George C Scott

Actor, Director, Truck driver
A gruff, commanding lead, George C Scott has turned in impressive performances on stage, screen and TV since the 1950s, but is best remembered for his 1970 portrayal of "Patton" (and for refusing his Best Actor Oscar) ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1927 in Wise, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (84)

Gloria 1999 (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)

Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Justice 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Searchers 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

James Earl Jones 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life and Times of Gary Cooper 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Angus 1995 (Movie)

Ivan (Actor)

In the Heat of the Night: A Matter of Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyson 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Brute Force 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Traps 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Curacao 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Malice 1993 (Movie)

Dr Kessler (Actor)

The All-Star Salute to Our Troops 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rescuers Down Under 1990 (Movie)

of McLeash (Voice)

William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist III 1990 (Movie)

Lieutenant William Kinderman (Actor)

The Ryan White Story 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Murders in the Rue Morgue 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Choices 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

Firestarter 1984 (Movie)

John Rainbird (Actor)

Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt 1983 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Oliver Twist 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beastmaster 1982 (Movie)

Fun Priest (Actor)

Taps 1981 (Movie)

General Harlan Bache (Actor)

Hardcore 1979 (Movie)

Jake Van Dorn (Actor)

The Formula 1979 (Movie)

Lieutenuant Barney Caine (Actor)

Arthur Miller on Home Ground 1978 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Crossed Swords 1978 (Movie)

Ruffler (Actor)

The Changeling 1978 (Movie)

John Russell (Actor)

Beauty and the Beast 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Islands in the Stream 1977 (Movie)

Thomas Hudson (Actor)

Movie Movie 1977 (Movie)

Spats Baxter (Actor)

The First 50 Years 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Power and the Presidency 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Hindenburg 1974 (Movie)

Colonel Ritter (Actor)

A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Bank Shot 1973 (Movie)

Ballantine (Actor)

Oklahoma Crude 1973 (Movie)

Mase (Actor)

The Day of the Dolphin 1973 (Movie)

Dr Jake Terrell (Actor)

The Savage Is Loose 1973 (Movie)

John (Actor)

The Trouble With People 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Rage 1972 (Movie)

Dan Logan (Actor)

Super Comedy Bowl 2 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hospital 1971 (Movie)

Dr Herbert Bock (Actor)

The New Centurions 1971 (Movie)

Sergeant Kilvinski (Actor)

The Price 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

They Might Be Giants 1971 (Movie)

Justin (Actor)

The Last Run 1970 (Movie)

Harry Garmes (Actor)

Patton 1969 (Movie)

General George S Patton Jr (Actor)

Petulia 1968 (Movie)

Archie Bollen (Actor)

The Flim-Flam Man 1967 (Movie)

Mordecai (Actor)

Not With My Wife, You Don't 1965 (Movie)

Tank Martin (Actor)

The Bible 1965 (Movie)

Abraham (Actor)

Dr. Strangelove 1964 (Movie)

General "Buck" Turgidson (Actor)

The List of Adrian Messenger 1963 (Movie)

Anthony Gethryn (Actor)

The Yellow Rolls-Royce 1963 (Movie)

Paolo Maltese (Actor)

The Hustler 1961 (Movie)

Bert Gordon (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of a Murder 1959 (Movie)

Claude Dancer (Actor)

The Hanging Tree 1959 (Movie)

Grubb (Actor)

A Tale of Two Cities 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

12 Angry Men (TV Show)

Actor

A Christmas Carol (TV Show)

Actor

China Rose (TV Show)

Actor

Descending Angel (TV Show)

Actor

East Side/West Side (TV Show)

Actor

Fear on Trial (TV Show)

Actor

Finding the Way Home (TV Show)

Actor

Inherit the Wind (TV Show)

Actor

Jane Eyre (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. President (TV Show)

Actor

Mussolini: The Untold Story (TV Show)

Actor

Pals (TV Show)

Actor

Rocky Marciano (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Days of Patton (TV Show)

Actor

The Whipping Boy (TV Show)

Actor

Titanic (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

The Savage Is Loose 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Rage 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A gruff, commanding lead, George C Scott has turned in impressive performances on stage, screen and TV since the 1950s, but is best remembered for his 1970 portrayal of "Patton" (and for refusing his Best Actor Oscar).

Born in Virginia and raised in Detroit, Scott spent four years in the Marines and another four in college. He married, got a teaching job, and did not start acting until his early 30s. After a long apprenticeship in regional and summer stock productions, Scott took New York by storm in 1957 with his venomous portrayal of "Richard III" with New York Shakespeare Festival. He appeared in scores of plays over the next few years, including "The Andersonville Trial", "The Little Foxes", "Plaza Suite" and "The Merchant of Venice".

Scott made his film debut, supporting Gary Cooper, as a religious maniac in "The Hanging Tree" (1959). Raspy-voiced, with a many-times fractured nose and an explosive manner, Scott proved a riveting screen presence in some 27 films through 1980. Some, of course, have been better than others, his high points being powerful turns as the sardonic prosecuting attorney in "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959), the hard-boiled manager in "The Hustler" (1963), the comically mad general in "Dr. Strangelove" (1964), the empty-hearted surgeon in "The Hospital" (1971) and several roles in the parody "Movie Movie" (1978). A reluctant star, he caused a furor by refusing to accept his Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the crusty title character in "Patton" (1970). Scott's film career slowed down in the 1980s as his health declined, though he has continued to appear in occasional features ("Beastmaster" 1982, "Firestarter" 1984, "Malice" 1993, "Angus" 1995).

While Scott has directed two films ("Rage" 1972, and "The Savage Is Loose" 1975), he has won far greater acclaim as a stage director, directing himself in a harrowing performance as Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" (1975), in Larry Gelbart's farce "Sly Fox" (1976), in Noel Coward's comedy "Present Laughter" (1982) and co-starring with Charles Durning in a 1996 revival of "Inherit the Wind".

Scott's TV career began back in the 1950s with appearances on "Playhouse 90" (CBS) and the TV-movie "Winterset" (NBC, 1959). He co-starred in three short-lived series, the social worker drama "East Side/West Side" (CBS, 1963-64), the comedy "Mr. President" (Fox, 1987-88) and the detective show "Traps" (CBS, 1994). But Scott was shown to much better advantage in his more than 20 TV-movies. He portrayed Henry Wotton in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (CBS, 1961), Mr. Rochester in "Jane Eyre" (NBC, 1971), lawyer Louis Nizer in "Fear on Trial" (CBS, 1975), Fagin in "Oliver Twist" (CBS, 1982), Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" (CBS, 1984), the title character in "Mussolini: The Untold Story" (NBC, 1985), a boxing trainer in "Tyson" (HBO, 1995) and even reprised his most famous character in "The Last Days of Patton" (CBS, 1986).

Scott's private life has been almost as colorful as some of the characters he has played: the blunt-spoken and controversial actor was twice married to and divorced from imposing actress Colleen Dewhurst; one of their two sons is actor Campbell Scott. Married to actress Trish Van Devere since 1972, Scott also dallied with "The Bible" co-star Ava Gardner in the mid-1960s.

Relationships

Michelle

Daughter
Born Aug. 21, 1954 Was born from an extramarital affair he had with Karen Truesdell

Colleen Dewhurst Actor

Wife
Met in Circle in the Square production of "Children of Darkness" in 1958 Married in 1960 Divorced in July 1965 Remarried on July 4, 1967 Divorced on Feb. 2, 1972 Died on Aug. 22, 1991

Ava Gardner Actor

Companion
Had relationship while filming "The Bible" (1966) co-starred in "The Bible" (1966) Involved for several years in mid-1960s

Carolyn Hughes

Wife
Married in 1951 Divorced in 1955

Patricia Reed

Wife
Headed New York Office of Film and Television Production Married in 1955 Divorced in 1960

Campbell Scott Actor

Son
Born in 1962 Mother, Colleen Dewhurst

Helena Scott

Mother
Died when Scott was eight years old c. 1936

Devon Scott

Daughter
mother, Patricia Reed Scott

Victoria Scott

Daughter
mother, Carolyn Hughes

Alexander Scott

Son
born in 1961 mother, Colleen Dewhurst

Matthew Scott

Son
mother, Patricia Reed Scott

Trish Van Devere Actor

Wife
Married on Sept. 14, 1972 Remained married until his death in 1999

EDUCATION

University of Missouri

1950
initially enrolled as a journalism student; entered after service in Marines

University of Missouri

1950
initially enrolled as a journalism student; entered after service in Marines

Milestones

1999

Appeared opposite Jack Lemmon in Showtime remake of "Inherit the Wind"

1997

Co-starred in the small screen remake of "12 Angry Men"

1996

Withdrew from the Broadway production of "Inherit the Wind" over health problems

1990

Suffered heart attack

1975

Screen producing debut (also director) "The Savage is Loose"

1975

Broadway directorial debut, "Death of a Salesman" (also star)

1972

Screen directorial debut, "Rage"

1969

TV directing debut (also star), "The Andersonville Trial"

1967

Dropped out of directing "Dr Cook's Garden" on Broadway before first preview

1965

London stage debut, "The Three Sisters"

1962

Broadway producing debut,"Great Day in the Morning" (starring Colleen Dewhurst)

1961

Founded the Theatre of Michigan Company (with Theodore Mann)

1959

Screen debut in "The Hanging Tree"

1958

TV acting debut, "I Haven't Seen Her Lately" (episode of "Kraft Mystery Theater")

1957

New York stage debut as "Richard III", New York Shakespeare Festival

1944

Served four years in the Marine Corps.

Moved with father to Michigan after mother's death

Starred in TV series, "East Side, West Side"

Starred in TV series, "Mr. President"

Performed in over 150 productions in summer stock and with regional theaters

Bonus Trivia

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At the time of his death, Scott was working on his memoirs.

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