George C. Scott


Gravel-voiced George C. Scott was one of the most renowned American actors of his generation. Born in Virginia and raised in Detroit, Scott served in the Marines from 1945 to 1949, then enrolled at the University of Missouri, studying drama.

An unknown, Scott moved to New York in 1957. His big break came that same year when Broadway producer Joseph Papp cast him in a New York Shakespeare Company production of ?Richard III,? followed by ?As You Like It.? It was a combination of these two roles, which launched one of the most distinguished careers on the American stage.

Among Scott?s many stage credits are ?Comes a Day,? ?The Andersonville Trial,? ?The Wall,? ?Uncle Vanya,? ?Antony and Cleopatra,? ?Plaza Suite,? ?The Merchant of Venice,? ?The Three Sisters,? ?The Little Foxes,? ?Desire Under the Elms,? ?Sly Fox,? and ?The Boys of Autumn.? Scott also directed productions of ?Design for Living,? ?All God?s Chillun Got Wings,? and ?General Seeger,? as well as directing and acting in productions of ?Death of a Salesman,? ?Present Laughter,? and ?Clarence Darrow.?

Scott made his movie debut in 1959's ?The Hanging Tree,? and that same year garnered the first of his four Oscar Nominations. Primarily a film star of the 1960?s and 1970?s, Scott made international headlines when in 1971, at the height of his film career, he refused to accept his single Oscar win for Best Actor in ?Patton.? Scott called the Oscars a ?meat parade.? In a repeat performance, Scott turned down an Emmy for his work in the television adaptation of Arthur Miller?s ?The Price,? (1971).

From starring opposite Paul Newman in ?The Hustler,? (1961), to playing British detective Anthony Gethryn in ?The List of Adrian Messinger,? (1962), to General ?Buck? Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick?s ?Dr. Strangelove,? (1963), Scott descended in the 1980?s and 1990?s into a series of wholly unremarkable film roles and even lesser television appearances, including a disastrous turn as the star of the 1987 television series ?Mr. President.?

Married five times, Scott?s third and fourth wife was the distinguished actress Colleen Dewhurst.

Appearances in the BDE Catalog:

Directed Andersonville Trial, The

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