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George C. Scott

Highest Rated:   100% The Hospital (1971)
Lowest Rated:   17% Gloria (1999)
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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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Islands in the Stream
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Inherit the Wind
  • Matthew Harrison Brady
1999
33% Rocky Marciano
  • Pierino Marchegiano
1999
17% Gloria
  • Ruby Goldman
1999
92% 12 Angry Men
  • Juror #3
1997
No Score Yet Family Rescue
  • Clayton Hayes
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
  • Cornelius Wettering
1993
No Score Yet Brute Force: At Risk - Combat Camera
  • Narrator
1991
No Score Yet Descending Angel
  • Florian Stroia
1990
68% The Rescuers Down Under
  • McLeach
1990
55% 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
38% 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
75% 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
76% The Changeling
  • John Russell
1980
No Score Yet Arthur Miller on Home Ground
  • Actor
1979
86% 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
80% 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
43% 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
78% 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
95% Patton
  • Gen. George S. Patton
1970
91% Petulia
  • Dr. Archie Bollen
1968
71% 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
99% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Gen. "Buck" Turgidson
1964
69% 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

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