Though Scheider’s work encompassed everything from stints on soap operas to a star turn in 2010: The Year We Make Contact, he’s probably best remembered for his appearance as police chief Martin Brody in Jaws and Jaws 2. Though he never broke through to the sort of leading roles enjoyed by contemporaries such as Gene Hackman, Scheider worked steadily for decades on television and film.
Scheider died at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock, where spokespersons declined to reveal his cause of death. According to Variety, however, Scheider “had been diagnosed with myeloma in 2004 and subsequently underwent a bone marrow transplant.”
Scheider is survived by his wife, Brenda, and three children.