Mr. Scheider’s rangy figure, gaunt face and emotional openness made him particularly appealing in everyman roles, most famously as the agonized police chief of Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 breakthrough hit, about a New England resort town haunted by the knowledge that a killer shark is preying on the local beaches.
Mr. Scheider conveyed an accelerated metabolism in movies like Klute (1971), his first major film role, in which he played a threatening pimp to Jane Fonda’s New York call girl; and in William Friedkin’s French Connection (also 1971), as Buddy
Russo, the slightly more restrained partner to Gene Hackman’s marauding police
detective, Popeye Doyle. That role earned Mr. Scheider the first of two Oscar
Roy Scheider, the two-time Academy Award actor perhaps best known for his role in Jaws died Sunday at the age of 75.
Richard Dreyfuss, who co-starred with Scheider in Jaws said of the actor: He was a wonderful guy. He was what I call ‘a knockaround actor. A ‘knockaround actor’ to me is a compliment that means a professional that lives the life of a professional actor and doesn’t’ yell and scream at the fates and does his job and does it as well as he can”.
From the New York Times obituary: