Knowles 1990
No Score Yet Night Game Mike Seaver 1989
No Score Yet Listen to Me Charlie Nichols 1989
No Score Yet Cohen and Tate Cohen 1988
No Score Yet Harold Clurman: A Life of Theatre Actor 1988
43% 52 Pick-Up Harry Mitchell 1986
No Score Yet The Men's Club Cavanaugh 1986
89% Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Voice-over 1985
No Score Yet Follies in Concert Actor 1985
65% 2010 Dr. Heywood Floyd 1984
No Score Yet In Our Hands Actor 1984
No Score Yet Tiger Town Billy Young 1983
80% Blue Thunder Officer Frank Murphy 1983
57% Still of the Night Doctor Sam Rice 1982
No Score Yet To Be Young, Gifted & Black Actor 1981
85% All That Jazz Joe Gideon 1979
29% Last Embrace Harry Hannan 1979
60% Jaws 2 Police Chief Martin Brody 1978
79% Sorcerer Jackie Scanlon/"Juan Dominguez" 1977
80% Marathon Man Doc Levy 1976
98% Jaws Martin Brody 1975
No Score Yet Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York Sam 1975
71% The Seven-Ups Buddy Manucci 1973
No Score Yet Un homme est mort (A Man Is Dead), (Funerale a Los Angeles) (The Outside Man) Lenny 1972
98% The French Connection Russo 1971
94% Klute Frank 1971
No Score Yet Puzzle of a Downfall Child Mark 1970
No Score Yet Loving Skip 1970
No Score Yet Stiletto Bennett 1969
No Score Yet Paper Lion (uncredited) 1968
No Score Yet Star! No credit 1968
No Score Yet The Curse of the Living Corpse Philip Sinclair 1964

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2009
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Mark Ford Brady
  • 2007
No Score Yet Third Watch
1999-2005
Chevchenko Fyodor Chevchenko
  • 2002
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
Narrator Voice
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Secrets of the Dead
2000
Narrator
  • 2000
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Narrator Voice
  • 1996
No Score Yet seaQuest DSV
1993-1996
Bridger Capt. Nathan Bridger
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1985

QUOTES FROM Roy Scheider CHARACTERS

Joe Gideon
It's showtime folks!
Joe Gideon
How dare you use my phone to call someone who's not gay!
Chief Martin Brody
Smile, you son of a bitch.
Chief Martin Brody
You're gonna need a bigger boat!
Chief Martin Brody
Smile, you son of a bitch.
Frank Murphy
Catch ya later.
Chief Martin Brody
You're gonna need a bigger boat.
Chief Martin Brody
Smile You Son Of A BITCH!!
Chief Martin Brody
Smile you son of a bitch!
Matt Hooper
(After light on Orca goes out) He ate the light!
Matt Hooper
He ate the light!
Chief Martin Brody
Terrific!
Ellen Brody
What am I gonna tell the kids?
Chief Martin Brody
Tell 'em I'm going fishing.
Chief Martin Brody
(handing Sean to Ellen) Wanna take him home?
Chief Martin Brody
[handing Sean to Ellen] Wanna take him home?
Ellen Brody
Back to New York?
Chief Martin Brody
No... home here.
John Rockwell
What scares you is the same thing that makes you stronger.
Chief Martin Brody
I can do anything; I'm the chief of police.
Chief Martin Brody
Smile, you son of a-
Dr. Benway
Speaking of new uses for old technology, we could use a man of your calibre. A 32, wasn't it?
Dr. Benway
Oh it's all natural, made from giant braziallian centrepedes or some such outlandish thing....
Chief Martin Brody
Smile you son of a.. (shoots the scuba tank in the shark's mouth, the tank explodes and the shark is blown to pieces, laughs manically)
Chief Martin Brody
Smile you son of a.. [shoots the scuba tank in the shark's mouth, the tank explodes and the shark is blown to pieces, laughs manically]
Chief Martin Brody
i used to hate the water.
Chief Martin Brody
I used to hate the water.
Matt Hooper
i cant imagine why.
Matt Hooper
I cant imagine why.
Martin Brody
Alright, you big bastard! Come On! I've got something for ya' now! That's it! Attaboy, come one! Right over here! Open wide OPEN WIDE! SAY AAH!
Matt Hooper
You were on the Indianapolis?
Chief Martin Brody
What happened?
Quint
Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte... just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that when you're in the water, Chief? You tell by looking from the dorsal to the tail fin. What we didn't know, was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin', so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named "The Battle of Waterloo" and the idea was: shark comes to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the shark will go away... but sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they... rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday morning, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boatswain's mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up, down in the water just like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he'd been bitten in half below the waist. Noon, the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us. He swung in low and he saw us... he was a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper. Anyway, he saw us and he come in low and three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and starts to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened... waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.
Chief Martin Brody
It's only an island if you look at it from the water.
Chief Martin Brody
I can do anything I'm the chief of police.
Chief Martin Brody
That's some bad hat Harry.
Mrs. Kintner
Chief Brody?
Chief Martin Brody
Yes?
Mrs. Kintner
(SLAPS him, starts crying) I just found out...that a girl got killed here last week...and you knew it! You knew there was a shark out there! (starts crying harder) You knew it was dangerous, but you let people go swimming anyway? You knew all those things. But still my boy is dead now. And there's nothing you can do about it. My boy is dead. I wanted you to know that. (leaves with her father)
Mrs. Kintner
[slaps him, starts crying] I just found out...that a girl got killed here last week...and you knew it! You knew there was a shark out there! [starts crying harder] You knew it was dangerous, but you let people go swimming anyway? You knew all those things. But still my boy is dead now. And there's nothing you can do about it. My boy is dead. I wanted you to know that. [leaves with her father]
Mayor Larry Vaughn
I'm sorry, Martin. She's wrong.
Chief Martin Brody
No, she's not.
Matt Hooper
"The tide is with us today."(after the death of the shark and as they are paddling to shore)
Matt Hooper
The tide is with us today. [after the death of the shark and as they are paddling to shore]
Chief Martin Brody
"I never liked the water"
Chief Martin Brody
I never liked the water.
Matt Hooper
"I can't imagine why." (last line in the movie)
Matt Hooper
I can't imagine why. [last line in the movie]
Joe Gideon
Don't bullshit the bullshitter
Joe Gideon
Don't bullshit the bullshitter.
Chief Martin Brody
Come here (to his son). Give me a kiss.
Chief Martin Brody
Come here. [to his son] Give me a kiss.
Michael Brody
Why?
Chief Martin Brody
Because I need it.
Ellen Brody
Mikey sure enjoyed his present.
Chief Martin Brody
What's he doing?
Ellen Brody
He's sitting in it.
Chief Martin Brody
(Alarmed) Dear God!
Chief Martin Brody
[alarmed] Dear God!
Chief Martin Brody
Slow ahead...I can go slow ahead! Why don't you come down here and chum of this shit?!
Chief Martin Brody
I can go slow ahead. Come on down here and chum some of this shit.
Chief Martin Brody
You're gonna need a bigger boat.
Chief Martin Brody
Smile you son of a bitch!!!
Chief Martin Brody
Smile you son of a bitch!
Chief Martin Brody
I'm chief of police, I can do anything...
Chief Martin Brody
I can do anything; I'm the chief of police.
Chief Martin Brody
You're gonna need a bigger boat.
Joe Gideon
It's showtime!
Chief Martin Brody
You're gonna need a bigger boat.
Chief Martin Brody
Smile you son of a....
Chief Martin Brody
I think we need a bigger boat!
Quint
We need a bigger boat!