The everyman shark fighter
From one shark fighter to another, I raise a glass to actor Roy Scheider, who passed away yesterday.
Richard Dreyfuss tells us he "was a pretty civilized human being — you can’t ask for much more than that."
"Scheider," his AP obit says, "was also politically active. He participated in rallies protesting U.S. military action in Iraq, including a massive New York demonstration in March 2003 that police said drew 125,000 chanting activists."
He evoked a unique blend of craggy toughness and deep vulnerability. I love him in everything, especially the descent into Hell that was William Friedkin's Sorcerer.
Years ago, when I was dining at the old New Wave Restaurant Cafe in NYC (don't let the name fool you, we're talking your basic old-school lunch place), Roy sat down at the table next to ours.
I wouldn't have known what to say to him except maybe, "Thanks for being Roy Scheider."