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George C. Scott

After winning acclaim on the stage, the legendary star made his movie debut in The Hanging Tree and received a 1959 Academy Award® nomination as Best Actor for his second picture, Anatomy Of A Murder. His third screen performance, in The Hustler, brought a 1961 Oscar® nomination, an honor he chose to decline. For playing the title role in Patton, Scott was honored with the 1970 Academy Award as Best Actor, which he refused to acknowledge, as he did with his Oscar nomination for The Hospital in 1971.

His more than 30 motion pictures include The List Of Adrian Messenger, Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb, The Yellow Rolls Royce, The Bible, Not With My Wife You Don't, The Flim Flam Man, Petulia, They Might Be Giants, The Last Run, The New Centurions and Rage, which he also directed. Scott's additional credits include Oklahoma Crude, The Day Of The Dolphin, Bank Shot, The Savage Is Loose, which he produced and directed, The Hindenburg, Plaza Suite, Islands In The Stream, Movie Movie, Hardcore, The Changeling, Taps, Firestarter and The Exorcist III.

Following four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and journalism studies at the University of Missouri, the future star served a long acting apprenticeship on regional American and Canadian stages. Scott gained initial prominence in the New York Shakespeare Festival's 1956 presentation of Richard III, followed by more rave reviews for As You Like It and Children Of Darkness, which brought him virtually every award given an off-Broadway performance. His Broadway debut opposite Judith Anderson in Comes A Day elevated him to stardom. Other New York theatrical credits include The Andersonville Trial, The Wall, Desire Under The Elms, Plaza Suite, Uncle Vanya, Death Of A Salesman, which he also directed, Sly Fox, and The Boys Of Autumn. He earned a Tony nomination for his work in Inherit The Wind.

His television work includes starring in two series, East Side/West Side and Mr. President. His first TV directing assignment was The Andersonville Trial, honored with an Emmy Award as Best Drama. Among his other TV specials are Jane Eyre, The Last Days of Patton, The Power and the Glory with Laurence Olivier, Beauty and the Beast, with his wife Trish Van Devere, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Tyson, and, more recently, Titanic and Country Justice. In 1971, he won an Emmy as Best Actor for The Price. In 1997, he was honored with the CableACE Award and a Golden Globe for the television production of 12 Angry Men.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

George C. Scott Facts

Birth NameGeorge Campbell Scott
BirthdayOctober 18, 1927
BirthplaceWise, Virginia, USA
Date of deathSeptember 22, 1999 (age 71)
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is George C. Scott compared to you?
Awards1998 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Film (for 12 Angry Men)
1971 Academy Awards: Best Actor (for Patton)
1971 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (for Patton)

Selected Filmography

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