Roy Scheider

A Film Biography

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About the Book

Over his 30-plus-year acting career, Roy Scheider has redefined America’s idea of a leading man, thanks to his talent for playing an urban everyman that audiences relate to and root for, despite flaws and failures.
He rose to fame in the early 1970s in the Oscar-winning films Klute and The French Connection (his first Oscar nomination). Roy garnered more critical acclaim in Jaws and Marathon Man, as well as a second Oscar nomination for All That Jazz.
Scheider’s life and career are chronicled in this work. Beginning with his childhood in New Jersey, it traces his development from a community theater actor to a world-renowned movie star, and covers his more recent work in the Golden Globe–winning RKO 281 and the Shakespearean drama King of Texas. Includes a complete filmography and index.

About the Author(s)

Diane C. Kachmar, university librarian for Florida Atlantic University, is also the author of James Garner: A Career Biography (McFarland, 2007). She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Diane C. Kachmar
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 256
Bibliographic Info: 73 photos, notes, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [2002]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4059-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0903-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vi

Preface     1

1. Early Influences    3

2. Delayed Ambition     9

3. Off Broadway     17

4. 1971: Break-Out Year     27

5. Rocky Road to Stardom     37

6. A Shark Eats a Boat     50

7. Olivier and Beyond     64

8. Dancing for Fosse     83

9. High-Flying Eighties     91

10. Choices and Changes     117

11. Cold War Thaw     133

12. Adventures in Television     150

13. New Markets     162

14. Into the New Millennium     181

Filmography      193

Credits, Awards, Nominations      211

Chapter Notes      215

Bibliography      241

Index      245

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