Roy Scheider: 1932 – 2008

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Hollywood mourns passing of Jaws star

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” – Number 35 on the American Film Institute’s list of best quotes from U.S. movies.

Roy Scheider, a two-time Oscar nominee best known for his role (and the quote above) as a police chief in the blockbuster movie Jaws died Sunday. He was 75.

According to an Associated Press report, Scheider died at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock, hospital spokesman David Robinson said. The hospital did not release a cause of death.

However, hospital spokeswoman Leslie Taylor said Scheider had been treated for multiple myeloma at the hospital’s Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy for the past two years.

He was nominated for a best-supporting actor Oscar in 1971’s The French Connection in which he played the police partner of Oscar winner Gene Hackman and for best-actor for 1979’s All That Jazz, the autobiographical Bob Fosse film.

Source: Associated Press