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Roy Scheider

Highest Rated:   100% The Shark Is Still Working (2006)
Lowest Rated:   0% Dracula II: Ascension (2003)
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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
No Score Yet Citizen Verdict
  • Bull Tyler
2005
No Score Yet Carrier: Arsenal of the Sea
  • Actor
2005
57% 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
60% 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
92% 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
82% 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
22% Romeo Is Bleeding
  • Falcone
1993
No Score Yet When It Was a Game 2
  • Actor
1992
71% Naked Lunch
  • Dr. Benway
1991
No Score Yet The Secrets of Dick Smith
  • Actor
1991
75% 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
46% 52 Pick-Up
  • Harry Mitchell
1986
No Score Yet The Men's Club
  • Cavanaugh
1986
95% Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Voice-over
1985
No Score Yet Follies in Concert
  • Actor
1985
66% 2010
  • Dr. Heywood Floyd
1984
No Score Yet In Our Hands
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Tiger Town
  • Billy Young
1983
84% Blue Thunder
  • Officer Frank Murphy
1983
67% 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
33% Last Embrace
  • Harry Hannan
1979
57% Jaws 2
  • Police Chief Martin Brody
1978
80% Sorcerer
  • Jackie Scanlon/"Juan Dominguez"
1977
80% Marathon Man
  • Doc Levy
1976
97% Jaws
  • Martin Brody
1975
No Score Yet Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York
  • Sam
1975
No Score Yet 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
97% 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
No Score Yet 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 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 Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1985

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