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Also Known As: George Campbell Scott Died: September 22, 1999
Born: October 18, 1927 Cause of Death: ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm
Birth Place: Wise, Virginia, USA Profession: actor, director, bricklayer, truck driver

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A gruff, commanding lead, George C Scott has turned in impressive performances on stage, screen and TV since the 1950s, but is best remembered for his 1970 portrayal of "Patton" (and for refusing his Best Actor Oscar).Born in Virginia and raised in Detroit, Scott spent four years in the Marines and another four in college. He married, got a teaching job, and did not start acting until his early 30s. After a long apprenticeship in regional and summer stock productions, Scott took New York by storm in 1957 with his venomous portrayal of "Richard III" with New York Shakespeare Festival. He appeared in scores of plays over the next few years, including "The Andersonville Trial", "The Little Foxes", "Plaza Suite" and "The Merchant of Venice".Scott made his film debut, supporting Gary Cooper, as a religious maniac in "The Hanging Tree" (1959). Raspy-voiced, with a many-times fractured nose and an explosive manner, Scott proved a riveting screen presence in some 27 films through 1980. Some, of course, have been better than others, his high points being powerful turns as the sardonic prosecuting attorney in "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959), the hard-boiled manager in "The Hustler" (1963), the comically mad...

A gruff, commanding lead, George C Scott has turned in impressive performances on stage, screen and TV since the 1950s, but is best remembered for his 1970 portrayal of "Patton" (and for refusing his Best Actor Oscar).

Born in Virginia and raised in Detroit, Scott spent four years in the Marines and another four in college. He married, got a teaching job, and did not start acting until his early 30s. After a long apprenticeship in regional and summer stock productions, Scott took New York by storm in 1957 with his venomous portrayal of "Richard III" with New York Shakespeare Festival. He appeared in scores of plays over the next few years, including "The Andersonville Trial", "The Little Foxes", "Plaza Suite" and "The Merchant of Venice".

Scott made his film debut, supporting Gary Cooper, as a religious maniac in "The Hanging Tree" (1959). Raspy-voiced, with a many-times fractured nose and an explosive manner, Scott proved a riveting screen presence in some 27 films through 1980. Some, of course, have been better than others, his high points being powerful turns as the sardonic prosecuting attorney in "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959), the hard-boiled manager in "The Hustler" (1963), the comically mad general in "Dr. Strangelove" (1964), the empty-hearted surgeon in "The Hospital" (1971) and several roles in the parody "Movie Movie" (1978). A reluctant star, he caused a furor by refusing to accept his Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the crusty title character in "Patton" (1970). Scott's film career slowed down in the 1980s as his health declined, though he has continued to appear in occasional features ("Beastmaster" 1982, "Firestarter" 1984, "Malice" 1993, "Angus" 1995).

While Scott has directed two films ("Rage" 1972, and "The Savage Is Loose" 1975), he has won far greater acclaim as a stage director, directing himself in a harrowing performance as Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" (1975), in Larry Gelbart's farce "Sly Fox" (1976), in Noel Coward's comedy "Present Laughter" (1982) and co-starring with Charles Durning in a 1996 revival of "Inherit the Wind".

Scott's TV career began back in the 1950s with appearances on "Playhouse 90" (CBS) and the TV-movie "Winterset" (NBC, 1959). He co-starred in three short-lived series, the social worker drama "East Side/West Side" (CBS, 1963-64), the comedy "Mr. President" (Fox, 1987-88) and the detective show "Traps" (CBS, 1994). But Scott was shown to much better advantage in his more than 20 TV-movies. He portrayed Henry Wotton in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (CBS, 1961), Mr. Rochester in "Jane Eyre" (NBC, 1971), lawyer Louis Nizer in "Fear on Trial" (CBS, 1975), Fagin in "Oliver Twist" (CBS, 1982), Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" (CBS, 1984), the title character in "Mussolini: The Untold Story" (NBC, 1985), a boxing trainer in "Tyson" (HBO, 1995) and even reprised his most famous character in "The Last Days of Patton" (CBS, 1986).

Scott's private life has been almost as colorful as some of the characters he has played: the blunt-spoken and controversial actor was twice married to and divorced from imposing actress Colleen Dewhurst; one of their two sons is actor Campbell Scott. Married to actress Trish Van Devere since 1972, Scott also dallied with "The Bible" co-star Ava Gardner in the mid-1960s.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Savage Is Loose, The (1974) Director
2.
  Rage (1972) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Inherit the Wind (1999) Matthew Harrison Brady
2.
 Rocky Marciano (1999) Pierino
3.
 Gloria (1999) Ruby
4.
 Country Justice (1997) Clayton Harris
5.
 12 Angry Men (1997) Juror No 3
6.
 Titanic (1996)
7.
 Angus (1995) Ivan
8.
 Tyson (1995) Cus D'Amato
10.
 Curacao (1993) Cornelius Wettering
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Milestones close milestones

:
Moved with father to Michigan after mother's death
1945:
Served four years in the Marine Corps.
:
Performed in over 150 productions in summer stock and with regional theaters
1957:
New York stage debut as "Richard III", New York Shakespeare Festival
1958:
TV acting debut, "I Haven't Seen Her Lately" (episode of "Kraft Mystery Theater")
1959:
Screen debut in "The Hanging Tree"
1961:
Founded the Theatre of Michigan Company (with Theodore Mann)
1962:
Broadway producing debut,"Great Day in the Morning" (starring Colleen Dewhurst)
:
Starred in TV series, "East Side, West Side"
1965:
London stage debut, "The Three Sisters"
1967:
Dropped out of directing "Dr Cook's Garden" on Broadway before first preview
1970:
TV directing debut (also star), "The Andersonville Trial"
1972:
Screen directorial debut, "Rage"
1975:
Screen producing debut (also director) "The Savage is Loose"
1975:
Broadway directorial debut, "Death of a Salesman" (also star)
:
Starred in TV series, "Mr. President"
1990:
Suffered heart attack
1996:
Withdrew from the Broadway production of "Inherit the Wind" over health problems
1997:
Co-starred in the small screen remake of "12 Angry Men"
1999:
Appeared opposite Jack Lemmon in Showtime remake of "Inherit the Wind"
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Education

University of Missouri: - 1950
University of Missouri: - 1950

Notes

At the time of his death, Scott was working on his memoirs.

"You've got to be three different people. You have to be a human being. Then you have to be the character you're playing. And on top of that you've got to be the guy sitting out there in Row 10, watching yourself and judging yourself." --George C Scott, quoted in "The Great Movie Stars", Volume 2, by David Shipman

"I became an actor to escape my own personality. Acting is the most therapeutic thing in the world. I think all the courage that I may lack personally I have as an actor." --George C. Scott, quoted in "Earl Blackwell's Celebrity Register", 1991

Scott continued his long association (since 1958) with the Circle in the Square theater: in 1982 he starred in and directed a highly praised production of Noel Coward's "Present Laughter", in 1984 he directed Coward's "Design for Living", in 1986 he played an adult Huck Finn to John Cullum's aging Tom Sawyer in "Boys in Autumn", and in 1991 he directed and starred as the grandfather in Paul Osborn's 1938 fantasy-comedy "On Borrowed Time".

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wife:
Carolyn Hughes. Divorced.
wife:
Patricia Reed. Former folksinger, actor, political appointee. Headed New York Office of Film and Television Production.
wife:
Colleen Dewhurst. Actor. Twice married and divorced: married in 1960; divorced in July 1965; remarried on July 4, 1967; divorced on February 2, 1972; died on August 22, 1991; met in Circle in the Square production of "Children of Darkness" (1958).
companion:
Ava Gardner. Actor. Co-starred in "The Bible" (1966); involved for several years in mid-1960s.
wife:
Trish Van Devere. Actor. Born on March 9, 1945; married on September 14, 1972.
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father:
George C Scott. Former miner, executive.
mother:
Helena Scott. Died when Scott was eight years old c. 1936.
daughter:
Victoria Scott. Mother, Carolyn Hughes.
son:
Matthew Scott. Mother, Patricia Reed Scott.
daughter:
Devon Scott. Former actor. Mother, Patricia Reed Scott.
son:
Alexander Scott. Theatrical stage manager, writer. Born in 1961; mother, Colleen Dewhurst.
son:
Campbell Scott. Actor. Born in 1962; mother, Colleen Dewhurst.
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