BOXOBITUARIES- Roy Scheider, Film Actor Dies at 75

In Celebrities, Films/Film stars, obituaries on February 12, 2008 by Editor Z

Two time Academy Award nominated actor Roy Scheider died Sunday, at the age of 75.

Roy Scheider, the man who catipulted to fame in a series of hit motion pictures in the 1970s, has perished at the age of 75 this past Sunday in Arkansas. Scheider died as the result of a staph infection. Scheider is reported to have been wrestling with Multiple Myeloma (also known as blood cancer) over in recent years.

Schedier a New Jersey native, was in the Air force for a number of years. In the late 50s and early 1960s, Scheider gradually begin building a sturdy and respected acting career on stage and television. In 1964 he made his feature film debut in “The Curse of the Living Corpse”.

In the 1971, he had a staring role in the critically acclaimed 1970 picture “Klute”, alongside two other up and coming stars Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. But his next role would bring him within close reach of Oscar gold, when he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the 1971 Best Picture Winner “the French Connection”. Though he didn’t win the prize, Schnider would go on to star in a slew of other films such as “the Seven-Ups”-(1973), Jaws” (1975), “Marathon Man” (1976), and was again noiminated for An Academy Award for his performance in the Bob Foose musical “All That Jazz” (1979). In the 1980s he continued his film work with such movies as the thriller “Blue Thunder” (1983) and “52-Pick-up” Following his streak of hits in the 1970s, Scheider played in countless other films right up until his death, as well as staring in the short lived series “SeaQuest”.

He continued acting up until his death, as a film is was in production when his death was announced. He allegedly had just completed another film “Dark HoneyMoon” What would turn out to be his final film “Iron Cross” (2008), was in post production stages at the time.



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