The final performances of the cast of Jaws — The Daily Jaws
Roy Scheider is back on cinema screens! And we don’t just mean in the IMAX or Real D 3D versions of Jaws, he’s back in his latest cinematic performance, in Beautiful Blue Eyes.
The film, which is released in 400 Regal theaters in the United States, is set in Germany with flashbacks to Nazi-occupied Poland.
It follows the story of Joseph (Scheider), a retired NYPD cop who visits his estranged son Ronnie and is convinced that his neighbor is the SS commander, who massacred his entire family in 1941. Scheider’s character convinces his son to help him kidnap the neighbor. .
Scheider died in 2008 before the film was completed, but it has now been able to be completed thanks to advances in CGI and AI technology, giving us a film closer to his original vision and a reinstated Roy Scheider in his final cinematic role.
We take a look back at some of the other final cinematic performances from other actors who appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.
The Quint actor died just over three years after the release of Jaws at the age of just 51. Already a prolific actor, he certainly filled that short period with many movies that all had something big to offer, from Robin and Marian (1976), Swashbuckler (1976), Black Sunday (1977), The Deep (1977) and Force 10 From Navarone (1978).
His last film was Avalanche Express, released in 1979. Shaw had passed away the previous August, dying before his dialogue could be looped and synchronized, so it was dubbed with a similar sound.
That task fell to Robert Rietty, who was perhaps best known for his voice acting duties on many James Bond films. Car was also a minor dub by Rich Little as well.
Shaw wasn’t the only key death to hit the disaster film, its director Mark Robson – who previously helmed Earthquake in 1974 – died on June 20, 1978.
Before Jaws Hamilton had appeared in everything from Anatomy of a Murder (1959), The Hustler (1961) to The Graduate (1967), but it’s the role of Mayor Vaughn and those sharp suits he’ll forever be associated with. .
One of his last roles was in the TV movie, The Last Days of Patton (1986), a role given to him by his friend George C. Scott. Hamilton’s final credit would be as Jack ‘Kill the Commies’ Preston (former President) in Whoops Apocalypse, which came out the same year.
Hamilton, who had cancer, died on September 1, 1986. He was 63 years old.
Gary, like Scheider, returned to the Jaws franchise with Jaws 2 in 1978, then was directed again by Steven Spielberg in the goofy WWII comedy in 1941. This saw her in the same film as other Jaws alumni such as Susan Backlinie and Murray Hamilton.
Universal Studios chief wife Sid Sheinberg went on hiatus until Ellen Brody’s character developed ESP and caught the Bahamas vacation love bug with Michael Caine in Jaws the Revenge ( 1987). Like Bruce the Shark, Gary hasn’t resurfaced on our screens in an acting role since.
Like Gary, Kramer is still very much around – The Daily Jaws was even happy to have his company – and his impression isn’t all that bad.
On the big screen, his final arc – for now at least – was the Chuck Norris action thriller Hero and the Terror (1988), while on the small screen he was as a pedestrian in the pilot episode. by Ally McBeal (1997). It was also a show he had co-produced and had the same duties on The Practice.
The Chrissie Watkins actress didn’t have much luck with the creatures, suffering a similar fate in Day of the Animals (1977), before parodying her Jaws shark attack in Spielberg’s 1941 (1979).
Her last big screen credit was in The Great Muppet Caper (1982) and her last screen credit to date – rather fittingly being a trained stuntwoman – was in The Fall Guy, also in 1982.
Like Backlinie, Grossman, who played the hapless estuary victim in Jaws, was primarily a stuntman, while also scoring a few acting roles. His most notable acting roles – besides Jaws – are as an FBI stiff in the freezer in The Goonies (1985) and as a deputy sheriff in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). His final stunt and acting credit was for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
He also worked on the stunt side in Temple of Doom (1984), dived away from Richard Dreyfuss in his plane in Always (1989), The Island (1980), Roy Scheider’s Last Embrace (1979), Jaws 2 (1978), Robert Shaw’s Swashbuckler (1976), and also voiced for Roy Scheider in Jaws (1975) and worked on Spielberg’s first feature, The Sugarland Express (1974).
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