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Roy Scheider, best known for role in 'Jaws,' dies in Ark. at 75

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Roy Scheider, a two-time Oscar nominee best known for his role as a police chief in the blockbuster movie "Jaws," died at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital. He was 75.

Hospital spokeswoman Leslie Taylor says Scheider had been treated for multiple myeloma at the hospital for the past two years.

Scheider, who lived in New York, was nominated for an Oscar for best-supporting actor in 1971's "The French Connection" in which he played the police partner of Oscar winner Gene Hackman and for best-actor for 1979's "All That Jazz," the autobiographical Bob Fosse film.

However, he was best known for his role in Steven Spielberg's 1975 film, "Jaws," the enduring classic about a killer shark terrorizing beachgoers as well as millions of moviegoers.

Scheider was also politically active. He participated in rallies protesting U.S. military action in Iraq, including a massive New York demonstration in March 2003.

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