George C. Scott

Highest Rated: 100% The Hospital (1971)
Lowest Rated: 17% Gloria (1999)
Birthday: Oct 18, 1927
Birthplace: Wise, Virginia, USA
One of the finest American actors of his generation, George C. Scott was born in Virginia and raised in Detroit. After serving in the Marines from 1945 to 1949, Scott enrolled at the University of Missouri, determined to become an actor. Though his truculent demeanor and raspy voice would seem to typecast him in unpleasant roles, Scott exhibited an astonishing range of characterizations during his seven years in regional repertory theater. He also found time to teach a drama course at Stephens College. By the time Scott moved to New York in 1957, he was in full command of his craft; yet, because he was largely unknown outside of the repertory circuit, he considered himself a failure. While supporting himself as an IBM machine operator, Scott auditioned for producer Joseph Papp. Cast as the title character in Papp's production of Richard III, Scott finally achieved the stardom and critical adulation that had so long eluded him. Amidst dozens of choice television guest-starring performances, Scott made his movie debut in 1959's The Hanging Tree. That same year, he earned the first of four Oscar nominations for his incisive portrayal of big-city attorney Claude Dancer in Anatomy of a Murder. Over the next few years, Scott appeared in a dizzying variety of roles, ranging from Paul Newman's mercenary manager Bert Gordon in The Hustler (1961) to erudite British detective Anthony Gethryn in The List of Adrian Messenger (1962) to ape-like General "Buck" Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove (1963). After turning down several TV series offers, Scott accepted the role of social director Neil Brock on the David Susskind-produced "relevance" weekly East Side/West Side (1963-1964). He left the series in a huff in early 1964, citing the censorial idiocies of the program's network and sponsors; he also vowed to never again appear in a TV series -- at least until 1987, when the Fox network offered him 100,000 dollars per episode to star in the nonsensical sitcom Mr. President. In 1971, Scott made international headlines by refusing to accept his Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the title role of Patton, deriding the awards ceremony as a "meat parade." Two years later, he turned down an Emmy for his work in the TV adaptation of Arthur Miller's The Price. Curiously, he had no qualms about accepting such honors as the Golden Globe or Canada's Genie Award for the 1980 film The Changeling. Gravitating toward directing, Scott staged both the Broadway and TV productions of The Andersonville Trial, and he also directed two of his films: Rage (1973) and The Savage Is Loose (1974). In 1976, he added singing and dancing to his accomplishments when he starred on Broadway in Sly Fox, a musicalization of Ben Jonson's Volpone. In the '80s, Scott played Fagin in Oliver Twist (1982), Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (1984), and Dupin in The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1987); he also starred in a 1987 TV biopic of Mussolini, and enacted one of the most excruciatingly drawn-out death scenes in television history in The Last Days of Patton (1986). Making his cartoon voice-over debut in the anti-drug TV special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (1988), Scott served up more vocal villainy in the Disney-animated feature The Rescuers Down Under (1990). Not until his later years did he show signs of slowing down; in 1996, while appearing as Henry Drummond in the National Actors Theater production of Inherit the Wind, he suddenly took ill in mid-performance, excused himself, and left the stage, obliging director Tony Randall to take over the part for the balance of the show. He made one of his final appearances in an Emmy-winning performance in the all-star TV remake of 12 Angry Men with Jack Lemmon. Scott was married five times; his third and fourth wife was the distinguished actress Colleen Dewhurst, while wife number five was another stage and film actress, Trish Van Devere. Two of his children, Devon and Campbell, have also pursued acting careers. Scott died on September 2

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Inherit the Wind Matthew Harrison Brady 1999
33% Rocky Marciano Pierino Marchegiano 1999
17% Gloria Ruby Goldman 1999
No Score Yet Family Rescue Clayton Hayes 1997
92% 12 Angry Men Juror #3 1997
No Score Yet Titanic Capt. Edward J. Smith 1996
No Score Yet The Whipping Boy Blind George 1995
40% Angus Ivan 1995
No Score Yet Tyson Cus D'Amato 1995
No Score Yet Prince Brat And The Whipping Boy Actor 1994
59% Malice Kessler 1993
No Score Yet CIA: Exiled (Curacao) Cornelius Wettering 1993
No Score Yet Brute Force: At Risk - Combat Camera Narrator 1991
No Score Yet Descending Angel Florian Stroia 1990
69% The Rescuers Down Under McLeach 1990
56% The Exorcist III Kinderman 1990
No Score Yet Pals Jack Stobbs 1987
No Score Yet The Murders in the Rue Morgue Auguste Dupin 1986
No Score Yet The Last Days of Patton George S. Patton 1986
No Score Yet Choices Evan Granger 1986
No Score Yet Mussolini: The Untold Story Benito Mussolini 1985
No Score Yet A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge 1984
36% Firestarter John Rainbird 1984
No Score Yet The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt Narrator 1983
No Score Yet China Rose Actor 1983
No Score Yet Oliver Twist Fagin 1982
71% Taps Gen. Harlan Bache 1981
No Score Yet Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige Director 1981
30% The Formula Barney Caine 1980
82% The Changeling John Russell 1980
No Score Yet Arthur Miller on Home Ground Actor 1979
78% Hardcore Jake VanDorn 1979
No Score Yet Movie Movie Gloves Malloy/Spats Baxter 1978
No Score Yet Crossed Swords (The Prince and the Pauper) Ruffler 1977
86% Islands in the Stream Thomas Hudson 1977
40% The Hindenburg Col. Ritter 1975
No Score Yet Bank Shot Walter Upjohn Ballentine 1974
No Score Yet The Savage Is Loose John Producer Director 1974
45% The Day of the Dolphin Dr. Jake Terrell 1973
No Score Yet Oklahoma Crude Noble 'Mase' Mason 1973
No Score Yet Rage Dan Logan Director 1972
No Score Yet The New Centurions Sgt. Andy Kilvinski 1972
100% The Hospital Dr. Herbert Bock 1971
73% They Might Be Giants Justin Playfair 1971
No Score Yet Jane Eyre Edward Rochester 1971
No Score Yet The Last Run Harry Garmes 1971
No Score Yet Hollywood Television Theatre Director 1970
96% Patton Gen. George S. Patton 1970
92% Petulia Dr. Archie Bollen 1968
75% The Flim-Flam Man Mordecai Jones 1967
No Score Yet A Time for Killing Actor 1967
No Score Yet Not With My Wife, You Don't "Tank" Martin 1966
No Score Yet The Bible Abraham 1966
No Score Yet The Yellow Rolls-Royce Paolo Maltese 1965
98% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Gen. "Buck" Turgidson 1964
64% The List of Adrian Messenger Anthony Gethryn 1963
98% The Hustler Bert Gordon 1961
100% Anatomy of a Murder Claude Dancer 1959
No Score Yet The Hanging Tree Dr. George Grubb 1959

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Ben Casey
1961-1966
  • 1961
33% Traps
1994
Joe Trapchek

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