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George C. Scott, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Scott in PATTON.

George C. Scott: Best Actor 1970: MovieActors.com

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PATTON (War Biography – R)

George C. Scott received his Oscar for playing the flamboyant, controversial American General George S. Patton, Jr. in this WW2 classic.











About George C. Scott (1927 – 1999)

George C. Scott was born in Wise, Virginia. His mother died when he was 7, almost 8. His father was a business executive, who perhaps was not a nurturing person. Throughout his early life and teen years, George C. developed a self-loathing, and didn't like himself too much.

His love of and talent in writing began early, perhaps encouraged by his father, or some other adult in his life. By the time George was attending Redford High School in Detroit, he was writing many short stories, and attempted to write novels, but was never satisfied with his final outcome. He tried throughout his life to write novels, but had this same problem.

AT 17, after trying to write novels, George joined the Marine Corps in 1945, for a 4 year stint, but missed combat because WW 11 ended. During his years in the Marine Corp, George taught English literature and radio speaking/writing at the Marine Corp. Institute in Washington D.C.

George was also assigned to honor guard duty at Arlington National Cemetery for military funerals, which was depressing for him. His poor opinion of himself meshed with this depression, causing the beginning of his heavy drinking, that killed several marriages, but got under control by the time he was cast to play the character, PATTON.

By his 5th marriage, he had learned as well what part of his problem was in his marriages, and evolved. "Since childhood, the whole self-loathing thing was a big part of my makeup. Now I've learned to say, 'OK, I've screwed up'. Then I try to make amends."

George had five children. First marriage was to Carolyn Huges;(1951-1955), and they had a daughter, Victoria. His second marriage was to Patricia Reed;(1955-1960), and they had a son, Matthew, and a daughter, Devon. His third and fourth marriage was to Colleen Dewhurst;(1960-1965 & 1967-1972). They had two sons; Alexander and Campbell.

His fifth marriage was to Trish Van Devere, in 1972 that lasted until George died in 1999. He adopted Trish's infant nephew, naming him George D. Scott, and they lived together peacefully in Malibu.

After leaving the Marines, Scott attended the University of Missouri, to pursue journalism, but developed an interest in theater and left college to pursue acting.

On his passion for acting, George C. Scott commented,"I became an actor to escape my own personality. Acting is the most therapeutic thing in the world. I think all the courage that I may lack personally, I have as an actor. It was the only avenue of escape I had from myself. It's never been difficult to subjugate myself to a part because I don't like myself too well. Acting was, in every sense, my means of survival."

Once in New York, Scott appeared with the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1958. By 1959, he was on Broadway, where he acted and directed through the 60's. Throughtout his stage career, he was nominated for 5 Tony Awards.

In 1959, George C. Scott played the crafty prosecutor in the courtroom drama, ANATOMY OF A MURDER, with James Stuart and Lee Remick. Scott was nominated for a supporting Oscar for his work. George C. Scott was nominated again for Best Supporting Actor for his 1961 portrayal of cut throat pool manager Bert Gordon, in THE HUSTLER, with Paul Newman.

One of his most memorable rolls was as General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubrik's black comedy, DR. STRANGELOVE OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB in 1964. George C. Scott played an alpha male military man in the midst of fooling around with his secretary after hours, who can't quite understand that a doomsday machine has been activated at his base.

Then, in 1970, George C. Scott play another General, General Patton in PATTON. He was again nominated for an Oscar for his performance and won the award. He did not attend the ceremony, but watched hockey at home on TV.

Scott explained, "I have nothing against Oscar. I know what he stands for and it's terrific. And I think when people used to hang around and pat each other on the back over a drink and dinner it was wonderful. But when it became an international hoopla, where careers lived and died on whether or not you did or didn't get an Oscar, then it got out of hand."

Called by many one of the greatest film actors, he himself said, "Bette Davis is my bloody idol. I admire her more than any other film star."

George Scott had some words of reflection on the process of becoming an actor.. "Much of the learning process is finding out what not to do, like indulging in excesses... method acting, where they all get together and act for each other in a test-tube atmosphere."

George C. Scott's directing credits include:

RAGE (1972)
THE SAVAGE IS LOOSE (1974)

George C. Scott's notable movie credits include...

THE HANGING TREE (1959)
ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959)
THE HUSTLER (1961)
THE LIST OF ADRIAN MESSENGER (1963)
DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
THE YELLOW ROLLS ROYCE (1964)
THE BIBLE: IN THE BEGINNING (1966)
NOT WITH MY WIFE, YOU DON'T (1966)
THE FLIM FLAM MAN (1967)
THE CRUCIBLE (TV MOVIE) (1967)
PETULIA (1968)
PATTON (1970)
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS (1971)
PATTON (1970)
THE HOSPITAL (1971)
THE NEW CENTURIONS (1972)
DAY OF THE DOLPHIN (1973)
OKLAHOMA CRUDE (1973)
THE SAVAGE IS LOOSE (1974)
BANK SHOT (1974)
THE HINDENBURG (1975)
ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (1977)
THE CHANGELING (1980)
THE FORMULA (1980)
TAPS (1981)
OLIVER TWIST (TV MOVIE) (1982)
FIRESTARTER (1984)
THE EXORCIST III (1990)
THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER (1990)
MALICE (1993)
ANGUS (1995)
GLORIA (1999)

George C. Scott's television credits include...

EAST SIDE WEST SIDE (TV series)(1963-1964)
THIS SAVAGE LAND (TV MOVIE) (1969)
JANE EYRE (TV MOVIE) (1970)
THE PRICE (TV MOVIE) (1971)
THE AMERICAN PARADE ( TV MINI-SERIES 1974)
FEAR ON TRIAL (TV MOVEI) (1975)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (TV MOVIE) (1976)
CASEY STENGEL (TV MOVIE) (1981)
MISTER LINCOLN (TV MOVIE) (1981)
OLIVER TWIST (TV MOVIE) (1982)
CHINA ROSE (TV MOVIE) (1983)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL(TV MOVIE)(1984)
MUSSOLINI: THE UNTOLD STORY (1985 mini-series)
THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (TV MOVIE) (1986)
THE LAST DAYS OF PATTON (1986)
PALS (TV MOVIE) (1987)
MR. PRESIDENT (TV SERIES 1987-1988)
THE RYAN WHITE STORY (TV MOVIE) (1989)
DESCENDING ANGEL (TV MOVIE) (1990)
FINDING THE WAY HOME (TV MOVIE) (1991)
CURACAO (TV MOIVE) (1993)
TRAPS (TV series) (1994)
TYSON (TV MOVIE) (1995)
TITANIC (TV MIN-SERIES 1996)
THE SEARCHERS (TV MOVIE) (1997)
12 ANGRY MEN (1997)
COUNTRY JUSTICE (1997)
INHERIT THE WIND (TV MOVIE) (1999)
ROCKY MARCIANO (TV MOVIE) (1999)


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George C. Scott in DR. STRANGELOVE.

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George C. Scott in THE CHANGELING (1980).

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George C. Scott in THE HUSTLER (1961).

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George C. Scott in PATTON.