Actor Roy Scheider’s connection to Little Rock is a sad one. He visited the City quite frequently during the last years of his life as he was getting treated at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Despite UAMS’s best efforts, Scheider died in Little Rock on February 10, 2008.
Though he starred in several iconic films in the 1970s and 1980s, he is probably best remembered for his role in the Jaws series of films.
In the 1970s, Scheider received two Oscar nominations. His first, for Best Supporting Actor, was in The French Connection. While Scheider did not pick up the Oscar, the film itself was named Best Picture. It won four other Oscars that night. (As a side note: it was the first R-rated movie to win Best Picture. Though Midnight Cowboy was re-released as an R-Rated movie after winning the Best Picture Oscar, it was initially released as an X-rated movie.)
Scheider’s second Oscar nomination came for playing Bob Fosse’s stand-in in the movie All That Jazz. It, too, won four Oscars, though Scheider’s nomination would not result in a win.