"Jaws" actor Roy Scheider dies :-(

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.

[update] Loren Coleman also made an obit to Scheider at Cryptomundo. You might want to check it too.

Comments

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
anthonynorth's picture
Member since:
13 April 2007
Last activity:
9 years 13 weeks

Hi Red,
Yes, I liked him, especially in SeaQuest. Yet he was one of those actors who, despite the fantastic opportunity he had in Jaws, never made it huge.
I think this says more about the public than him.
I'll miss him.

...

Du-dun

red pill junkie's picture
Member since:
12 April 2007
Last activity:
13 hours 46 min

He turned into one of those cult actors, I guess, who don't have much mainstream success, but nevertheless enjoy a steady niche of die-hard fans. Like me :-)

-----
It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

Red Pill Junkie

Rick MG's picture
Member since:
2 May 2004
Last activity:
13 weeks 5 days

I'll always associate Roy Scheider with marine life. Sharks in Jaws, and dolphins in 2010: The Year We Make Contact (written by Arthur C. Clarke, sequel to 2001). And Blue Thunder, loved that helicopter when I was a kid.

red pill junkie's picture
Member since:
12 April 2007
Last activity:
13 hours 46 min

That chopper kicked some serious balls.

I remember another 80's series about a hi-tech chopper, it was 'Gray Wolf' or 'Silver Wolf' or something, and the chopper's engined made this howling noise (hence the name I guess), but it wasn't as cool as Blue Thunder.

Plus, that movie showed the 'vision-targeting' technologie quite a few years before it was oficially disclosed. That movie was a break-through in so many levels.

-----
It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

Red Pill Junkie