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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

"Jaws" Police Chief Roy Scheider Dies

Actor Roy Scheider has died. BBC News:

    US actor Roy Scheider, best known for playing the police chief in the Jaws movies, has died at the age of 75.

    As well as starring in the first two shark thrillers, Scheider received two Oscar nominations during his career.

    He was up for best supporting actor for The French Connection in 1972 and best actor for 1979's All That Jazz.

    He died in hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. He had been treated there for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cell, for the past two years.

I wonder...a wealthy, well-known actor like Scheider, why, he likely could have been cured by the wonderful medical and healthcare system in Cuba. I wonder why he sought treatment in the U.S., a country well-known for its substandard and out-of-date medical system and technology?

Scheider was also known for his Liberal ass-hativism
and pacifism. Encyclopedia.com:

    "Jaws" star Roy Scheider staged a peace protest in the Hamptons the other day, lying down in the middle of Montauk Highway pretending to be a casualty of war. Scheider headed up a contingent of 75 peaceniks who staged a mock funeral procession down the middle of Route 27 this week, causing a brief traffic jam but mostly confusion.

Scheider also said the following, (ContactMusic.com):

    "This war is insane. (American President) George W. Bush is doing everything he can to make you look unpatriotic if you disagree with him.

    "This is fear-mongering. Now I am really afraid of terrorism. I wasn't before."

Uh...yeah, right Roy.

One of my favorite Scheider movies, 1986's: "52 Pick-Up."

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