A child actor from Jaw has been appointed the sheriff of the town where the classic movie was filmed.
Jonathan Searle co-starred with his real-life brother in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film, with the boys playing two young jokers who caused a mass riot on the beach as they swam in the ocean with a cardboard fin.
Now, 47 years after filming the horror film, 56-year-old native Martha Vineyard has been elected to take on the most senior role on the Edgartown police force in Massachusetts.
“I myself find the whole thing quite amusing!” Searle said to The New York Post.
Despite his role in the classic film, he ultimately chose not to pursue an acting career, choosing instead to join law enforcement in 1986.
Searle gradually rose in the ranks over the years, following in the footsteps of his father, who previously served as the force’s police chief from 1981 to 1995.
“I am obviously excited and I am humbled and very honored to be offered this position,” said Searle. The Vineyard Gazette. “It’s something that I’ve worked on throughout my career.”
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Jaw was a box office success, bringing in nearly $500 million (£400 million) in profits, leading to three sequels, Function 2, Function 3-D, and Jaws: The Revenge.