Roy Scheider: The Everyman Action Star
After John Wayne and before Sly Stallone, a more ordinary protagonist led the way.
Roy Scheider's three biggest films—The French Connection, The Seven Ups, and Jaws—were all significant action-heavy films of the 1970s. It was an intriguing decade in the history of action stars. The popuarlity of John Wayne-style westerns had faded, but there wasn't yet an established action film template with muscle-bound stars like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Scheider was an everyman—a tough guy on the streets who looked like a normal human, and somebody who would be justifiably shocked senseless at the sight of a terrifyingly enormous shark. This video serves to honor his heydey as a relatably ordinary action star.