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Also Known As: Zachary Thomson Scott Jr. Died: October 3, 1965
Born: February 24, 1914 Cause of Death: brain tumor
Birth Place: Austin, Texas, USA Profession: actor, cabin boy

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Handsome, slender, often mustachioed actor, who, after making his mark on the stage, made an auspicious film debut in the title role of "The Mask of Dimitrios" in 1944. Scott contributed a memorable turn as a sharecropper in Jean Renoir's finest American work, "The Southerner" (1945), and went on to play a variety of unctuous cads and scoundrels (with an occasional sympathetic variation) through the 1950s and early 60s. One of his best remembered performances was as the seductive, snaky socialite who marries the ultimate upwardly mobile mom, "Mildred Pierce" (1945). He was married to actress Ruth Ford.

Handsome, slender, often mustachioed actor, who, after making his mark on the stage, made an auspicious film debut in the title role of "The Mask of Dimitrios" in 1944. Scott contributed a memorable turn as a sharecropper in Jean Renoir's finest American work, "The Southerner" (1945), and went on to play a variety of unctuous cads and scoundrels (with an occasional sympathetic variation) through the 1950s and early 60s. One of his best remembered performances was as the seductive, snaky socialite who marries the ultimate upwardly mobile mom, "Mildred Pierce" (1945). He was married to actress Ruth Ford.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 It's Only Money (1962) Gregory DeWitt
2.
 The Young One (1961) Miller
3.
 Natchez Trace (1960) John A. Morrow
4.
 The Counterfeit Plan (1957) Max [Brant]
5.
 Flame of the Islands (1956) Wade Evans
6.
 Bandido (1956) Kennedy
7.
 Shotgun (1955) Reb [Carleton]
8.
 Treasure of Ruby Hills (1955) Ross Haney
9.
 Appointment in Honduras (1953) Harry Sheppard
10.
 Wings of Danger (1952) [Richard "Van"] Vaness
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Dropped out of college and sailed to England to pursue a stage career
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Toured with the English Repertory Company
1934:
First prominent stage role in "The Outsider" performed in Bath, England
1935:
Returned to the USA
1940:
Moved to NYC to work with the Theater Guild
1944:
Signed to severn-year contract by Warner Bros.
1944:
Screen debut in "The Mask of Dimitrios"
1945:
Co-starred with Joan Crawford in "Mildred Pierce"
1945:
Starred in what is generally considered his best role, "The Southerner"
1948:
Played a remorseless villain in "Ruthless"
1950:
Injured in a boating accident
1951:
When Warner Bros. contract ended, worked free-lance
1951:
Arrested twice; once in New Orleans for drinking with blacks; and again in Hawaii for public drunkeness
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Began appearing in TV shows like "Robert Montgomery Presents", "Lux Video Theater" and others
1956:
Co-starred with Gilbert Roland and Robert Mitchum in "Bandito"
1956:
Played the King in the Broadway musical "The King and I"
1959:
Starred opposite wife Ruth Ford on Broadway in the short-lived "Requiem for a Nun"
1960:
Directed by Luis Bunuel in "The Young One/La Joven"
1961:
Portrayed Rochester in a TV adaptation of "Jane Eyre" (CBS)
1962:
Final film, "It's Only Money"
1963:
Last stage appearance in "Rainy Night in Newark"
1964:
Diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor
1965:
In July, underwent brain surgery
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Education

University of Texas at Austin: Austin , Texas -

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wife:
Elaine Anderson. Actor. Married on February 24, 1935; divorced in 1949; later married novelist John Steinbeck in 1950.
wife:
Ruth Ford. Actor. Married in June 1952.

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father:
Zachary T Scott. Physician. Descendant of George Washington.
daughter:
Waverly Scott. Born in 1935; mother, Elaine Anderson.
daughter:
Wendy Scott. Ford's daughter with Peter Van Eyck; legally adopted by Scott.

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