11/02/2008

Roy Scheider - you will be missed.

Roy Scheider died yesterday after suffering from a form of cancer known as multiple myeloma. He was 75 at the time of his death.

Best remembered for his award winning performances in Jaws and The French Connection the actor with an instantly recognisable face and voice will be sorely missed.

Of all the people to miss him most will obviously be his wife and three children.

Scheider rose to fame in the early seventies with Klute followed by The French Connection then Jaws. His presence on film dwindled a little but he cemented his fame in the early nineties TV show SeaQuest DSV. Something I enjoyed watching a great deal and together with that shark movie he fixed him self in place as a genre fan favourite.

Always a great presence be it on TV or film, the talent and gruff warmth he brought to all his roles will be remembered.

Richard Dreyfuss, his co-star in Jaws said the following:

“He was a wonderful guy. He was what I call 'a knockaround actor'. A 'knockaround actor' to me is a compliment that means a professional that lives the life of a professional actor and doesn’t’ yell and scream at the fates and does his job and does it as well as he can.”

Roy, were gonna need a bigger boat. Rest in peace.

1 comment:

Darbz said...

Shame an icon has passed away. A ledgend who featured in such films as Jaws and The French Connection and who's line from Jaws "You're gonna need a bigger boat" has been assimilated into the American language, will be missed greatly.