Tell Them I’ve Gone Fishing

royscheiderjaws1.jpgAnybody that knows me knows that my all-time favorite movie is Jaws — there’s no debate, there’s no doubt. It is my belief that Jaws is the best movie ever made. One of the elements that made Jaws stand out was actor Roy Scheider‘s portrayal of Amity Island police chief Martin Brody.

Roy Scheider passed away February 10, 2008.

Jaws is considered by most as the first “summer blockbuster” and one of the first “high-concept” movies. The 1975 film was directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, and also starred Richard Dreyfuss as marine biologist Matt Hooper, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint. (It’s no coincidence that my cat is named Quint.)

It’s my opinion — that I share with many others — that Jaws was much more than just a “popcorn thriller” about a monster shark. Jaws explored the male psyche, and Scheider’s portrayal of Chief Brody played a significant role in the film’s success — not only as a blockbuster, but as an important movie in the history of cinema. At it’s core, Jaws is about three different types of men — the adventurer Quint, the dedicated scholar Hooper, and the everyman Brody. Most want to be like the rugged Quint, some want to be like the knowledgeable Hooper, but we’re all like Brody — a man on an island with a respectable fear of the ocean. In the end, however, it is the “everyman” Chief Brody that saves the day.

(Associated Press) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Roy Scheider, a two-time Oscar nominee best known for his role as a police chief in the blockbuster movie “Jaws,” died Sunday. He was 75.

Scheider died at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock, hospital spokesman David Robinson said. The hospital did not release a cause of death.

However, hospital spokeswoman Leslie Taylor said Scheider had been treated for multiple myeloma at the hospital’s Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy for the past two years.

He was nominated for a best-supporting actor Oscar in 1971’s “The French Connection” in which he played the police partner of Oscar winner Gene Hackman and for best-actor for 1979’s “All That Jazz,” the autobiographical Bob Fosse film.

However, he was best known for his role in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film, “Jaws,” the enduring classic about a killer shark terrorizing beachgoers and well as millions of moviegoers.

Widely hailed as the film that launched the era of the Hollywood blockbuster, it was also the first movie to earn $100 million at the box office. Scheider starred with Richard Dreyfuss, who played an oceanographer.

“He was a wonderful guy. He was what I call ’a knockaround actor,”’ Dreyfuss told The Associated Press on Sunday.

“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,” he said.

In 2005, one of Scheider’s most famous lines in the movie — “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” — was voted No. 35 on the American Film Institute’s list of best quotes from U.S. movies.


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One Response to “Tell Them I’ve Gone Fishing”

  1. Iron Cross Says:

    Roy Scheider fans,

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