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Also Known As: Died:
Born: July 19, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, director

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As an actor, director and producer, Campbell Scott - who first made an impact on moviegoers with his touching portrayal of a man living with cancer in the Julia Roberts showcase, "Dying Young" (1991) - was inarguably a dignitary of American independent film. The stage-trained Broadway actor never strayed far from the world of small, personal films, where he impressed critics and festival-goers with the difficult acting challenges he took on in the AIDS chronicle "Longtime Companion" (1989), the literary gem "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" (1994), and the jaded New Yorker story "Roger Dodger" (2002). Scott also earned a solid reputation as a director, first sharing duties with Stanley Tucci in the appetizing indie favorite "Big Night" (1996) before taking the helm of his own television adaptation of "Hamlet" (Hallmark Channel, 2000) and dramatic features "Final" (2001) and "Off the Map" (2005). With his soulful performances as polished but emotionally clueless professionals and brilliantly nuanced oddballs, Scott well deserved his reputation as a champion of independent film and one of its strongest talents.

As an actor, director and producer, Campbell Scott - who first made an impact on moviegoers with his touching portrayal of a man living with cancer in the Julia Roberts showcase, "Dying Young" (1991) - was inarguably a dignitary of American independent film. The stage-trained Broadway actor never strayed far from the world of small, personal films, where he impressed critics and festival-goers with the difficult acting challenges he took on in the AIDS chronicle "Longtime Companion" (1989), the literary gem "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" (1994), and the jaded New Yorker story "Roger Dodger" (2002). Scott also earned a solid reputation as a director, first sharing duties with Stanley Tucci in the appetizing indie favorite "Big Night" (1996) before taking the helm of his own television adaptation of "Hamlet" (Hallmark Channel, 2000) and dramatic features "Final" (2001) and "Off the Map" (2005). With his soulful performances as polished but emotionally clueless professionals and brilliantly nuanced oddballs, Scott well deserved his reputation as a champion of independent film and one of its strongest talents.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Final (2001) Director
2.
  Big Night (1996) Co-Director
3.
  Hamlet (2000) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Still (2013)
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 Beware the Gonzo (2010)
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 Handsome Harry (2009)
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 One Week (2008)
10.
 No End in Sight (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in upstate New York
1982:
Appeared opposite his mother Colleen Dewhurst in the Broadway production of "The Queen and the Rebels"
1984:
Cast as the understudy in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing"; eventually took over the role of Brody
1985:
Returned to Broadway in the revival of Noel Coward's "Hay Fever"
1986:
Played Richard Rich in the off-Broadway revival of Robert Bolt's "A Man for All Seasons"
1987:
First starring role, in the off-Broadway play "Copperhead"
1987:
Film acting debut, "Five Corners"
1987:
Acted with mother in the Yale repertory productions of "Long Day's Journey into Night" and "Ah, Wilderness!"
1989:
First significant film role, played a gay man coping with the AIDS crisis in "Longtime Companion"
1990:
Co-starred with Debra Winger and John Malkovich in Bernardo Bertolucci's adaptation of "The Sheltering Sky"
1990:
Portrayed Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. in the ABC miniseries "The Kennedys of Massachusetts"
1991:
Starred opposite Julia Roberts in "Dying Young"; film also featured Dewhurst in her last film role
1991:
Co-starred with Martha Plimpton in the New York Shakespeare Festival's "Pericles, Prince of Tyre"
1992:
Played Kyra Sedgwick's love interest in Cameron Crowe's ensemble feature "Singles"
1993:
Played a military technician opposite Anthony Hopkins and Isabella Rossellini in John Schlesinger's "The Innocent"
1994:
Co-starred with Jennifer Jason Leigh in Alan Rudolph's "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"
1996:
Reprised "Hamlet" at Boston's Huntington Theatre
1996:
Co-directed first film with Stanley Tucci, "Big Night"; also co-starred as a sleazy used car salesman
1997:
Executive produced and acted in Greg Mottola's independent film "The Daytrippers"; Tucci played leading role
1997:
Starred in David Mamet's "The Spanish Prisoner"
1997:
Portrayed Thomas Jefferson in the PBS miniseries "Liberty! The American Revolution"
1998:
Re-teamed with Tucci as one of the stars of the ensemble comedy "The Impostors"
1998:
Cast in supporting role opposite Ben Kingsley and Joanna Lumley in Showtime's "The Tale of Sweeney Todd"; re-teamed with director John Schlesinger
1999:
Delivered a wonderfully off-kilter turn as the straight-man doctor of John Paisz's sci-fi spoof "Top of the Food Chain"
1999:
Played a patronizing philanthropist in Tom Gilroy's "Spring Forward"
2000:
Starred as inebriated ex-con (and former pro golfer) Lionel 'Ex' Exley in Caroline Champetier's "Lush"; screened at Sundance
2000:
Portrayed the menacing, wildly unpredictable brother of a straight-laced yuppie in Dan McCormack's "Other Voices"
2000:
Directed, adapted, and starred in "Hamlet" for the Odyssey network
2001:
Solo film directorial debut, "Final"; also produced
2002:
Landed featured role in the CBS miniseries "The Pilot's Wife"
2002:
Starred in the comedy "Roger Dodger"
2003:
Starred opposite Hope Davis in "The Secret Lives of Dentists"
2005:
Co-starred with Peter Sarsgaard in "The Dying Gaul"
2005:
Again collaborated with Hope Davis in "Duma"
2006:
Co-starred with Kyra Sedgwick in the Kevin Bacon-directed "Loverboy"; premiered at Sundance in 2005
2007:
Lent his voice for the narration of the critically-acclaimed Iraq War documentary film "No End in Sight"
2009:
Landed recurring role on the USA Network drama "Royal Pains"
2010:
Joined cast in the third season of FX's "Damages"
2012:
Co-starred with Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man" as Peter Parker's father
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Education

John Jay High School: Cross River , New York -
Lawrence University: Appleton , Wisconsin - 1983

Notes

About Scott's performance in "Longtime Companion": "Willy was the least articulate character in the film. It's very hard to do, but it was clear from the first reading that Campbell was going to be killingly accurate. He was so damned good that when we began editing, every time there was a pause, every one would say, 'Cut to Campbell.' He really became the heart of the movie." --screenwriter Craig Lucas quoted in Rolling Stone, June 14, 1990

"Campbell Scott, in the title role has all the makings of a late Shakespearean hero: brooding good looks, a poetic vocal instrument, an open heart and for that matter, an impressive body." --Frank Rich in his The New York Times review of "Pericles, Prince of Tyre", November 25, 1991

"This kid came in who had been in a small role in an earlier production. He just had it. He walked in and right away you had the sense you were dealing with an actor and not a performer. . . . Campbell pursued the needs of the text in a way that was so honest it become both romantic and funny, really funny." --Mark Lamos, director/actor, recalling Scott's first audition for him in Village Voice, November 26, 1991 [They co-starred together in "Longtime Companion"]

"Contendable male actors are like rings on a tree. You don't get them all the time. . . . I'd already seen him work before we did 'Hamlet', and I remember thinking that this is one of those faces, like Henry Fonda's or James Stewart's, that is going to travel a long way with us because it can be a thousand things--goofy, romantic, proud, grotesque, you name it." --Jack O'Brien, who directed Campbell Scott's "Hamlet" in San Diego, quoted in Village Voice, November 6, 1991

On his famous parents Colleen Dewhurst and George C. Scott: "I'm so grateful to have had the chance to work with her. I learned a lot from her, and she was a pro. She was delightful. I feel the same way about my dad although I haven't worked with him. He's a smart wonderful actor and I always learn from watching him. He's an old theater pro from way back, and he has a real idea about the nobility of the profession which, let's face it, kind of goes out the window these days." --Scott to Renee Graham in Boston Globe, April 9, 1998

"I go back to the stage all the time; I would die if I wouldn't. My parents, up to a certain point, were New York theater actors rather than movie stars. I want to conduct my life that way as well. Those were the tenets they held close to them. For me, the ideal career would be to direct film and act in the theater." --Scott quoted in USA Today, May 4, 1998

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Anne Scott. Painter. Married in July 1991.

Family close complete family listing

father:
George C Scott. Actor, director. Born on October 18, 1927; first married Colleen Dewhurst in 1960; divorced in 1965; remarried in 1967; divorced a second time in 1972; died on September 22, 1999.
mother:
Colleen Dewhurst. Actor. Born on June 3, 1926; died on August 22, 1991.
half-sister:
Victoria Scott. Older.
half-brother:
Matthew Scott.
half-sister:
Devon Scott. Former actor.
brother:
Alexander Scott. Born in 1961.
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