Yeah I know, too many obituaries means I'm obsessed with death right?
Well, I couldn't pass to link this news. Actor Roy Scheider, that found world-wide fame thanks to the iconic blockbuster movie that made an ENTIRE generation afraid to enter the water (even in a pool!), died in Arkansas due to multiple myeloma.
I dare anyone to say they haven't felt dread when hearing that famous "Du-dun... Du-dun...Dun-dun". I used to have awful nightmares when I was a kid, that I was inside the boat when it was about to sink and the shark was about to get me.
But Scheider was undoubtedly an iconic actor for the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genre. After doing the sequel of Jaws, he starred in another movie that I enjoyed as a kid: Blue Thunder, which dealt with the kind of police surveillance technologies that now in the XXIst century seems almost child-like and naive.
Afterwards he appeared as Dr. Floyd in 2010: the year we make contact, a very brave and decent sequel to Kubrick's seminal masterpiece 2001. Scheider in my opinion had this silent strength that made him ideal to portray intelligent but emotionally-powerful characters, charcters with a lot of inner conflict like Chief Brody, who had a serious alcohol problem but nevertheless was not afraid of doing the right thing even it it was in direct opposition of politicians and businessmen (if only! right?)
(Of course I'm surely omitting many other wonderful performances made by him throughout his long fruitful career, I hope you'll forgive me)
And in television, I also enjoyed the first season of Sea Quest DSV, which showed us a really promising future when humanity would finally realize the potential of utilizing the huge resources that are stored in the vast unexplored subaquatic territories. Like all good sci-fi, Sea Quest dealt with very important questions, like what is it that which defines us as human beings. It was also very educational and I have no doubt that there are quite a few young college students that decided to pursue a career in marine biology because of this show.
So this is a homage to Mr. Scheider. Thank you sir for scaring the living crap out of me as a kid, and for making me dream as a teenager. You will be missed.