Famous for: Playing Chief Brody in Steven Spielberg's classic Jaws, the first summer blockbuster. He reprised the role in Jeannot Szwarc's Jaws 2 (for which he had to turn down the De Niro role in The Deer Hunter).
Okay, when you've done a film with as much impact as Jaws, it's easy for people to forget almost everything else you've done, but Roy Scheider's other work is hardly forgettable. He was one of the bigger stars of the '70s, nominated twice for an Oscar: for The French Connection (Best Supporting Actor) and All That Jazz (Best Actor). And let's not forget Blue Thunder, the best military-surveillance-turned-police-supe
Ironically enough, his best-known recent work would have to be the TV series seaQuest DSV. You know, the show with the talking dolphin and ladybug. The executive producer? One Steven Spielberg.
Cause of death: I want to say "died bravely at sea, at the hands of a giant