Best known for his work in “Jaws,” an unexpected hit that became the first film to gross over $100 million, Scheider also delivered strong and memorable performances in “Marathon Man,” “The French Connection,” and “All that Jazz.” He later delivered standout performances in “2010” and as Dr. Benway in David Cronenberg’s version of “Naked Lunch.”
His oft-quoted line from “Jaws,” “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” was an ad-lib.
Scheider helped pave the way for the flawed leading man of 20th century film. Wry, vulnerable, but courageous where it mattered. Along with Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss, Scheider made that first summer blockbuster an intimate portrait.
We are currently recording the “All That Jaws” cast album at the Analog Cabin in Great Wrightwood, CA. Much of Brody’s character was inspired by Scheider’s performance in the film. We will miss him.