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Definition: Scott, George C(ampbell) (1927–1999) from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US actor. He is known for his characterizations of military leaders in films such as Patton (1970) and Taps (1981). Notoriously hostile to awards programmes, he won the Academy Award for Patton but refused it.

Other films include Anatomy of a Murder (1959), The Hustler (1962), Dr Strangelove (1964), The Hospital (1971), Firestarter (1984), and Malice (1993). In his late career he starred in several television films, including 12 Angry Men (1997) and Inherit the Wind (1999).

He is the father of US actor Campbell Scott (1961– ).


Summary Article: Scott, George C. from The Columbia Encyclopedia

(George Campbell Scott), 1927–99, American actor, b. Wise, Va. Fiery and intense, Scott played his first major roles in Richard III,The Merchant of Venice, and As You Like It for the New York Shakespeare Festival. Other plays included The Andersonville Trial (1959), Uncle Vanya (1973), an elderly Huckleberry Finn in The Boys in Autumn (1986), and a lawyer based on Clarence Darrow in Inherit the Wind (1996). He gradually began to devote more attention to film, proving to be a strong, sometimes overpowering presence. His films include Anatomy of a Murder (1959), The Hustler (1962), Dr. Strangelove (1964), Hospital (1972), Islands in the Stream (1977), Taps (1982), and Gloria (1999). He won an Academy Award for Patton (1970), usually considered his finest film performance, but refused it. He reprised his role as the four-star general in a 1986 television movie. Late in his career he also directed plays and films.

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