Roy Scheider

Roy Scheider, a character actor who in the 1970s found an unlikely career as a leading man, died Feb 10, 2008, in Little Rock, AR, the New York Times reported. He was 75 and lived in Sag Harbor, N.Y. Mr. Scheider, who was born in Orange, NJ, in 1932, was imbued with a naturalistic, rough-hewn intensity, and a lean, masculine face which suited the film industry of the 1970s, when experimental directors were searching for actors with greater street authenticity. His breakthrough came in 1971 when he played a pimp in "Klute," and, the same year, was Det. Buddy Russo, Gene Hackman's partner in the brutal police thriller "The French Connection." The latter part earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

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  • Also known as: Roy R. Scheider
  • Born: Nov 10, 1932 in Orange, NJ, USA
  • Death: Feb 10, 2008 in Little Rock, AR