Roy Scheider (1932–2008)

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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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


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Jaws Brody
All That Jazz Joe Gideon
The French Connection Buddy Russo
Blue Thunder Officer Frank Murphy


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 2009 Iron Cross
 2007-2009 Family Guy (TV Series)
Roy Scheider / Narrator
- Three Kings (2009) ... Roy Scheider / Narrator (voice)
- Bill & Peter's Bogus Journey (2007) ... Roy Scheider
 2008 Dark Honeymoon (Video)
 2007 If I Didn't Care
Linus Boyer
 2007 The Poet
 2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Mark Ford Brady
- Endgame (2007) ... Mark Ford Brady
 2007 Chicago 10 (Documentary)
Judge Julius Hoffman (voice)
 2006/I Last Chance (Short)
 2005 Love Thy Neighbor
 2005 Dracula III: Legacy (Video)
Cardinal Siqueros
 2004 The Punisher
Frank Castle Sr.
 2003 Red Serpent
 2003 Dracula II: Ascension (Video)
Cardinal Siqueros
 2003 Citizen Verdict
Governor Bull Tyler
 2002 Third Watch (TV Series)
Fyodor Chevchenko
- Judgment Day: Part 2 (2002) ... Fyodor Chevchenko
- Judgment Day: Part 1 (2002) ... Fyodor Chevchenko
- Crash and Burn (2002) ... Fyodor Chevchenko
- Two Hundred and Thirty-Three Days (2002) ... Fyodor Chevchenko
- Superheroes: Part 2 (2002) ... Fyodor Chevchenko
 2002 Angels Don't Sleep Here
Mayor Harry S. Porter
 2002 King of Texas (TV Movie)
Henry Westover
 2002 The Good War
Colonel Gartner
 2001 The Diamond Hunters (TV Mini-Series)
Jacob Van der Byl
- Episode #1.2 (2001) ... Jacob Van der Byl
- Episode #1.1 (2001) ... Jacob Van der Byl
 2001 Time Lapse (Video)
Agent La Nova
 1997-2001 Nova (TV Series documentary)
- Nazi Prison Escape (2001) ... Narrator
- Hitler's Lost Sub (2000) ... Narrator
- Lincoln's Secret Weapon (2000) ... Narrator
- Coma (1997) ... Narrator
 2000 Jaws: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
 2000/I Daybreak
Stan Marshall
 2000 The Doorway
Professor Lamont
 2000 Falling Through
 2000 Chain of Command
President Jack Cahill
 1999 RKO 281 (TV Movie)
George Schaefer
 1999 The Seventh Scroll (TV Mini-Series)
Grant Schiller
- Part Three (1999) ... Grant Schiller
- Part Two (1999) ... Grant Schiller
- Part One (1999) ... Grant Schiller
 1999 Silver Wolf (TV Movie)
John Rockwell
 1998 The White Raven
Tom Heath
 1998 Better Living
 1998 Evasive Action
Enzo Marcelli
 1998 Money Play$ (TV Movie)
Johnny Tobin
 1997 The Definite Maybe
Eddie Jacobson
 1997 The Rainmaker
Wilfred Keeley
 1997 The Peacekeeper
President Robert Baker
 1997 The Rage
John Taggart
 1997 Executive Target
President Carlson
 1997 Plato's Run (Video)
 1993-1995 SeaQuest 2032 (TV Series)
Captain Nathan Bridger
- Good Soldiers (1995) ... Captain Nathan Bridger
- Equilibrium (1995) ... Captain Nathan Bridger
- Brave New World (1995) ... Captain Nathan Bridger
- Blindsided (1995) ... Captain Nathan Bridger
- Splashdown (1995) ... Captain Nathan Bridger
 1994 Wild Justice (TV Movie)
Peter Stride
 1993 Romeo Is Bleeding
Don Falcone
 1991 Naked Lunch
Dr. Benway
 1990 The Russia House
 1990 Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture (TV Movie)
Paul Marish, Photographer
 1990 The Fourth War
Col. Jack Knowles
 1989 Night Game
Mike Seaver
 1989 Listen to Me
Charlie Nichols
 1988 Cohen and Tate
 1986 52 Pick-Up
Harry Mitchell
 1986 The Men's Club
 1985 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Narrator (voice)
 1984 2010
Dr. Heywood Floyd
 1983 Tiger Town (TV Movie)
Billy Young
 1983 Blue Thunder
Officer Frank Murphy
 1982 Still of the Night
Sam Rice
 1979 All That Jazz
Joe Gideon
 1979 Last Embrace
Harry Hannan
 1978 Jaws 2
 1977 Sorcerer
Scanlon / 'Dominguez'
 1976 Marathon Man
Doc Levy
 1975 Jaws
 1973 The Seven-Ups
Buddy - Seven-Up
 1972 To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (TV Movie)
 1972 The Outside Man
 1972 The Assassination
Michael Howard - uncorrespondant de la TV américaine
 1972 Assignment: Munich (TV Movie)
Jake Webster
 1971 Cannon (TV Series)
Dan Bowen
- No Pockets in a Shroud (1971) ... Dan Bowen
 1971 The French Connection
Buddy Russo
 1971 Klute
Frank Ligourin (as Roy R. Scheider)
 1970 Loving
 1969 Where the Heart Is (TV Series) (1969)
 1969 Stiletto
 1968 Hidden Faces (TV Series) (1968)
 1968 Paper Lion (uncredited)
 1968 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
Paul Jason
- Cry Brute (1968) ... Paul Jason
 1967 Coronet Blue (TV Series)
Apartment Manager
- A Charade for Murder (1967) ... Apartment Manager
 1966 Lamp at Midnight (TV Movie)
Francesco Barberini
 1964 Camera Three (TV Series)
- The Alchemist (1964) ... Face
 1964 The Curse of the Living Corpse
Philip Sinclair (as Roy R. Scheider)
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Kenny (1962)
 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- A Wind from the South (1955) ... Dancer (uncredited)
 1954 The Secret Storm (TV Series)
Bob Hill #1 (1967)
 1951 Love of Life (TV Series)
Jonas Falk (1965-1966)
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Alternate Names:

Roy R. Scheider


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I've been fortunate to do what I consider three landmark films. The French Connection (1971) spawned a whole era of the relationship between two policemen, based on an enormous amount of truth about working on the job. Jaws (1975) was the first big, blockbuster outdoor-adventure film. And certainly All That Jazz (1979) is not like any old MGM musical. Each one of these films is unique, and I ... See more »


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 ... See more »


Often played New York City-based characters, though was himself from nearby in Northern New Jersey See more »

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