Robert Shaw (1927-1978) played Amity’s most colorful character, the Ahab-like Quint, who offers to kill the shark. Quint has a reason to hate sharks; he was a survivor of a harrowing incident during World War II, which he reveals in a chilling scene. The town is initially unwilling to pay Quint’s bounty of $10,000, and instead offers up $3,000, which prompts amateur shark hunters for miles around to take to the seas. The townspeople finally give in to Quint’s demands, and he heads out in his old boat, the Orca to do battle with the shark.
Robert Shaw was an accomplished actor, author, and playwright when Steven Spielberg cast him in JAWS. A Best Supporting Actor nominee for A Man For All Seasons (1966), Mr. Shaw had several memorable roles, including the James Bond film From Russia With Love (1963), The Sting (1973) and Black Sunday (1977).