Monday, January 19, 2015

Roy Scheider 1932 - 2008 Findadeath addition

Roy Scheider
November 10, 1932 - February 10, 2008
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."

That line from the film JAWS was voted #35 by the American Film Institute of Best Movie Quotes.  The line was made up on the spot by Scheider.

That movie... man... it scared the crap out of me.  I must have seen it a dozen times that summer, and many more times on video.  I miss the way people used to actually scream in the theater and you could watch the popcorn flying.  Fun.

Roy will always be remembered as Chief Brody in the 1975 film JAWS, the first feature directed by Steven Spielberg.  He also starred in one of it's follow-ups.  Jaws 2.  You know, I'd see JAWS 135 if they made it.  I love those movies.  Roy was also in Marathon Man, The French Connection and Klute.  He was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Bob Fosse in All That Jazz.

In his personal life he was married twice and had two daughters, Maxamilia and Molly and a son Christian.  His daughter Maxamilia predeceased him.  He was married to Brenda King at the time of his death.

I had the opportunity to meet and spend a bit of time with Roy when my ex had him on his talk show.  Roy was terrific just to talk and hang around with.  The clear memory of our conversation was that he mentioned his close friendship with Helen Hunt and how they spend Thanksgivings together.  Well, they used to anyway.

I asked Roy to autograph the above poster.  It was a centerfold from an EMPIRE magazine in the late 90's.  He weirdly lit up and said it was an "original" and probably "worth a lot of money."  I didn't have the heart to say that I just ripped it out of a magazine.

In 2004 during an routine exam, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer that affects blood cells.  7 months later he had a bone marrow replacement.

Roy spent Thanksgiving 2007 with friends (who are still going on about how great he looked and seemed).  In December he went jogging near his home in Sag Harbor, New York and collapsed.  He was flown to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Image from

My friend (name omitted) sends this, "Scott, here is a photo of the boot I saw Roy eating in by himself on a Friday night soon before he died.  The place was called Gauchos, now it's Rockston's.  Everything is exactly the same as it was when it was Gaucho's, and this photograph is the EXACT booth he was sitting in.

Thanks,  but that's not all!

Roy died in the VIP section of the hospital, on this very bed.

Yes.  Roy Scheider's Death Bed.

He died on February 10, 2008 of a staph infection brought on by the cancer.  Friends and family were at his side.  

He was 75

On April 4, 2009 There was an event attended by about 300 called "Smiles from the Stars:  A Celebration of the Work and Life of Roy Scheider."

In April 2009 there was a benefit  held in his honor in Beverly Hills for the UAMS Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy.  Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Anderson, Richard Dreyfus attended.  His wife said that the UAMS "was the only place" he had a chance to beat the disease.

This is video of the amazing Jaws ride in Universal Studios, Florida.  I  had no idea this existed until they announced they were tearing it down.  Sadness, it looks wonderful.

You yell barracuda... everyone says, huh?  What?

RIP Roy.

One of my favorite celebrities.  Check out the inscription.


  1. I rode that Jaws ride at Universal ... twice.

  2. I rode it several times, I remember the heat from that 'gas explosion' would hit you in the face as the boat passed it! It was always one of my faves, hate that it's gone.

  3. I enjoyed Roy in everything I saw him in. I really enjoyed the Jaws tour in Universal Studios...A great actor...