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Birth information

10 November 1932 Orange, New Jersey, USA

Death information

10 February 2008 Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Given Name

Roy Richard Scheider

How tall is Roy Scheider?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Brenda Siemer Scheider
Cynthia Scheider

Life Story of Roy Scheider

Lean, angular-faced and authoritatively spoken lead / supporting actor Roy Scheider obviously never heard the old actor's axiom about "never appearing with kids or animals" lest they overshadow your performance. Breaking that rule did him no harm, though, as he achieved pop cult status by finding, fighting and blowing up a 25-foot-long Great White shark (nicknamed "Bruce") in the mega-hit Jaws (1975) and then electrocuting an even bigger Great White in the vastly inferior Jaws 2 (1978).

Athletic Scheider was born in November 1932 in Orange, New Jersey, to Anna (Crosson) and Roy Bernhard Scheider, a mechanic. He was of German and Irish descent. A keen sportsman from a young age, he competed in baseball and boxing (his awkwardly mended broken nose is a result of his foray into Golden Gloves competitions). While at college, his pursuits turned from sports to theater and he studied drama at Rutgers and Franklin and Marshall. After a stint in the military, Scheider appeared with the New York Shakespeare Festival and won an "Obie Award" for his appearance in the play "Stephen D."

His film career commenced with the campy Z-grade horror cheesefest The Curse of the...

Significant features of Roy Scheider

Angular rugged face
Consistently suntan skin
Often played New York City-based characters, though was himself from nearby in Northern New Jersey
Often played the closest thing to a relatable everyman-type in...

How much money has Roy Scheider earned?

Jaws 2 (1978) $400,000

Publications and Magazines about Roy Scheider

Diane Kachmar Roy Scheider: A Film Biography. 2002

Biographical movies about Roy Scheider

All That Jazz: An Interview with Roy Scheider 1979

What movies did Roy Scheider play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of 'Jaws' (2007) ,
Actors Filmography
Iron Cross (2009) Joseph, Family Guy (2009) Roy Scheider / Narrator, Dark Honeymoon (2008) Sam, If I Didn't Care (2007) Linus Boyer, The Poet (2007) Rabbi, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2007) Mark Ford Brady, Chicago 10 (2007) Judge Julius Hoffman, Last Chance (2006) Cumberland, Love Thy Neighbor (2005) Fred, Dracula III: Legacy (2005) Cardinal Siqueros, The Punisher (2004) Frank Castle Sr., Red Serpent (2003) Hassan, Dracula II: Ascension (2003) Cardinal...

Birth information

10 November 1932 Orange, New Jersey, USA

Death information

10 February 2008 Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Given Name

Roy Richard Scheider

How tall is Roy Scheider?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Brenda Siemer Scheider
Cynthia Scheider

Life Story of Roy Scheider

Lean, angular-faced and authoritatively spoken lead / supporting actor Roy Scheider obviously never heard the old actor's axiom about "never appearing with kids or animals" lest they overshadow your performance. Breaking that rule did him no harm, though, as he achieved pop cult status by finding, fighting and blowing up a 25-foot-long Great White shark (nicknamed "Bruce") in the mega-hit Jaws (1975) and then electrocuting an even bigger Great White in the vastly inferior Jaws 2 (1978).

Athletic Scheider was born in November 1932 in Orange, New Jersey, to Anna (Crosson) and Roy Bernhard Scheider, a mechanic. He was of German and Irish descent. A keen sportsman from a young age, he competed in baseball and boxing (his awkwardly mended broken nose is a result of his foray into Golden Gloves competitions). While at college, his pursuits turned from sports to theater and he studied drama at Rutgers and Franklin and Marshall. After a stint in the military, Scheider appeared with the New York Shakespeare Festival and won an "Obie Award" for his appearance in the play "Stephen D."

His film career commenced with the campy Z-grade horror cheesefest The Curse of the...

Significant features of Roy Scheider

Angular rugged face
Consistently suntan skin
Often played New York City-based characters, though was himself from nearby in Northern New Jersey
Often played the closest thing to a relatable everyman-type in...

How much money has Roy Scheider earned?

Jaws 2 (1978) $400,000

Publications and Magazines about Roy Scheider

Diane Kachmar Roy Scheider: A Film Biography. 2002

Biographical movies about Roy Scheider

All That Jazz: An Interview with Roy Scheider 1979

What movies did Roy Scheider play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of 'Jaws' (2007) ,
Actors Filmography
Iron Cross (2009) Joseph, Family Guy (2009) Roy Scheider / Narrator, Dark Honeymoon (2008) Sam, If I Didn't Care (2007) Linus Boyer, The Poet (2007) Rabbi, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2007) Mark Ford Brady, Chicago 10 (2007) Judge Julius Hoffman, Last Chance (2006) Cumberland, Love Thy Neighbor (2005) Fred, Dracula III: Legacy (2005) Cardinal Siqueros, The Punisher (2004) Frank Castle Sr., Red Serpent (2003) Hassan, Dracula II: Ascension (2003) Cardinal...

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Roy Scheider and Rosario Almontes in Atemlos vor Angst (1977)

Attended and graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He later received an honorary doctorate from the college.

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Son, Christian Scheider (born 1990), and daughter, Molly Scheider (born 1995), with wife Brenda Siemer Scheider.

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Roy Scheider in Atemlos vor Angst (1977)

He was originally cast as Michael Vronsky in The Deer Hunter (1978), as the second movie of a three movie deal with Universal Studios. Because he did not believe that the character would travel around the world to find his friend, he quit the picture. Universal executives were furious, but they agreed to let him out of his Universal contract if he made Jaws 2 (1978), which he did. He later regarded pulling out of The Deer Hunter (1978) as the career decision he most regrets.

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Roy Scheider in Atemlos vor Angst (1977)

He was offered the lead role in The Omen (1976) and reportedly was very interested in taking the role, but had to turn in down due to previous commitments. Consequently, his desire to play that type of role (a self-sacrificing, noble hero) led to his accepting the role of Chief Martin Brody in Jaws (1975).

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Roy Scheider and Francisco Rabal in Atemlos vor Angst (1977)

His name was inspiration for Japanese enterprise Toei create television series Uchû keiji Shaider (1984).

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Roy Scheider, Amidou, Bruno Cremer, and Francisco Rabal in Atemlos vor Angst (1977)

Underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. [June 2005]

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Roy Scheider in Atemlos vor Angst (1977)

Attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, home of future graduates Elisabeth Shue and Andrew Shue, Zach Braff, Lauryn Hill and Ahmed Best.

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Roy Scheider in Atemlos vor Angst (1977)

Has played the President of the United States three times: Executive Target (1997), Red Zone (1997) and Chain of Command (2000).

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Roy Scheider in Atemlos vor Angst (1977)

He was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

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Roy Scheider in Atemlos vor Angst (1977)

On March 4, 2007, Scheider was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the SunDeis Film Festival at Brandeis University, following a screening of his classic film All That Jazz (1979). It was the sixth time that Scheider had seen the film, and the first time for his young daughter, Molly, who accompanied him.

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Was in talks to appear in the drama film The Verdict (1982).

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His wife, Brenda Seimer, saved the old Art Deco Sag Harbor, New York movie marquee when the owner of the theater was renovating the building, and just tore it down and threw it out. She was threatened with arrest for stealing the sign. Scheider helped organize a community fundraising drive to recreate it, and the theater owner put it back in place.

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Roy Scheider in Atemlos vor Angst (1977)

Had two grandchildren, granddaughter Sascha and and grandson Tanner Orion Emile Connelly. Tanner died on February 8, 2017 at age 25.

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When he was shown in the "In Memoriam" segment during the telecast of the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009), his name was spelled incorrectly: Schieder instead of Scheider.

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Jane Fonda and Roy Scheider in Klute (1971)

Roy completed all his scenes for Iron Cross (2009) before passing away, but a technical error forced the production to reshoot certain scenes without Roy.

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Was cited as one of the most promising movie personalities of 1973 in John Willis' 1974 Film Annual "Screen World" book.

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Roy Scheider and Herb Muller in Der weiße Hai 2 (1978)

Served in the United States Air Force for three years and rose to the rank of first lieutenant.

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Roy Scheider in Der weiße Hai 2 (1978)

His grandchildren called him "Chiefy" and "Grandpa Big Fish".

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Roy Scheider and Marc Gilpin in Der weiße Hai 2 (1978)

Was predeceased by his daughter, Maximillia Connelly Lord (B. July 6, 1963), who died on August 2, 2006 at age 43 of leukemia.

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Roy Scheider and Marc Gilpin in Der weiße Hai 2 (1978)

Was politically active and participated in protests against the Vietnam and Iraq wars and for environmental issues on Long Island. In March 2003, he was among a group of protesters who laid down on a Long Island highway in a symbolic reference to the casualties of war.

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Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, April Gilpin, Murray Hamilton, etc.

Has played two characters with pet dolphins: Heywood Floyd in 2010 (1984) and Captain Nathan Bridger on SeaQuest 2032 (1993).

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Roy Scheider in Der weiße Hai 2 (1978)

Remembering Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss said "He was a wonderful guy," recalling his Jaws (1975) co-star as an actor who "does his job and does it as well as he can".

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Roy Scheider in Der weiße Hai 2 (1978)

Parents are Roy Bernhard and Anna Scheider (née Crosson). Has one younger brother: Glenn Scheider.

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Was a regular participant in the annual Artists and Writers Charity Softball Game in East Hampton, New York.

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Roy Scheider, Mark Gruner, and Gary Springer in Der weiße Hai 2 (1978)

His favorite character played was choreographer Joe Gideon in All That Jazz (1979).

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Roy Scheider, Jeffrey Kramer, and Collin Wilcox Paxton in Der weiße Hai 2 (1978)

Was one of the founders of the Hayground School in Bridgehampton, New York, dedicated to creating an innovative, culturally diverse learning environment for local children.

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Roy Scheider, Gary Dubin, and Ann Dusenberry in Der weiße Hai 2 (1978)

Was an avid reader.

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Roy Scheider and Bill Green in Der weiße Hai 2 (1978)

His late SeaQuest 2032 (1993) co-star Jonathan Brandis considered him a mentor and one of his biggest acting influences.

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Roy Scheider and Lorraine Gary in Der weiße Hai 2 (1978)

An action figure was created based on his character, Captain Nathan Bridger, from SeaQuest 2032 (1993).

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Roy Scheider and Joseph Mascolo in Der weiße Hai 2 (1978)

1958: Won - Roy Scheider knocked out Ted LaScalza in one round in an amateur boxing match.

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1953 (July 20): Won - Roy Scheider knocked out Nick Welling in two rounds of an amateur boxing match in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

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Roy Scheider in Final Game - Die Killerkralle (1989)

1950 (February 14): Won - Roy Scheider knocked out Peter Read in 3-rounds in a New Jersey amateur boxing match.

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Roy Scheider in Final Game - Die Killerkralle (1989)

1950 (February 17): Won - Roy Scheider knocked out Phil Duncan in one round in an amateur boxing match in New Jersey.

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Roy Scheider and Karen Young in Final Game - Die Killerkralle (1989)

1950: Won - Roy Scheider knocked out Myron Greenberg in one round in a New Jersey amateur boxing match.

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Roy Scheider in Final Game - Die Killerkralle (1989)

1948: Won - Roy Scheider knocked out Peter Read in two rounds of an amateur boxing match in New Jersey.

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Roy Scheider in Final Game - Die Killerkralle (1989)

1948: Won - Roy Scheider knocked out Jerry Gould in 33 seconds of round one in an amateur boxing match in New Jersey (Golden Gloves: Novice Division).

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Roy Scheider in Final Game - Die Killerkralle (1989)

As a very young actor, he was an uncredited extra in the dance hall scene from "The United States Steel Hour" (1953), from the episode "A Wind from the South" (1955), starring Julie Harris.

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Roy Scheider and Richard Bradford in Final Game - Die Killerkralle (1989)

His paternal grandparents, Charles Scheider and Wilhelmina Christine Schraft, were both the children of German immigrants. Roy's mother was of Irish and German descent.

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Roy Scheider in Final Game - Die Killerkralle (1989)

Despite the fact that they played characters that were enemies in Blue Thunder, both Roy Scheider and Malcolm McDowell became very good friends while working on the John Badham film. As McDowell would state at various science fiction conventions, they enjoyed working together so much that they couldn't leave each other alone. When Scheider passed away, a very saddened McDowell was unable to attend Scheider's funeral due to a film project that he was working on and could not leave at the time, much to his dismay. As a result, he immediately ordered some flowers and sent a letter of condolence to Scheider's family.

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Roy Scheider, Richard Bradford, and Paul Gleason in Final Game - Die Killerkralle (1989)

Appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The French Connection (1971), Jaws (1975) and All That Jazz (1979). Of those, The French Connection (1971) is a winner in the category.

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Roy Scheider in Final Game - Die Killerkralle (1989)

By the middle 1980s, Roy Scheider's career as a leading man was in decline.

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Roy Scheider in Final Game - Die Killerkralle (1989)

The actor believed he became slightly typecast after making "The French Connection.".

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Roy Scheider in Powerplay (1990)

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Roy Scheider in Powerplay (1990)

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