A child actor who starred in the hit 1975 film Jaws has become chief of police on the island where it was filmed.
Jonathan Searle played a minor role as one of the pranksters who placed a fake shark fin in the waters off Amity Island.
Now, 47 years later, he has been named chief of police for the town of Oaks Bluff on Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts island where most of Jaws was filmed.
Mr Searle appeared with his brother in the Steven Spielberg film, which was set in a fictional town on Long Island.
Starring Roy Scheider as the film’s police chief, Brody, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss, it centered on a great white shark wreaking havoc among beachgoers.
In a memorable scene, Brody remarks, “I can do anything. I am the chief of police.
Mr Searle has been with the local force since 1986, the Vineyard Gazette reported.
In 2008 he accused a man of disorderly conduct for doing what he acted in the film – lying and telling beachgoers he saw two great whites off the island.
Mr Search told the Vineyard Gazette he was ‘humbled and honored to have been offered the job’ of chief constable.
“It’s something I’ve worked on all my career,” he added.