George C. Scott

  • Born: October 18, 1927
  • Died: September 22, 1999
  • Location: Westlake Village, California

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George C. Scott

American actor who portrayed General Patton dies at 71

George C. Scott, the American actor who refused to accept an Oscar, died aged 71 at his home in Westlake Village, northwest of Los Angeles, on Thursday.

Scott captivated audiences in roles ranging from the dangerously explosive American World War II General Patton in 1970 to General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film "Dr. Strangelove."

Patton won him an Academy Award which he turned down, calling the Oscars "a two hour meat parade."

George C. Scott was a distinguished actor of both stage and screen.

He was nominated for an Oscar for his role in "The Hustler," in 1962 in which he played alongside Paul Newman.

He was married five times - twice to the same woman, actress Colleen Dewhurst.

Speaking about his last wife, actress Trish Van Devere, Scott admitted he had a hard time understanding women.

His film debut came in 1959, and shortly after the film "Anatomy of a Murder" brought his first Academy Award nomination.

When he was nominated again in 1962 for "The Hustler" he wired the academy "no thanks." The academy did not withdraw his name, but he didn't win.

In 1970, the academy ignored Scott's past refusal and awarded him best-actor for "Patton."

In all, the film -- which was a favourite of President Nixon -- received seven Academy Awards.

Scott said he spent the evening watching hockey.

The medical examiners' office in Ventura County, California has confirmed that Scott has died, but has not released the cause of death.

Next month he would have turned 72.


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I feel so much hpapier now I understand all this. Thanks!

Posted by Carli - GSUgzsNkk, LA - EBzSYpYBvI   October 03, 2011

An outstanding actor - a master craftsman in the trade. These are qualities of someone who puts his love for acting first and glory second - as exemplified when he turned down the Academy Award and snubbed his nose at the whole affair.

Posted by Dave Speener    September 22, 2010


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George C. Scott
George C. Scott, 1987
George C. Scott at home in 1996
George C. Scott, Charles Durning, and other cast members of "Inherit the Wind," New York, 1996
1959 "Anatomy of a Murder" poster
Tony Randall with 1996 Tony Award nomination certificates