I like to tell myself that I don't watch a lot of television but I do. In addition to watching an entire assload of sports, I tend to watch a lot of movies as well. In the last month alone, I figure that I've seen about 20 movies. Mostly foreign films (preferably the kind where everybody dies and I don't completely understand what happened at the end..... hellloooooo Tokyo Drifter) and films from the 1970s. By sheer coincidence, I've recently watched The French Connection, Jaws 2 and All That Jazz.
Yep, all Roy Scheider films.
So it was a little bit of a bummer when I read that he died yesterday in Arkansas.
While I won't go as far as saying that Roy Scheider was one of my favorite actors (that's reserved for Robert Duvall and Clint Eastwood), I will say that I thought that he was a very talented man. His career may have tapered off a little towards the end but he left movie buffs like myself with a truly classic body of work.
Slow ahead, Chief Brody, slow ahead.