George C. Scott Biography ((?)-)



See index for CTFT sketch: Full name, George Campbell Scott; born October 18, 1927, in Wise, VA; died of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, September 22, 1999, in Westlake Village, CA. Actor. Known for his fiery temper and outspoken personality, Scott was also a well-respected and celebrated actorbest known for his roles in the 1970 film Patton and Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Though he won the Academy Award for his performance in the title role of Patton, Scott refused the award, a trend he began when heturned down an Academy Award nomination for his part in the 1961 film TheHustler. Prior to embarking on an acting career, Scott served in the Marine Corps and studied journalism at the University of Missouri in the 1940s. Participating in a college play led him to choose acting as a vocation. Scottstruggled for seven years, working with theatrical companies in Toledo, Ohio,Washington, D.C., and Ontario, Canada, before receiving his first big breakin New York in the late 1950s, when he appeared in Joseph Papp's New YorkShakespeare Festival presentations of Richard III, As You Like It, and Children of Darkness. Scott made his Broadway debut in Comes a Day. Scott's first taste of success included a number of awards,including his first Obie Award for off-Broadway best actor. In 1959 he appeared in his first film, The Hanging Tree, and a year later Scott playeda prosecutor in Anatomy of a Murder, which resulted in his first Academy Award nomination. While continuing to act in films during the 1960s and 1970s, Scott also worked in television, appearing on the short-lived television series East Side/West Side in the early 1960s and directing The Andersonville Trial for PBS in 1970. He won an Emmy Award for The Andersonville Trial. Scott also directed two motion pictures in the early 1970s. Scott's movie career slowed in the 1980s, and he worked more frequently in television, appearing in Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol. Always preferring the stage to film or television, Scott returned to Broadway in the early 1990s, appearing in On Borrowed Time in 1991 and in arevival of Inherit the Wind in 1996, which garnered him an AntoinettePerry Award. Though suffering from ill health, Scott took a role in Showtime's television remake of Twelve Angry Men in 1997 and subsequentlywon an Emmy Award for best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie. In 1999he appeared in two television movies, Inherit the Wind and Rocky Marciano. Scott's final film role was in Gloria in 1999.

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