Between 1962 and '67, Scheider appeared in the soap operas "The Edge of Night," "Love of Life" and "The Secret Storm." His breakthrough came in 1971 with the tense thriller Klute, succeeded by his Oscar-nominated turn in The French Connection. He made a big splash in the box-office blockbuster Jaws (1975) and its sequel, Jaws 2 (1978).
Looking for a change of pace from his tough-cop screen persona, Scheider starred in the musical roman à clef All That Jazz (1979), snagging another Academy Award nod. The actor returned to television in 1993 with the sci-fi series "SeaQuest DSV." He died Feb. 10, 2008.