George C. Scott

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George C. Scott, 1984

George Campbell Scott (born October 18, 1927 in Wise , Virginia , † September 22, 1999 in Westlake Village , California ) was an American film , television and stage actor , director and producer . His best-known role was that of US General George S. Patton in the seven Academy Award-winning film Patton - Rebel in Uniform ,for which he should receive the Oscar for best actor. He was the first actor to refuse to accept the award.


Scott was orphaned at the age of 8 when his mother died. He grew up with his father. As a young man, he joined the Marine Corps in 1945 and served part of his service at Arlington National Cemetery as a guard. He later said that the guard made him a drinker.

After serving in 1949, he first studied journalism and graduated in 1953 with a diploma. His path took him through Toledo, Washington DC and Canada, where he met Richard III. played by Shakespeare, eventually to Broadway . There he made his debut in the piece Comes a Day .

In 1959 he played his first role in the movie The Gallows Tree alongside Gary Cooper . He then acted alongside James Stewart in Otto Preminger's court drama Anatomy of a Murder , which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor . Two years later he was nominated again as a supporting actor for an Oscar - for his portrayal in Haie der Großstadt (alongside Paul Newman ).

At the height of his career he turned down - as the first actor ever - the Oscar for his portrayal of the title role in Patton - Rebel in uniform from, because he found it unworthy to enter into some kind of competition with other actors. The actual reason given by his future wife, actress Trish Van Devere , was his disappointment over the Oscar he lost at the time for his role in Anatomy of a Murder .

In the 1970s and 1980s he was very busy as an edgy and succinct character actor who knew how to give his roles an emphatic profile both in serious subjects and in comedies . In the 1990s he mainly worked for television, in addition to which he appeared in films mostly in concise supporting roles.

His best-known roles are those of General Patton in the film of the same name by Franklin J. Schaffner and General Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strange or: How I Learned to Love the Bomb (with Peter Sellers ). In the late 1990s he showed an impressive performance as an opponent of Jack Lemmon in the televised remake of Die 12 Geschworen (1997) , for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for best supporting actor in was awarded a feature film.

Scott was married a total of five times. From 1951 to 1955 with Carolyn Hughes, with whom he had a daughter, from 1955 to 1960 with Patricia Reed, with whom he had two children. From 1960 to 1965 and again from 1967 to 1972 he was married to actress Colleen Dewhurst . The marriage had two sons, including the actor Campbell Scott . From 1972 until his death he was married to actress Trish Van Devere .

Scott's grave

George C. Scott died on September 22, 1999 at the age of 71 from complications from an abdominal aortic aneurysm . He is buried in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, in an unspecified grave next to that of Walter Matthau .


“Life is not a race. It is one fight for survival, and there are some who fall by the wayside. And precisely because it's not a race, I don't see myself as a competitor to my colleagues when it comes to awards or recognition. Therefore I reject any price. "



  • Karen Truesdell Riehl: Love and Madness: My Private Years With George C. Scott. Paperback 2003.
  • W. A. ​​Harbinson: George C. Scott: The Man, the Actor, the Legend. Mass Market Paperback 1977.

Web links

Individual evidence

  2. Bernstein, Adam: Actor George C. Scott Dies at 71; 'Patton' Star Refused '70 Oscar . In: The Washington Post , September 24, 1999, p. B05
  3. The 12 Jurors Awards. Internet Movie Database , accessed October 7, 2011 .