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  • The Stars of 'Jaws': Where are they now?

    Has it really been over 35 years since we first developed a fear of dark water and John Williams’s use of a tuba? In 1975, Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” introduced us to menacing man-eating sharks and Roy Scheider’s scowl. The film was a huge box office success, with a worldwide gross of $470,600,000 –the highest of its time. Naturally, Hollywood followed up with three sequels, “Jaws 2” (1978), “Jaws 3-D” (1983), and “Jaws: The Revenge” (1987). Our friends at Snakkle.com catch up with the stars of the franchise to find out what they are up to today.

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    Robert Shaw in “Jaws” in 1975
    Robert Shaw cemented his status as a “guy you do not mess with” as the grizzled shark hunter Quint in “Jaws.” Shaw’s Quint was a man on a mission to fulfill his greatest grudge, which pretty much involved putting every shark he could find on the sharp end of a stick. Unfortunately for Quint, he falls victim to his own Moby Dick.

    Robert Shaw in 1978
    Robert Shaw was a well-known British actor who had appeared in many films pre-“Jaws.” He was an accomplished star of stage, screen, and TV who had appeared “From Russia with Love,” The Sting,” and “Battle of Britain.” After “Jaws,” he had roles in “The Deep” and “Force 10 from Navarone.” Shaw, who was also a writer, died in 1978 at the age of 51.

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    Roy Scheider in “Jaws” in 1975
    Take one extremely annoyed shark; add in an obnoxious mayor, a feisty marine biologist, and a crazy shark hunter. Sprinkle in a bunch of swimmers like fish food. Then cap it all off with “everyman” Roy Scheider. What are you left with? An iconic film that remains on top of most critics’ lists as one of the best films ever made, “Jaws” became an instant classic. This is in part due to Scheider’s stoic performance as police chief Martin Brody, the man determined to make sushi out of the shark menacing his town.

    Roy Scheider in 2007
    Roy Scheider’s career is the stuff of Hollywood dreams. Besides Jaws and Jaws 2, he appeared in “The French Connection,” “Klute,” “Marathon Man,” “All That Jazz,” “The Rainmaker,” and “Daybreak,” among many other films. Later, he appeared on TV’s “Third Watch” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Scheider died in 2008 at the age of 75.

    Find out where all the stars are now in the entire “Jaws” gallery at Snakkle.com
    See where all 10 stars are now in the entire “Jaws” gallery at Snakkle.com

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    Lea Thompson in “Jaws 3-D” in 1983
    Lea Thompson is perky, ill-fated water-skier Kelly Ann Bukowski in “Jaws 3-D.” Lucky for Lea, the shark merely snacks on her leg before going on to attempt to drown everyone else in a nearby underwater tunnel. Though it is the screaming extras and not the shark to be blamed in this case—the first rule of surviving a horror movie is to avoid shark-flanked underwater tunnels at all costs.

    Lea Thompson Today
    Lea and her leg survived to live another day after “Jaws 3-D.” In fact, she went on to catch her big break as Tom Cruise’s girlfriend in “All the Right Moves. Thompson has appeared in films such as “Red Dawn,” “Back to the Future,” and “Howard the Duck” and played the title role on TV’s “Caroline in the City.” Today she appears as Kathryn Kennish on TV’s “Switched at Birth.”
    See where all 10 stars are now in the entire “Jaws” gallery at Snakkle.com

    Bonus Blu-ray news for super “Jaws” fans:

    The Academy Award-nominated “Jaws”—arguably the first eve big summer blockbuster ever made—is coming to Blu-ray for the first time ever on August 14, 2012. “Jaws” is one of only 13 Universal films to be digitally remastered and restored from 35mm original film elements as part of the studio’s 100th anniversary. This special “Jaws” Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet, which will allow you to scare yourself, as well as your family and friends via computer, tablet, or smartphone. There are also 4 new hours of bonus material to wade through, including an all-new feature-length documentary, “The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws.” Also, feast your eyes on never-before-seen footage and interviews with cast and crew, including Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, and Roy Scheider.

    Pick up your copy of Jaws on Blu-ray online or in stores on August 14, 2012.

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