A Manly Actor Is Dead: R.I.P. Roy Scheider

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 24th, 2014 at 1:34 pm,
roy scheider A Manly Actor Is Dead: R.I.P. Roy Scheider

Roy Scheider has passed away.

He was 75 years old, and died today (Sunday) in Little Rock, Arkansas of complications from a staph infection, his wife, Brenda Seimer, said.

I apologize for the cheesy title, but to me, Roy Scheider was one of a now dwindling number of “man’s man” actors. Tough guys who drank whiskey, smoked cigarettes, had craggy facial features and wouldn’t be caught dead in the same room with a metrosexual.


Mr. Scheider appeared in close to 90 movies and TV series, many of them considered classic and among my favorite films. Some of the more noteworthy ones include The French Connection, Jaws, Marathon Man, All That Jazz, and 2010, the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

He was one of those actors that personified a certain type of man from the 1960′s – rugged and self-confident in a non-annoying way. Like he would’ve fit into the Rat Pack with Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra just fine.

I now have an additional reason to go pick up a copy of the 25th Anniversary Edition of Jaws.

And since everyone will be quoting his famous line from Jaws, I give you this colorful classic instead:

“Astrodome? You can’t grow a good hot dog indoors. Yankee Stadium. September. The hot dogs have been boiling since opening day in April. Now that’s a hot dog.”

Roy Scheider as Dr. Heywood Floyd in 2010

Roy Scheider, you will be missed. Rest in peace – and my condolences to your family and close friends.

To learn more about Roy Scheider, visit the IMDB’s page on him or visit the sites below for much more eloquent words than I managed to write here.

Sources: NY Times via Cinematical

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  1. OK, Apologies for being a little over sensitive.

    Does anyone know much about the movies that are still to come out .. will seem strange watching them as his last shout.

    Bruce

  2. Bruce, I got the info from Wikipedia. There might be more info up there I didn’t get too deep.

  3. Roy Scheider Was A Legend Great Actor I Loved Him About 3 Years But I Still Have His Movies.His Death Affected Me Alot It Was Very Sad Indeed And It Was Sad 2 Hear Dat He Had Cancer And Died Of A Infection Da Same As My Late Uncle Who Was A Drummer From A Famous Rock Band. I’m Just Sad 2 Hear About Roy Scheider’s Death He Was 1 Of My Favorite Actors He Was My First Favorite And I Finded Him Very Good Looking When He Was Young Like In His 30′s,40′S And 50′s,I Had Texted Roy Before In Jan 2007 And He Texted Me Back He Kinda Knew My Grandparents Years Ago He Kinda Mostly Knew My Grandmother Who Was A Fan Of Him 2 She Was Shocked Aswell When She Heard About Roy’s Death. Roy Had Sended Me A Movie Dat My Mother Bought 4 Me A Movie Called Last Embrace 1979 It Was A Very Good Movie And I Thanked Roy Scheider 4 Sending It Down 2 Me. It’s Sad About His Death. R.I.P In Peace Roy Scheider U Were A Legend U Will Be Missed :(

  4. ROY SCHEIDER’S FINAL FILM “IRON CROSS” – TRAILER & UPDATE MAY 2009

    Calibra Pictures is pleased to announce the release of the trailer for Roy Scheider’s last film “Iron Cross”.

    The revenge thriller, written and directed by Joshua Newton, will be previewed towards the end of the year in Los Angeles, following our Roy Scheider Film Week, dates and location tbc.

    The trailer can be downloaded securely from the following yousendit.com link:

    http://rcpt.yousendit.com/674374016/2c8d2c044adbfe73d4293fc995eca0cb

    We’d be delighted to receive your comments.

    Yours truly

    The Iron Cross Team
    ironcross@calibrapictures.com

  5. ROY SCHEIDER’S FINAL FILM “IRON CROSS” – TRAILER & UPDATE MAY 2009

    Calibra Pictures is pleased to announce the release of the trailer for Roy Scheider’s last film “Iron Cross”.

    The revenge thriller, written and directed by Joshua Newton, will be previewed towards the end of the year in Los Angeles, following our Roy Scheider Film Week, dates and location tbd.

    The trailer can be downloaded securely from the following yousendit.com link:

    http://rcpt.yousendit.com/674374016/2c8d2c044adbfe73d4293fc995eca0cb

    We’d be delighted to receive your comments.

    Yours truly,

    The Iron Cross Team
    ironcross@calibrapictures.com

  6. IRON CROSS, Roy Scheider’s final film in VARIETY article for Oscar contention!!!
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118005244.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

  7. if it’s so bad – http://www.ifc.com/blogs/indie-eye/2009/12/roy-scheider.php
    i feel sorry for Roy’s family and fans.

  8. Roy Scheider was great and had a great masculine energy but there’s no need to be homophobic just because you saw him as “manly”. Defining masculinity in such a limited way is pretty cruel. In any case, Roy Scheider was very slim, tanned, often topless and clean shaven for many of his early roles. Additionally he had a very gentle-looking face. So…yeah. And whiskey drinking and smoking heavily are not desirable features, however much you might yearn for “manliness”. If Roy Scheider was manly it was because it was his nature. Just because it’s other men’s nature to be more “feminine” doesn’t make them bad.

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