Roy Scheider (November 10, 1932-February 10, 2008)

On James’ Thoughts and Musings, I try to honor famous people who pass away, even if I don’t have much to say. I do so on or near the date of their deaths because that is really the only appropriate time for me to say what they meant to me.

Roy Scheider was on Jaws. That was his famous role. In the movie, he ran the beach resort where the killer shark was attacking.

But I know him more from Stephen Spielberg’s SeaQuest DSV. There, he played Captain Nathan Bridger, who commanded some sort of underwater vessel. He had a talking dolphin named Darwin, who used to crack me and my dad up. There were a lot of episodes in which Darwin was not on, and mom said that was because of PETA. My dad and I pictured Darwin in front of a Congressional subcommittee, saying, “Darwin wants to work. PETA says NO.”

During my last few years of high school, SeaQuest was practically the only show that I watched. The rest of my time was spent doing homework. So I was always on the go, except when I was sleeping (which took a short amount of time), eating (same story), and watching SeaQuest. So SeaQuest was my hour of downtime. And it was time that I got to enjoy with my family. I did my homework alone, in the basement, which was also where I slept. I could concentrate there.

I also saw Roy Scheider on The Rainmaker. There, he played the rich owner of a corrupt insurance company. It was a bit-part, but I was glad to see him.

And he was on a movie in the 1970’s called Marathon Man, which had Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, and William Devane. I don’t entirely remember his role, though. Most of what I remember is Laurence Olivier shoving an instrument into Dustin Hoffman’s aching tooth, after asking, “Is it safe?”

So I’m surprised that Roy Scheider passed away. But he helped create work that I happened to enjoy.

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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3 Responses to Roy Scheider (November 10, 1932-February 10, 2008)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice post once again. I want to hear your thoughts about the Democratic primary and what you think will happen with the super deligates. I’ve been crossing my fingers for Hillary, but I suppose I’ll soon be jumping on the Obamawagon.

    Lastly, I understand why you’ve typically been for Republicans, but I think you should read God’s Politics by Jim Wallis. While I’m sure you know the gist of the arguments, reading the book is still eye-opening.



  2. James Pate says:

    Thanks, Jake. You know, I’ve actually thought of voting for Obama to give the Clintons the middle finger. But I won’t do that, since he’s probably be harder for the Republicans to beat.

    As far as the super-delegates go, my understanding is that many of them are for Hillary. I’ve not seen the exact breakdown, but I’ve heard that said. Even Bill is one of them.

    I’ll probably read Wallis’ book sometime. I’ll be going to the public library next week. I’ve read parts of it, such as the part where the Republicans were opposing a tax cut for the lower income people. Wallis was talking like it was an actual tax cut, but I remember Rush and Hannity saying it was just giving free money, since the lower income people don’t pay taxes. But I’ve heard in some places that they actually pay 15%.


  3. Iron Cross says:

    For Roy’s fans:

    He still has one more to go!!!


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