Roy Scheider Biography (1932?-)

Full name, Roy Richard Scheider; born November 10, 1932 (some sources cite 1935), in Orange, NJ; son of Roy Bernhard and Anna (maiden name, Crosson) Scheider; married Cynthia Eddenfield Bebout (a film editor), November 8, 1962 (divorced, 1989); married Brenda King (a documentary filmmaker and actress), 1989; children: (first marriage) Maximillia; (second marriage) Christian Verrier,Molly. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Manager: Brett Carella, The Lab, 5540 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 200, Hollywood, CA 90028.

Birth Details
November 10, 1932?
Orange, New Jersey, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • (As Roy R. Scheider) Philip Sinclair, Curse of the Living Corpse,Twentieth Century-Fox, 1964
  • Paper Lion, United Artists, 1968
  • Star! (also known as Loves of a Star! and Those Were theHappy Times), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968
  • Bennett, Stiletto, Avco Embassy, 1969
  • Mark, Puzzle of a Downfall Child, Universal, 1970
  • Frank Ligourin, Klute, Warner Bros., 1971
  • Detective Buddy "Cloudy" Russo, The French Connection, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971
  • Skip, Loving, Paramount, 1972
  • Michael Howard, L'attentat (also known as The French Conspiracy, Plot, Das Attentat, L'attentato, and Die Toedliche Falle/Die Affaere Sadiel), Transinter Films, 1972
  • Lenny, The Outside Man (also known as Funerale a Los Angeles and Un homme est mort), United Artists, 1973
  • Buddy Manucci, The Seven-Ups, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973
  • Sam Stoneman, Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York, Paramount, 1975
  • Police Chief Martin Brody, Jaws, Universal, 1975
  • La pelicula (also known as The Film), 1975
  • Henry David "Doc" Levy, Marathon Man, Paramount, 1976
  • Jackie Scanlon/Dominguez, Sorcerer (also known as Wages of Fear), Paramount/Universal, 1977
  • Police Chief Martin Brody, Jaws II, Universal, 1978
  • Harry Hannan, Last Embrace, United Artists, 1979
  • Joe Gideon, All That Jazz, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • Dr. Sam Rice, Still of the Night, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • In Our Hands, Almi Classics, 1983
  • Frank Murphy, Blue Thunder (also known as Blue Thunder the Movie), Columbia, 1983
  • Dr. Heywood Floyd, 2010 (also known as 2010: The Year We Make Contact), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984
  • Interviewee, Starring ... the Actors (documentary), American FilmInstitute, 1984
  • In Our Hands (documentary), Libra Cinema 5, 1984
  • (Uncredited) 2010: The Odyssey Continues (short documentary), ZM Productions, 1984
  • English narrator, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (documentary; also known as Mishima), Warner Bros., 1985
  • Harry Mitchell, 52 Pick-Up, Cannon, 1986
  • Cavanaugh, The Men's Club, Paramount, 1986
  • (Uncredited; in archive footage) Police Chief Martin Brody, Jaws: TheRevenge, 1987
  • Mike Seaver, Night Game, Trans World, 1989
  • Cohen, Cohen and Tate, TriStar, 1989
  • Charlie Nichols, Listen to Me, Columbia, 1989
  • Colonel Jack Knowles, The Fourth War, Cannon, 1990
  • Russell, The Russia House, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1990
  • Dr. Benway, Naked Lunch, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • Contact: The Yanomani Indians of Brazil (documentary), 1991
  • Don Falcone, Romeo Is Bleeding, Gramercy, 1993
  • The Films of John Frankenheimer (documentary), American Film Institute, 1995
  • John Taggart, The Rage, Miramax, 1996
  • Hal, The Myth of Fingerprints, Good Machine, 1997
  • Eddie Jacobson, The Definite Maybe, DJM Films/Kaufman Astoria Studios, 1997
  • Wilfred Keeley, The Rainmaker (also known as John Grisham's TheRainmaker), Paramount, 1997
  • Tom, Better Living, Goldheart Pictures, 1998
  • The Uttmost (documentary), Clinica Estetico, 1998
  • Lamont, The Doorway, New Concorde, 2000
  • Stan Marshall, Daybreak (also known as Rapid Transit), OffTrack Productions, 2000
  • Earl, Falling Through, Alliance Atlantis Communications, 2000
  • Mayor Harry S. Porter, Angels Don't Sleep Here (also known as Backflash 2: Angels Don't Sleep Here), Blockbuster Video, 2000
  • Agent La Nova, Time Lapse, Trimark Video, 2001
  • Colonel John Gartner, Texas 46 (also known as The Good War), Bauer Martinez Films, 2002
  • Narrator, Regulus: The First Nuclear Missile Submarines, Monarch Films, 2002
  • Hassan, Red Serpent, Rex Media, 2002
  • Fred, Love Thy Neighbor, New Concorde Home Entertainment, 2002
  • Bull Tyler, Citizen Verdict, Bauer Martinez Studios, 2003
  • Cardinal Siqueros, Dracula II: Ascension (also known as Wes Craven Presents Dracula II: Ascension), Buena Vista Home Video, 2003
  • A Decade under the Influence (documentary), IFC Films, 2003
  • Cardinal Siqueros, Dracula III: Legacy, Dimension Films, 2004
  • Mr. Castle, The Punisher, Columbia TriStar/Artisan Entertainment,2004
  • Red Light Runners, Entertainment Film Distributors, 2004
  • Also appeared in Across the River and into the Trees and Mismatch.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Jonas Falk, Love of Life, CBS, 1965-1966
  • Bob Hill, The Secret Storm, CBS, 1967
  • Captain Nathan Bridger, seaQuest DSV (also known as seaQuest 2032), NBC, 1993-1995
  • Fyodor Chevchenko, a recurring role, Third Watch, NBC, 2002
  • Miniseries
  • Host, Portrait of the Soviet Union, TBS, 1988
  • Narrator, Race to Save the Planet (also known as State of the World), PBS, 1990
  • Peter Stride, Wild Justice (also known as Covert Assassin and Dial), syndicated, 1993
  • Host, Legends, Icons, and Superstars of the 20th Century, CBS, 1998
  • Grant Schiller, The Seventh Scroll, 2001
  • Jacobus Van der Byl, Diamond Hunters, syndicated, 2001
  • Movies
  • Jake Webster, Assignment: Munich (also known as Munich--Assignment), ABC, 1972
  • Jacobo Timerman, Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number (also known as Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number), NBC, 1983
  • Billy Young, "Tiger Town," Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1986
  • Paul Marish, Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture, HBO, 1990
  • Alexander Senarkian, Plato's Run, HBO, 1997
  • President Robert Baker, The Peacekeeper (also known as Hellbent and Red Zone), HBO, 1997
  • President Carlson, Executive Target, HBO, 1997
  • Johnny Tobin, Money Plays, The Movie Channel, 1997
  • Tom Heath, The White Raven, HBO, 1998
  • John Rockwell, Silver Wolf, Fox Family Channel, 1999
  • George Schaefer, RKO 281, HBO, 1999
  • President Cahill, Chain of Command, HBO, 2000
  • Henry Westover, King of Texas, TNT, 2002
  • Specials
  • "Lamp at Midnight," George Schaefer's Showcase Theatre (also knownas George Schaefer's Showcase Theatre: Lamp at Midnight), 1966
  • "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," N.E.T. Playhouse, PBS, 1972
  • Narrator, "Follies in Concert," Great Performances, PBS, 1986
  • George Babbitt, The Blessings of Liberty, ABC, 1987
  • Narrator, Inside the Sexes, CBS, 1988
  • "Harold Clurman: A Life of Theatre," American Masters, PBS, 1989
  • "Bob Fosse: Steam Heat" (also known as "Fosse, the Ultimate Showman"), Dance in America (also known as Great Performances), PBS, 1990
  • The Secrets of Dick Smith, 1991
  • Voice, When It Was a Game, HBO, 1991
  • Voice, When It Was a Game II, HBO, 1992
  • This Is Your Life, NBC, 1993
  • Narrator, "The Last African Flying Boat" (also known as "Africa: Flying the Imperial Way"), ABC's World of Discovery, ABC, 1993
  • Host, Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects, NBC, 1994
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg (also knownas The 23rd Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Steven Spielberg), NBC, 1995
  • Narrator, "Joe Montana: The Fire Inside," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Narrator, Spy in the Sky, PBS, 1996
  • Narrator, Coma, PBS, 1997
  • "Evasive Action," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1998
  • Narrator, The World's Deadliest Sea Creatures, ABC, 1998
  • Interviewee, Bob Fosse: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1999
  • Narrator, City of Steel: Carrier, The Discovery Channel, 1999
  • Narrator, Secrets of the Dead, PBS, 2000
  • Narrator, Lincoln's Secret Weapon, PBS, 2000
  • Narrator, Hitler's Lost Sub, PBS, 2000
  • The Poughkeepsie Shuffle: Tracing "The French Connection," 2000
  • Interviewee, AFI's 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies, CBS, 2001
  • Narrator, Nazi Prison Escape, PBS, 2001
  • Interviewee, Making the Connection: Untold Stories of the French Connection, Fox Movie Channel, 2001
  • Narrator, The Feds: U.S. Postal Inspectors, Part 1, The DiscoveryChannel, 2002
  • Jaws: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Kenny, The Edge of Night, 1962
  • "A Charade for Murder," Coronet Blue, CBS, 1967
  • Paul Jason, "Cry Brute," N.Y.P.D., ABC, 1968
  • Dan Bowen, "No Pockets in a Shroud," Cannon, CBS, 1971
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1985
  • Guest, So Graham Norton, Channel 4 (England), 1999
  • Also appeared in Hidden Faces, NBC; as Dr. Wheeler, Search forTomorrow; and in Studio One, CBS.
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 32nd Annual Tony Awards, 1978
  • The 13th Annual CableACE Awards, TNT, 1992
  • Pilots
  • Captain Nathan Bridger, seaQuest DSV (also known as seaQuest 2032), NBC, 1993
  • Stage Appearances
  • Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1961
  • The Chinese Prime Minister, Broadway production, 1963
  • The Alchemist, off-Broadway production, 1964
  • Clerk and sergeant, Tartuffe, American National Theatre and Academy, Washington Square Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • Sergeant Musgrave's Dance, Theatre de Lys (now Lucille Lortel Theatre), New York City, 1966
  • Stephen D., off-Broadway production, 1968
  • The Nuns, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1970
  • Robert, Betrayal, Trafalgar Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Appeared in Richard III.
  • Videos
  • The Making of Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," Universal Home Video, 1995
  • The Best of So Graham Norton, United Film and Television Productions, 2000
  • Going the Distance: Remembering "Marathon Man," Paramount, 2001
  • Books
  • (With Margery Beddow) Bob Fosse's Broadway, 1996

Further Reference


    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    • Kachmar, Diane, Roy Scheider: A Film Biography, McFarland and Co.,2002
    • Parade, January 31, 1999, p. 14

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