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George C Scott

George C Scott

D.O.B.:October 18, 1927 (Wise, VA)

D.O.D.:September 22, 1999 (Westlake Village, CA)

Cause of Death: ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm

Location: Westwood Memorial; Near new section; 1st Grave under tree by road; Same area as Walter Matthau

Biographical Notes:

George Campbell Scott abandoned his goal of having a writing career -- he said he didn't have enough talent for it -- instead trying out for a college play.

Scott made his mark on the theater, especially for his standout performance as salesman Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman."

He brought that talent to television, remembered early on for his definitive portrayal of Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol."

Scott was for years a bellicose drinker whose profile was marked by a nose broken five times, in four barroom brawls and one mugging. He was married five times -- twice to the same woman, actress Colleen Dewhurst.

Scott also faced a $3 million sexual harassment lawsuit filed in the late 1990s by his 26-year-old personal assistant. He vehemently denied her allegations

In his career, he was nominated for Oscars four times.

His film debut came in 1959, as a charismatic loony who stirs up a lynch mob against Gary Cooper in "The Hanging Tree."

Scott won his first Oscar award for "Patton" -- and promptly refused it. He was the first actor to turn down the honor.

"I know what he (Oscar) stands for ... and it's terrific ... I think when people used to hang around and pat each other on the back over 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," Scott once said.

He met Dewhurst when they appeared together in "Children of Darkness." They were married in 1960, divorced in 1965, remarried in 1967 and divorced in 1972. They had two sons, Alexander and Campbell. He married actress Trish Van Devere in 1972.

Appeared In:

"Rage" (1972)

"They Might Be Giants" (1971)

"Patton" (1970)

"The Hanging Tree" (1979)

 

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