Well, hell. It always seems that whenever I post an obituary in this blog, within hours there's suddenly yet another passing I feel obligated to comment upon.
Roy Scheider died today at age 75, after a battle with cancer.
Take a look at his credits. What an amazing career of memorable roles and quality projects. Jaws, of course. 2010. Blue Thunder (I really need to see that again). Sorcerer. The French Connection. The Seven-Ups. Marathon Man. The Naked Lunch. Romeo Is Bleeding...
He was part of that last great generation of character actors who could play leads, before the movie industry became obssessed solely with pretty boys and grunting beefcake. A consumate actor of remarkable range, Scheider always brought great humanity and weight to his roles.
Well, now he's gone. The man who took down the shark has moved on. But he made his mark, and film fans will always be grateful.
Rest in peace, Roy.