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Before We Forget 3 (Roy Scheider)

Updated on March 11, 2011

Roy Scheider (1932-2008)


One name we heard around our dinner table most frequently was the unique and distinguished Hollywood actor, Roy Scheider.

And it wasn't so much that he was a movie star, we really didn't much think of him as that, but what we did think of him as, was the fraternity brother of my Dads.

There were never any stories about what happened on this set or that one, sorry to say, but the stories were all about their 'goings on' during 'hell week' at Franklin & Marshal College in Lancaster PA.

Roy's career peaked in the 1970s because of four prominent motion pictures: The French Connection (1971), Klute (1971), Jaws (1975), and All_That_Jazz (1979). These four put him on the Hollywood map, but they also, however, established a trademark persona that carried him from project to project: a sensitivity and emotional fragility beneath a troublesome exterior.

Born in Rutgers, New Jersey, Scheider attended Rutgers University, in addition to being Franklin and Marshall College, where he studied history; meanwhile, an early boxing injury (in the New Jersey Diamond Gloves Competition) left Scheider with a broken nose that soon become one of his trademarks. He joined the United States Air Force, served three years, ascending to the rank of first lieutenant, then returned to Franklin and Marshall for drama work, beginning with a much-acclaimed performance in Shakespeare's Richard III.

I was an 'Extra' in Atlanta GA


Roy is the second from the left, next to another friend of ours; Albie Stewart. This is from the F&M yearbook, of the play Stalag 17.
Roy is the second from the left, next to another friend of ours; Albie Stewart. This is from the F&M yearbook, of the play Stalag 17.

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      johnwindbell 6 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Quite welcome, and nice to hear from you again, Wintermyst. Yes, he will be missed. Another actor who went to F&M was Treat Williams, some years after Roy.

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      Wintermyst 6 years ago

      I loved Roy Scheider as an actor. I never got the pleasure of meeting him in person, my loss. Thanks for sharing.