Child Actor in “Jaws” Now Police Chief On The Island Where Movie was Filmed

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Actor as a child Jonathan SearleFrom being a troublemaker onscreen to playing a prominent role in law enforcement, he has become a star. Fans of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic thriller JawsIt may be surprising to learn that Amity Island was a fictional town created for the film. But it wasn’t all movie magic—the town was modeled after and filmed in the beloved tourist destination of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Searle now pays tribute to his hometown.

Jonathan Searle appointed as the new Chief of Police

In 1975, audiences saw a young Jonathan Searle swimming in shallow waters with a shark fin on a public beach. This scene provided an unforgettable break in the tension for those who were anticipating another attack by the killer shark.

While it was just a brief speaking role, the young Searle surely could have used that exposure to launch a Hollywood career—but he had other plans. Instead of pursuing a film career, he followed in his father’s footsteps. George Searle was the patriarch of the family and served in the police force for their community for over 30 years. From 1981 to 1995, Searle was even the police chief.

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Jonathan Searle won the 3-1 vote in spring to be selected, fulfilling a lifelong goal for the onscreen prankster. “I’m clearly elated and I’m humbled and honored to have been offered the position,” Searle said that the Vineyard Gazette. “It’s something I’ve been working toward my whole career.”

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But this isn’t the first time people have made the connection between the police officer and his 15 minutes of childhood fame. In 2008, a series of frightening shark sightings afflicted the Vineyard. Searle’s team was on the case and in a truly remarkable twist of fate, the whole thing turned out to be a hoax. Ironically, Searle uncovered hoaxer Michael Lopenzo’s scheme to stir panic by orchestrating false shark sightings.

Fans certainly didn’t miss the irony, quickly connecting Searle to his role in the Spielberg classic. Now, JawsSuperfans and locals familiar with Searle are buzzing about his new role. “I’m finding the whole thing quite funny myself!”The new police chief The New York Post after his appointment, acknowledging the amazing full-circle journey he’s embarked on.

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