George C. Scott

George Campbell Scott (October 18, 1927 – September 22, 1999) was an American stage and film actor, director, and producer. He was best known for his stage work, as well as his portrayal of General George S. Patton in the film Patton, as General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Ebenezer Scrooge in Clive Donner's 1984 film A Christmas Carol and Lieutenant Bill Kinderman in William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III.

He was the first actor to refuse the Academy Award for Best Actor (for Patton in 1970), having warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences months in advance that he would do so on philosophical grounds if he won. Scott believed that every dramatic performance was unique and could not be compared to others.

George C. Scott
George C. Scott - publicity
Scott in The Hustler in 1961
Born
George Campbell Scott

October 18, 1927
DiedSeptember 22, 1999 (aged 71)
Alma materUniversity of Missouri (B.A., 1953)
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1958–1999
Spouse(s)
Carolyn Hughes (m. 1951–1955)

Patricia Reed (m. 1955–1960)

Colleen Dewhurst
(m. 1960; div. 1965)

(m. 1967; div. 1972)

Trish Van Devere
(m. 1972; his death 1999)
Children7, including Devon and Campbell Scott
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service1945–1949
RankMC Sgt e5.gif Sergeant

Early life

George Campbell Scott was born on October 18, 1927, in Wise, Virginia, the son of Helena Agnes (née Slemp; 1904–1935) and George Dewey Scott (1902–1988).[1] His mother died just before his eighth birthday, and he was raised by his father, an executive at Buick.

Scott's original ambition was to be a writer like his favorite author, F. Scott Fitzgerald; while attending Redford High School in Detroit, he wrote many short stories, none of which were ever published. As an adult, he tried on many occasions to write a novel, but was never able to complete one to his satisfaction.[2]

Scott joined the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1945 to 1949. He was assigned to 8th and I Barracks in Washington, DC, in which capacity he taught English literature and radio speaking/writing at the Marine Corps Institute. His primary duty, however, was as an honor guard for military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. He later said his duties at Arlington led to his drinking.[3]

After his military service, Scott enrolled in the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism and then became interested in drama. His first public appearance on stage was as the barrister in a university production of Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy, directed by H. Donovan Rhynsburger. During rehearsals for that show, he made his first stage appearance—in a student production of Noël Coward's Hands Across the Sea, directed by Jerry V. Tobias.

He graduated from the university in 1953 with degrees in English and theater.[4]

Broadway and film career

Early performances

George C. Scott - 1958
On stage as Richard III, 1958

Scott first rose to prominence for his work with Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival.

In 1958, he won an Obie Award for his performances in Children of Darkness (in which he made the first of many appearances opposite his future wife, actress Colleen Dewhurst), for As You Like It (1958), and for playing the title character in William Shakespeare's Richard III (1957–58) (a performance one critic said was the "angriest" Richard III of all time).[5]

Scott's Broadway debut was in Comes a Day (1958) which had a short run.

Scott's television debut was in a 1958 adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities for the Dupont Show of the Month directed by Robert Mulligan. He also appeared in a televised version of The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1958) plus episodes of Kraft Theatre, and Omnibus.

Scott's feature film debut was in The Hanging Tree (1959) with Gary Cooper. He was in The United States Steel Hour.

Anatomy of a Murder and The Andersonville Trial

George C. Scott - Geraldine Page - 1959
With Geraldine Page (1959) in a publicity still for People Kill People Sometimes

Scott won critical acclaim for his portrayal of the prosecutor in The Andersonville Trial by Saul Levitt directed by Jose Ferrer. This was based on the military trial of the commandant of the infamous Civil War prison camp in Andersonville, Georgia. It ran for 179 performances from December 1959 to June 1960.

His performance earned him a mention in Time.

Scott also received good reviews for The Wall (1960–61) which ran for 167 performances.

He guest starred on episodes of Sunday Showcase, Playhouse 90, Play of the Week (doing "Don Juan in Hell"), Hallmark Hall of Fame (doing Winterset) and Dow Hour of Great Mysteries.

The Hustler

Scott received superb notices for his performance in The Hustler (1961).

He returned to Broadway to direct General Seeger (1962) by Ira Levin but it only lasted two performances. Great Day in the Morning (1962), where he was directed by José Quintero, also had a very short run.

Scott was in much demand for guest shots on TV shows, appearing in episodes of Ben Casey, Golden Showcase (doing The Picture of Dorian Gray), and Naked City. He was in an episode of NBC's The Virginian, in the episode "The Brazen Bell", in which he recites Oscar Wilde's poem "The Ballad Of Reading Gaol". That same year, he appeared in NBC's medical drama The Eleventh Hour, in the episode "I Don't Belong in a White-Painted House".

He appeared opposite Laurence Olivier and Julie Harris in Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory in a 1961 television production.[6]

He performed in The Merchant of Venice (1962) off Broadway.

Stardom

Scott's first leading role in a feature was The List of Adrian Messenger (1963).

In 1963, Scott starred in the hour-long television drama series East Side/West Side. He portrayed a New York City social worker, along with co-stars Cicely Tyson and Elizabeth Wilson. Scott was a major creative influence on the show, resulting in conflicts with James T. Aubrey, the head of CBS. The Emmy Award-winning program had a series of prominent guest stars, including James Earl Jones. The portrayal of challenging urban issues made attracting advertisers difficult, not helped by the limited distribution. Not all CBS network affiliates broadcast the show, and it was cancelled after one season.[7]

Scott had a success off Broadway in Desire Under the Elms (1963).

Dr. Strangelove - General Buck Turgidson
Scott as General Buck Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove, 1964

Scott's most famous early role was in the 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, in which he played General "Buck" Turgidson. In later interviews with Stanley Kubrick, Scott was revealed to have initially refused to camp it up on camera. As a compromise, Kubrick had Scott go over the top in rehearsal, assuring Scott that the cameras were off, which was untrue. Kubrick proceeded to use this version in the final cut, which Scott supposedly resented.[8]

Scott was one of many stars in The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964).

In 1965, he was cast, under the direction of John Huston, as Abraham with, among others, co-star Ava Gardner cast as Sarah in the Dino de Laurentiis film: The Bible: In the Beginning which was released by 20th Century Fox in 1966.[9] In 1966, Scott appeared as Jud Barker in the NBC western The Road West, starring Barry Sullivan, Kathryn Hays, Andrew Prine, and Glenn Corbett. He also guest starred in Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre.

He did a comedy with Tony Curtis, Not with My Wife, You Don't! (1966) and starred in The Crucible (1967) for television.

Scott returned to Broadway to direct Dr. Cook's Garden (1967) by Levin but quit during try outs. As an actor he appeared in a revival of The Little Foxes (1967–68) directed by Mike Nichols which ran for 100 performances.

Scott starred in The Flim-Flam Man (1967) and Petulia (1968).

Scott had a big Broadway hit with Neil Simon's Plaza Suite (1968). The show was composed of three separate one-act plays all using the same set, with Scott portraying a different lead character in each act; it ran for 1,097 performances. Nichols directed.

He also did a TV movie Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall (1969).

Patton

Scott portrayed George S. Patton in the 1970 film Patton and researched extensively for the role, studying films of the general and talking to those who knew him. Scott refused the Oscar nomination for Patton, just as he had done for his 1962 nomination for The Hustler, but won the award anyway.[10]

In a letter to the Motion Picture Academy, he stated that he did not feel himself to be in competition with other actors. However, regarding this second rejection of the Academy Award, Scott famously said elsewhere, "The whole thing is a goddamn meat parade. I don't want any part of it."[3][11] (Curiously, he did attend the 55th Academy Awards on April 13, 1983 and can be seen laughing when reacting to Mickey Rooney's comment about being so happy after receiving his Honorary Award that he would 'even kiss Louis B Mayer'.)

The Best Picture Oscar for Patton was given to the George C. Marshall Foundation Library at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, the same institution that generations of Pattons attended, by producer Frank McCarthy a few weeks after the awards ceremony, and is on display there. Scott did not turn down the New York Film Critics Award (of which his then wife Colleen Dewhurst said, "George thinks this is the only film award worth having"[12]).

Scott did some TV movies: Jane Eyre (1970) and The Price (1971). For the latter he was nominated for, and won, an Emmy Award for his role, which he accepted. He also directed, but did not appear in, a TV version of The Andersonville Trial (1970).

Film star

Scott then focused on movies for a while. He did They Might Be Giants (1971) with Joanne Woodward, and The Last Run (1971) for director Richard Fleischer, with his wife Colleen Dewhurst and also with Trish Van Devere, who would become his next wife.

Scott had a big hit with The Hospital (1971) based on a script by Paddy Chayefksy; and The New Centurions (1972) directed by| Flesicher based on a book by Joseph Wambaugh.

He directed Rage (1972), starring himself but it was a flop. So too was Oklahoma Crude (1973) directed by Stanley Kramer and The Day of the Dolphin (1973) directed by Mike Nichols, in which Scott appeared with his wife Trish Van Devere.

Scott received a Tony Award nomination for his performance as Astrov in a revival of Uncle Vanya (1973), directed by Nichols, which went for 64 performances.

Scott starred in Bank Shot (1974), directed by Gower Champion, which was a flop. So too was The Savage Is Loose (1974), which co-starred Van Devere and which he himself directed.

Scott returned to television with Fear on Trial (1975); and starred in a big budget disaster movie, The Hindenburg (1975) for director Robert Wise.

Return to theatre

Scott directed a production of All God's Chillun Got Wings (1975) which starred Van Devere and only had a short run.

He played Willy Loman in a revival of Death of a Salesman (1975), and got another Tony nomination. Scott also directed the show.

Scott starred in a well-received production of Larry Gelbart's Sly Fox (1976) (based on Ben Jonson's Volpone), which ran 495 performances.

He did Beauty and the Beast (1976) for TV with Van Devere.

Scott starred as an Ernest Hemingway style author in Islands in the Stream (1977) directed by Schaffner.

He had a cameo in Crossed Swords (1977) directed by Fleischer, then had the lead in Movie Movie (1978) directed by Stanley Donen, costarring with Van Devere, and Hardcore (1979) written and directed by Paul Schrader.

Scott starred in the popular 1980 horror film The Changeling, with Melvyn Douglas and Van Devere. He received the Canadian Genie Award for Best Foreign Film Actor for his performance.[13] He followed this with The Formula (1980) co-starring Marlon Brando, which was a flop. With one exception, it was the last time he had the lead in a major studio feature film.

Scott returned to Broadway for Tricks of the Trade (1980) with his wife, which ran for one performance.

Supporting actor/TV films

In 1981, Scott appeared alongside Timothy Hutton and rising stars Sean Penn and Tom Cruise in the coming-of-age film Taps.

In 1982, he was cast as Fagin in the CBS made-for-TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. On Broadway he starred in and directed a successful revival of Noël Coward's Present Laughter (1982–83).

He starred in China Rose (1983) for TV and had a support role in Firestarter (1984).

In 1984, he portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in a television adaptation of A Christmas Carol. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for the role.

In 1984 he directed a Broadway revival of Coward's Design for Living which ran for 245 performances.

He played the title role in Mussolini: The Untold Story (1985) for TV and also starred in Choices (1986).

In 1986, Scott reprised his role as Patton in a made-for-television sequel, The Last Days of Patton. The movie was based on Patton's final weeks after being mortally injured in a car accident, with flashbacks of Patton's life. At the time the sequel was aired, Scott mentioned in a TV Guide interview that he told the academy to donate his Oscar to the Patton Museum, but since the instructions were never put in writing, it was never delivered[14]

On Broadway he did The Boys in Autumn (1986).

For TV he did The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1986), and Pals (1987) with Don Ameche,.

He had the lead role in a TV series Mr. President (1987–88) which ran for 24 episodes.

In 1989, Scott starred in the television film The Ryan White Story, as Charles Vaughan, the lawyer defending Ryan White from discrimination. In 1990, he voiced Smoke, the villain in the television special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, and he also voiced the villainous Percival McLeach in Disney's The Rescuers Down Under that same year.

1990s

He was featured in The Exorcist III (1990).

For TV he starred in Descending Angel (1990) and Finding the Way Home (1991). On Broadway he directed and appeared in a revival of On Borrowed Time (1991–92).

He had a support role in Curacao (1993) and Malice (1993). He had an off Broadway success with Wrong Turn at Lungfish (1993).

Scott had a starring role in a series, Traps (1994) but it only ran five episodes.

He was in The Whipping Boy (1994), Tyson (1995), and Angus (1995) and had a semi regular role on the short lived series New York News (1995).

Final performances

Scott received another Tony nomination for his performance as Henry Drummond in a revival of Inherit the Wind (1996). In the latter play, he had to miss an unusually large number of performances due to illness, with his role being taken over by National Actors Theatre artistic director Tony Randall.[15] In 1996, he received an honorary Drama Desk Award for a lifetime devotion to theatre.

For TV he did Country Justice (1996), Titanic (1996) (as the ship's captain), and The Searchers (1996).

In 1997, Scott portrayed Juror #3 in the TV-movie 12 Angry Men, for which he would win another Emmy Award.

He hosted the TV series Weapons At War on A&E TV, but was replaced after one season by Gerald McRaney. Weapons At War moved to The History Channel with Scott still credited as host for the first season. Scott was replaced by Robert Conrad after his death in 1999.

He had support roles in Gloria (1999) for Sidney Lumet and Rocky Marciano (1999).

In 1999, Scott made his last film, the TV movie Inherit the Wind, portraying Matthew Harrison Brady (ironically opposite the role he had played on stage) with Jack Lemmon as Henry Drummond, with whom he had also worked in 12 Angry Men.

Scott had a reputation for being moody and mercurial while on the set. "There is no question you get pumped up by the recognition," he once said, "Then a self-loathing sets in when you realize you're enjoying it."[16] One anecdote relates that one of his stage costars, Maureen Stapleton, told the director of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite, "I don't know what to do — I'm scared of him." The director, Mike Nichols, replied, "My dear, everyone is scared of George C. Scott."[17]

Personal life

George C. Scott grave at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Brentwood, California
George C. Scott's unmarked grave

Scott was married five times:

  1. Carolyn Hughes (m. 1951–1955); one daughter, Victoria, born December 19, 1952.
  2. Patricia Reed (m. 1955–1960); two children: Matthew – born May 27, 1957, and actress Devon Scott – born November 29, 1958.
  3. He married Canadian-born actress Colleen Dewhurst (m. 1960–1965), by whom he had two sons, writer Alexander Scott (born August 1960), and actor Campbell Scott (born July 19, 1961). Dewhurst nicknamed her husband "G.C."
  4. He remarried Colleen Dewhurst on July 4, 1967, but they divorced for a second time on February 2, 1972.
  5. He married American actress Trish Van Devere on September 4, 1972, with whom he starred in several films, including the supernatural thriller The Changeling (1980). Scott adopted Trish's nephew, George Dewey Scott II, and resided in Malibu. They remained married until his death in 1999.

He had a daughter, Michelle (b. 1954), with Karen Truesdell.

Politics

In 1982, Scott appeared in a campaign commercial for Republican U.S. Senator Lowell P. Weicker of Connecticut.[18] Like Weicker, Scott was, at that time, a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut.

Sickness and death

Scott suffered a series of heart attacks in the 1980s.[19] He died on September 22, 1999, aged 71, of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.[15] He was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California in an unmarked grave located to the right of that of Walter Matthau.

Partial filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1958 The DuPont Show of the Month Jacques Episode: "A Tale of Two Cities"
1959 The Hanging Tree George Grubb
The United States Steel Hour Asst. State Atty. Gen. Claude Dancer Episode: "Trap for a Stranger"
Anatomy of a Murder Claude Dancer Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1961 The Hustler Bert Gordon Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Ben Casey Dr. Karl Anders Episode: "I Remember a Lemon Tree"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
The Power and the Glory Police lieutenant TV movie
1962 Naked City Kermit Garrison Episode: "Strike a Statue"
1962 The Virginian Arthur Lilly Episode: "The Brazen Bell"
1963 The List of Adrian Messenger Anthony Gethyrn
1963–64 East Side/West Side Neil Brock 26 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
1964 Dr. Strangelove General Buck Turgidson
The Yellow Rolls-Royce Paolo Maltese
1966 The Bible: In the Beginning Abraham
Not with My Wife, You Don't! "Tank" Martin
1967 The Crucible John Proctor TV movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
The Flim-Flam Man Mordecai Jones
1968 Petulia Dr. Archie Bollen Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
1969 This Savage Land Jud Barker TV movie
1970 Patton General George S. Patton, Jr. Academy Award for Best Actor (Refused)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Laurel Award for Best Dramatic Performance, Male
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jane Eyre Edward Rochester TV movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1971 The Price (play) Victor Franz Hallmark Hall of Fame
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
They Might Be Giants Justin Playfair/"Sherlock Holmes" Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (also for The Hospital)
The Last Run Harry Garmes Also starred then-wife Colleen Dewhurst and next (and last) wife Trish Van Devere
The Hospital Dr. Herbert Bock Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (also for They Might Be Giants)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1972 The New Centurions Kilvinski
Rage Dan Logan Also directed
1973 Oklahoma Crude Noble Mason
The Day of the Dolphin Dr. Jake Terrell
1974 Bank Shot Walter Upjohn Ballentine
The Savage is Loose John Also directed
1975 The Hindenburg Colonel Franz Ritter
1976 Beauty and the Beast The Beast TV movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1977 Islands in the Stream Thomas Hudson
Crossed Swords Ruffler
1978 Movie Movie Gloves Malloy/Spats Baxter Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1979 Hardcore Jake Van Dorn
The Changeling John Russell Fantafestival Award for Best Actor
Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor
1980 The Formula Lt. Barney Caine
1981 Taps Brigadier General Harlan Bache
1982 Oliver Twist Fagin TV movie
1984 Firestarter John Rainbird
A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge TV movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1985 Mussolini: The Untold Story Benito Mussolini TV movie
1986 The Last Days of Patton General George S. Patton, Jr. TV movie
The Murders in the Rue Morgue C. Auguste Dupin
1987 Pals Jack H. Stobbs
John Livingston Spangler
TV movie
1987–88 Mr. President President Samuel Arthur Tresch 24 episodes
1989 The Ryan White Story Charles Vaughan, Sr.
1990 Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue Smoke Voice
Made for video
The Exorcist III Kinderman Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
The Rescuers Down Under McLeach Voice
Descending Angel Florian Stroia
1993 Curaçao Cornelius Wettering
Malice Dr. Martin Kessler
1994 Traps Joe Trapcheck 5 episodes
The Whipping Boy Blind George
1995 Tyson Cus D'Amato
Angus Grandpa Ivan
1996 Titanic Captain Edward J. Smith TV miniseries
1997 Country Justice Clayton Hayes TV movie
12 Angry Men Juror #3 TV movie
CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1999 Gloria Ruby
Rocky Marciano Pierino Marchegiano TV movie
Inherit the Wind Matthew Harrison Brady TV movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, (final film role)

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External links

30th Tony Awards

The 30th Annual Tony Awards was held at the Shubert Theatre on April 18, 1976, and broadcast by ABC television. Hosts were Eddie Albert, Richard Burton, Jane Fonda, Diana Rigg, George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere.

43rd Academy Awards

The 43rd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was held on April 15, 1971, and took place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to honor the best films of 1970. The Awards presentation, hosting duties were handled by 34 "Friends of Oscar" and broadcast by NBC for the first time in 11 years.

It was during this ceremony that George C. Scott became the first actor to reject an Oscar, claiming that the Academy Awards were "a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons."With her Best Supporting Actress win, Helen Hayes became the first performer to win Oscars in both lead and supporting categories (having won Best Actress 38 years before for The Sin of Madelon Claudet). She also has the record of having the biggest gap between acting wins.

The documentary film Woodstock garnered three Oscar nominations, making it the most nominated documentary film in Oscar history.

This was the only time since the 2nd Academy Awards that all five nominees for Best Actress were first-time nominees, as well as the last time that either lead acting category had all new nominees. Also, this was the first time since the 7th Academy Awards in which none of the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Actor had a previous nomination in that category.

Beauty and the Beast (1976 TV film)

Beauty and the Beast is a 1976 TV movie directed by Fielder Cook, written by Sherman Yellen and produced by Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions and Palm Films. The movie is a live-action adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's eighteenth-century fairy tale starring real-life husband and wife George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere.

Firestarter (film)

Firestarter is a 1984 American science-fiction horror film based on Stephen King's 1980 novel of the same name. The plot concerns a young girl who develops pyrokinesis and the secret government agency known as the Shop which seeks to control her. The film was directed by Mark L. Lester, and stars David Keith, Drew Barrymore, Martin Sheen and George C. Scott. The film was shot in and around Wilmington, Chimney Rock, and Lake Lure, North Carolina.

A miniseries follow-up to the film Firestarter: Rekindled, was released in 2002 on the Sci-Fi Channel.

Hardcore (1979 film)

Hardcore is a 1979 American crime drama film written and directed by Paul Schrader and starring George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Ilah Davis and Season Hubley. The story concerns a father searching for his daughter, who has vanished only to appear in a pornographic film. Writer-director Schrader had previously written the screenplay for Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, and both films share a theme of exploring an unseen subculture.

Inherit the Wind (1999 film)

Inherit the Wind is a 1999 American television film adaptation of the play of the same name which originally aired on Showtime. The original 1955 play was written as a parable which fictionalized the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial as a means of discussing the 1950s McCarthy trials.George C. Scott played Brady. In the 1996 Broadway revival he played Drummond.

Jane Eyre (1970 film)

Jane Eyre is a 1970 British television film directed by Delbert Mann, starring George C. Scott and Susannah York. It is based on the 1847 novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. The film had its theatrical debut in the United Kingdom in 1970 and was released on television in the United States in 1971.

Michael Kahn (film editor)

Michael Kahn (born December 8, 1935) is an American film editor. His credits range from TV's Hogan's Heroes to feature films directed by George C. Scott (The Savage is Loose) and Steven Spielberg, with whom he has had an extended, notable collaboration for over 40 years.

Movie Movie

Movie Movie is a 1978 American double bill directed by Stanley Donen. It consists of two films, Dynamite Hands, a boxing ring morality play, and Baxter's Beauties of 1933, a musical comedy, both starring the husband-and-wife team of George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere. A fake trailer for a flying-ace movie set in World War I entitled Zero Hour (also starring Scott) is shown between the double feature.

Barry Bostwick, Red Buttons, Art Carney and Eli Wallach also appear in both segments, with Harry Hamlin, Barbara Harris and Ann Reinking featured in one each. The script was written by Larry Gelbart and Sheldon Keller.

Patton (film)

Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner from a script by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North, who based their screenplay on the biography Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Farago and Omar Bradley's memoir A Soldier's Story. The film was shot in 65 mm Dimension 150 by cinematographer Fred J. Koenekamp and has a music score by Jerry Goldsmith.

Patton won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Scott won Best Actor for his portrayal of General Patton, but declined to accept the award. The opening monologue, delivered by George C. Scott as General Patton with an enormous American flag behind him, remains an iconic and often quoted image in film. The film was successful, and in 2003, Patton was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant". The Academy Film Archive preserved Patton in 2003.

Rage (1972 film)

Rage is a 1972 film starring George C. Scott, Richard Basehart, Martin Sheen and Barnard Hughes. Scott also directed this drama about a sheep rancher who is fatally exposed to a military lab's poison gas. The plot was inspired by a true event, the Dugway sheep incident in which a jet accidentally sprayed VX, a lethal nerve gas, in Utah's Skull Valley resulting in the deaths of 3,000-6,000 sheep. Nicolas Beauvy is featured as the rancher's son in a cast that also includes Paul Stevens and Stephen Young.

The Andersonville Trial

The Andersonville Trial is a television adaptation of a 1959 hit Broadway play by Saul Levitt, presented as an episode of PBS's on May 17, 1970 as part of the anthology series Hollywood Television Theatre.

The movie was based on the actual 1865 trial of Henry Wirz, played by Richard Basehart, commander of the infamous Confederate Andersonville prison, where thousands of Union prisoners died of exposure, malnutrition, and disease. A notable cast included William Shatner as the Chief JAG Prosecutor Norton Parker Chipman, Jack Cassidy (who was nominated for an Emmy) as Wirz's defense counsel, Cameron Mitchell as Lew Wallace, a Union general and the future author of Ben-Hur, and Buddy Ebsen as a Georgia physician called in to testify about the fate of many of the Union prisoners.

The television adaptation was directed by actor George C. Scott, who had played Chipman in the original stage version.

In Leonard Probst's 1978 compilation of celebrity interviews, Off Camera, Scott explained that what he found most difficult about playing Chipman onstage was that Henry Wirz, the defendant, came across as a tragic, sympathetic victim, although his negligence, according to the verdict, had a great deal to do with the deplorable conditions at Andersonville, and Scott found it very difficult to deal with the fact that the audience was compelled to dislike Chipman, who was, essentially, the hero of the piece, due to his efforts to obtain justice for all the men who suffered and died at the camp.The TV production of the play won 1971 Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Single Program", for "Technical Direction and Electronic Camerawork", and for Levitt's adaptation. It was also honored with a Peabody Award.

The Changeling (film)

The Changeling is a 1980 Canadian psychological horror film directed by Peter Medak and starring George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere. Its plot follows an esteemed New York City composer who relocates to Seattle, where he moves into a mansion he comes to believe is haunted. The screenplay is based upon events that writer Russell Hunter claimed he experienced while he was living in the Henry Treat Rogers mansion in the Cheesman Park neighborhood of Denver, Colorado in the late 1960s; Hunter served as a co-writer of the film.

The Day of the Dolphin

The Day of the Dolphin is a 1973 American science-fiction thriller film directed by Mike Nichols and starring George C. Scott. Based on the 1967 novel Un animal doué de raison (lit. A Sentient Animal), by French writer Robert Merle, the screenplay was written by Buck Henry.

The Hospital

The Hospital is a 1971 satirical film directed by Arthur Hiller. It stars George C. Scott as Dr. Herbert Bock. The Hospital was written by Paddy Chayefsky, who was awarded the 1972 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Chayefsky also narrates the film and was one of the producers; he had complete control over the casting and content of the film.

The Last Days of Patton

The Last Days of Patton is a 1986 American made-for-television film biographical drama film and sequel to the 1970 film Patton, which portrays the last few months of the general's life. George C. Scott reprises the role of General George S. Patton, and Eva Marie Saint portrays Beatrice Patton, the general's wife. It was directed by Delbert Mann.

The Last Run

The Last Run is a 1971 action film shot in Málaga and elsewhere in Spain directed by Richard Fleischer, starring George C. Scott, Tony Musante, Trish Van Devere, and Colleen Dewhurst.

The List of Adrian Messenger

The List of Adrian Messenger is a 1963 American mystery film directed by John Huston starring Kirk Douglas, George C. Scott, Dana Wynter, Clive Brook, Gladys Cooper and Herbert Marshall. It is based on a 1959 novel of the same name written by Philip MacDonald.

The New Centurions

The New Centurions is a 1972 Eastmancolor crime drama Panavision film based on the novel by policeman turned author Joseph Wambaugh.It stars George C. Scott, Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jane Alexander, Rosalind Cash, Erik Estrada, and James Sikking, and was directed by Richard Fleischer.

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