The actor was best known for playing police chief Martin Brody in Steven Spielberg's famous 1975 shark thriller and its sequel three years later.
Scheider also received two Oscar nominations during his career--he was tipped for the best supporting actor prize for The French Connection in 1972 and the coveted best actor award for 1979's All That Jazz.
The star died in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Wednesday after reported complications from a staph infection. He had been treated there for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, which was classified as in partial remission after he underwent a bone marrow transplant in June 2005.
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