This is a guy who worked in a variety of genres, including:
- action, such as The French Connection and The Seven-Ups
- noir pieces like 52 Pick-Up (doing Elmore Leonard before doing Elmore Leonard was cool)
- Blue Thunder, possibly the greatest helicopter movie ever made
- musicals like All That Jazz
- Television - he did a episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent that proved that, although he was seriously ill, he sure didn't go down without a fight.
Ave atque vale, Mr. Scheider. You will be missed.
EDIT - just found out that Steve Gerber also passed away. Please feel free to check out the Wikipedia entry for an overview of his career.
Two guys. Two distinct talents. It just ain't fair, folks.