Roy Scheider (1932-2008) played Amity Police Chief Martin Brody, who came to Amity along with his wife and two young sons to escape the dangers of being a New York City cop. He gets more than he bargained for when he has to contend with a monstrous great white shark. After several grisly shark attacks, Brody tries to close Amity’s beaches, only to be stopped by the town Mayor, who fears that Amity’s tourism would be hurt by such a move. Finally, the mayor relents and Brody joins the expedition to kill the shark, leading to a final showdown.
Mr. Scheider reprised the role of Brody in JAWS 2 (1978), directed by Jeannot Szwarc.
Mr. Scheider has had a number of memorable roles in addition to JAWS. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Gene Hackman’s partner in William Friedkin’s The French Connection (1971). He was also nominated, this time for Best Actor, for his tour de force performance in Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz (1979). In later years, Mr. Scheider starred on the NBC television series SeaQuest DSV (1993-1995).
Mr. Scheider passed away on February 10, 2008. He has two films slated to be released in 2008 – Iron Cross and Dark Honeymoon. He also recorded the narration track for the upcoming JAWS documentary The Shark is Still Working (2008). He will be greatly missed by the JAWS community.