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 Heard the sad news yesterday that Roy Scheider had died at the age of 75. Apparently he had been fighting cancer of the plasma for the last two years. For me this is a sad loss as he was one of the stars of my favourite film, Jaws, where he played former New York cop Chief Martin Brody who moves to Amity island for a quieter life but runs into a large shark! It was the role he will be most remembered for and returned to for first sequel, but he was actually nominated twice for best supporting actor Oscars, first in the film, Klute and then for his role opposite Gene Hackman in The French Connection. Later in his career he was in a reasonably successful TV series Seaquest DSV.  Although he hasn’t had any major roles for a while it is a sad loss.

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