Roy Scheider, 1932-2008

Roy Scheider, the actor who spoke the immortal line in JAWS that gave this website its name, passed away yesterday. He was 75.

In the last act of JAWS, Scheider’s character, Chief Martin Brody, is ladling chum out of the back of a boat when the giant shark pops his head out of the water for the first time. A shocked Brody backs all the way into the cabin, where he turns to Captain Quint and says, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” The line was an ad-lib by Scheider and was #35 on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes.

Scheider had many other memorable performances in other movies, such as The French Connection. But for me, he will always be Chief Brody. Rest in peace, Chief.

  1. I read AICN staffer Quint’s tribute to Scheider’s passing and thought he ended it perfectly. In honor of Scheider, “let’s drink to our legs.”

  2. Mumma left a comment on February 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Never knew the line was an ad-lib…

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