Life Imitates Art: “Jaws” Extra Named Oak Bluffs Police Chief

Photo courtesy of the Town of Oak Bluffs

OAK BLUFFS (AP) – A man who as a child had a brief but key role in “Jaws” has been named police chief on Martha’s Vineyard, where the 1975 movie was partially filmed.

Jonathan Searle was offered the job of police chief in Oak Bluffs last week. Searle was a sergeant with Edgartown police.

He told the Vineyard Gazette he is elated, humbled and honored.

The movie centers on the efforts of a police chief in a fictional resort town trying to rid the local waters of a killer shark. Searle played one of two boys who send beachgoers into a panic with a fake shark’s fin.

From The Associated Press

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