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Roy Scheider, Narrator
Roy Scheider's extensive career highlights include his portrayal of Jane Fonda's pimp in Klute (1971); his first Oscar nomination came the same year as Gene Hackman's detective partner in William Friedkin's The French Connection, which inspired The Seven Ups (1973) in which he played the lead; he was the perfect "Everyman" as Police Chief Martin Brody in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Jaws (1975); then came Marathon Man (1976) with Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier; he again teamed with William Friedkin in Sorcerer (1977); he returned as Brody again for Jaws 2 (1978). Then in 1979 Roy earned his second Academy Award nomination this time for Best Actor in the semi-autobiographical portrayal of hard-driving Bob Fosse in All That Jazz. His stage work has included an Obie-winning performance in Stephen D. (1968), and in Harold Pinter's Betrayal (1980), in which he won the Drama League of New York Award for Most Distinguished Performance. More film and television work followed, including Still of the Night (1982); Blue Thunder (1983); 2010 (1984); and 52 Pick-Up (1986). He was also seen in The Russia House (1990); The Rainmaker (1997); The Myth of Fingerprints (1998); and The Punisher (2004) with John Travolta. He also played the lead for Stephen Spielberg's Amblin television series Sea Quest DSV.
Roy's passion for documentaries, history and the environment has turned up throughout the years in his work as narrator for shows such as Legends, Icons and Superstars of the 20th Century, The World's Deadliest Sea Creatures, and Nova's Coma on PBS. Sadly, Roy passed away at the age of 75 from complications from multiple myeloma. At the time he and his wife Brenda (a documentary producer) were living in the Montauk area where several Pequots took refuge following the massacre at Mystic in 1637.
Dovie Thomason (Lakota, Kiowa Apache) narrates "The Algonquian Peoples" and "The Pale Strangers" sections of the documentary, which provide insights into the history and culture of Native Tribes in Southern New England. As a noted storyteller and cultural educator, Dovie shares her Native culture through traditional stories that provide a compelling perspective into her culture and have dealt with misconceptions of Native life and history. She has traveled extensively around the country to schools, universities and powwows, and has served as voice over artist for film and television productions. Dovie's versatile character portrayals can be heard in Lessons from the Animal People (1996) which was honored as an American Library Association's Notable Children's Recording (1997). It also won an honors award at the 1997 Storytelling World Awards, and the Editor's Choice Award from the ALA/Booklist (1997).
Dovie's first audiotape, "Wopilla:
A Giveaway," won the Parent's Choice Gold Award in 1973. In addition to working
on Mystic Voices, Dovie has been featured at several storytelling
events across the country, including the National Storytelling Festival in
Tennessee (1996); the Timpanogos Festival in Utah; the Sierra Festival in
California; the Hermitage Festival, Tennessee; the Three Apples Festival
in Massachusetts; the Connecticut Festival; and the Johnnycake Festival in
Rhode Island. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the
Arts and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Dovie has also been recognized
as a Master Teaching Artist, Master Traditional Artist and Artist-in Education
throughout the country.
Sheri Graubert narrates the "Zion in the Wilderness" section of the documentary, which provides background on the English Puritans who colonized New England in the early seventeenth century. In a dramatic reenactment depicting the fears and security concerns of the English Puritan settlers, she also portrays Helena Underhill, the Dutch wife of Captain John Underhill, one of the commanders at the Mystic Massacre.
Sheri's strong interests in complex human relationships, history, drama and the English language have been seen and heard in both The United Kingdom and the United States. Her voice has been heard on BBC radio for Our Betters and she appeared in the BBC comedy Keeping Mum.
She was featured opposite David Arquette in the film R.P.M. directed by Ian Sharp. Other films include An Everyday Matter, Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland; and Tradecraft. Sheri has also featured in several television shows both in England and America. For the stage she has performed all over Britain and with companies like Cheek by Jowl and the English Shakespeare Company. In America she has worked Berkeley Rep and in New York with companies such as Target Margin Theatre.
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