Roy Scheider, a stage actor with a background in the classics who became one of the leading figures in the American film renaissance of the 1970s, died on Sunday afternoon in Little Rock, Ark. He was 75 and lived in Sag Harbor, N.Y.
Mr. Scheider had suffered from multiple myeloma for several years, and died of complications from a staph infection, his wife, Brenda Seimer, said.
Mr. Scheider's rangy figure, gaunt face and emotional openness made him particularly appealing in everyman roles, most famously as the agonized police chief of "Jaws," Steven Spielberg's 1975 breakthrough hit, about a New England resort town haunted by the knowledge that a killer shark is preying on the local beaches.
Mr. Scheider conveyed an accelerated metabolism in movies like "Klute" (1971), his first major film role, in which he played a threatening pimp to Jane Fonda's New York call girl; and in William Friedkin's "French Connection" (also 1971), as Buddy Russo, the slightly more restrained partner to Gene Hackman's marauding police detective, Popeye Doyle. That role earned Mr. Scheider the first of two Oscar nominations.
Writers' union backs deal to end Hollywood strike
By Steve Gorman and Kemp Powers
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Union leaders for striking Hollywood writers voted on Sunday to formally endorse a deal with studios to end their bruising three-month-old labor clash, calling an immediate halt to picketing and paving the way for writers to return to work by mid-week.
The unanimous approval of the deal by the governing bodies of the Writers Guild of America came a day after the union and studios finalized details of a settlement hinging on how much writers should be paid for work distributed over the Internet.
Amy Winehouse wins song of the year Grammy
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British singer Amy Winehouse won the Grammy Award for song of the year on Sunday for "Rehab," her autobiographical lament about addiction.
The 24-year-old artist, who picked up three other awards earlier in the ceremony, is currently being treated at a London rehab clinic for a drug problem that kept her in the headlines for much of last year.
Winehouse was scheduled to perform both "Rehab" and another tune, "You Know I'm No Good," from a London recording studio later during the Grammy telecast. She was unable to secure a work visa to travel to the United States until late Friday. By that stage, it was too late to change her plans.
"Rehab," the first single from her breakthrough second album, "Back to Black," showcased Winehouse's brassy vocal style against a jazzy-blues backdrop.
But its lyrics -- particularly the refrain "They tried to make me go to rehab/I said, 'No, No, No'" -- provided an unfortunate soundtrack to the very public decline of a promising talent.