The Many Faces Of Roy Scheider

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This week, a Blu-ray has been released of director William Friedkin's Sorcerer, an English-language adaptation of Clouzot's The Wages of Fear. A difficult production once thought to be a big fat failure, Friedkin's version is now seen by many as a masterpiece. Time to dedicate a quiz to its star, Roy Scheider!

It's almost silly to call it "The Many Faces," though, as Roy Scheider had exactly one face, albeit one he could put to great use. One of the best actors of the seventies and eighties, Scheider was both instantly recognizable AND able to blend into the background. He exuded a kind of standard believability, which made him fit in any production, whether he had to be a villain or the hero. And he brought class to even the most sordid films in which he appeared. He died in 2008 and is sorely missed, so it is with great pleasure that I get to re-discover Sorcerer this week in high definition.

Here is a gallery of seven close-ups of one of my favorite thespians. As a quiz, click through the images and guess which seven movies they're from. No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to see how far you get without using IMDb. Warning, I've put a trap of sorts in there.

But I'll post the answers next Thursday (earlier if someone has all seven of them right).

And here he is, stuck between a rock and a hard place in the desperate testosterone-fest which is Sorcerer.

This shot doesn't count yet as part of the quiz, but all the others do. So flick through the gallery and have a go!

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  • martin

    Really, tome Roy Scheider is one of the greatest actor of 70 and 80, his films and
    performance, maybe be better of Pacino, De Niro, VOIGHT, Hackman and Caan, perharps the 90 damage his brillant career (ALL THAT JAZZ, THE LAST EMBRANCE, THE SEVEN UPS, BLUE THUNDER, COHEN AND TATE, STILL OF THE NIGHT, THE MENS S CLUB, THE FOURTH WAR, JACOBO TIMMERMAN....).

  • Ard Vijn

    The final results and the people who guessed them:
    1: The French Connection (dustinchang)
    2: 2010 (Frank Dupont)
    3: Jaws 2 (dustinchang)
    4: Jaws (dustinchang)
    5: Naked Lunch (dustinchang)
    6: 52 Pick-up (Kurt)
    7: The Russia House (martin)

  • martin

    Sorcerer; French Connection; 2010; jaws 2, jaws; the naked lunch; the 52 pick up and The russian house.

  • Ard Vijn

    You have number 7 correct: The Russia House it is! Well done!

  • KevinMP

    I want to say that the Number 7 picture is Still of the Night, but of the 7 that is the one I am having trouble placing. I too am disappointed at the lack of All That Jazz, one of my favourite films by Roy Scheider, and a personal soft spot for Blue Thunder.

  • Ard Vijn

    For those who think that in screenshot #7, he looks a bit like Robert Redford in Captain America 2, you're not a million miles of the mark job-wise...

  • Frank Dupont

    #2 is "2010". No idea on #7.

  • Ard Vijn

    2010 is correct! That leaves number 7...

  • Kurt

    There is a distinct lack of ALL THAT JAZZ in there.

    #6 is the wonderfully underrated 52 Pickup.

  • Ard Vijn

    You are correct, twice. It is 52 PICK-UP, and I fully meant to include ALL THAT JAZZ but forgot. :(

  • dustin chang

    1. The French Connection
    2. Sea Quest (?)
    3. Jaws 2 (?)
    4. Jaws
    5. Naked Lunch
    7. Marathon Man? (although he looks way too old in that picture)

    Great actor. Will be missed. My favorite Scheider are All That Jazz, Klute and Still of the Night

  • Ard Vijn

    You have 1,3,4,5 right Dustin! Great job picking JAWS 2, that was the trap mentioned.

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