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Roy Scheider Biography

Birth Name:
Roy Richard Scheider
Birth Place:
Orange, New Jersey, United States

Fast Facts

  • Graduated as a history major from Franklin & Marshall College with the intention of going to law school
  • Served three years in the U
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  • Air Force after college, rising to the rank of first lieutenant
  • Earned his distinctive broken nose in the New Jersey Diamond Gloves Boxing Competition
  • Made his professional acting debut as Mercutio in a 1961 New York Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet
  • Breakthrough part came in Jaws (1975), uttering the immortal line: "You're gonna need a bigger boat
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  • 1998Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 1981BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 1980Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1979Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1971Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated