Randolph Scott

Born Jan 23, 1898

Randolph Scott was an American film actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962. As a leading man for all but the first three years of his cinematic career, Scott appeared in a variety of genres, including social dramas, crime dramas, comedies, musicals (albeit in non-singing and non-dancing roles), adventure tales, war films, and even a few horror and fantasy films. However, his most enduring image is that of the tall-in-the-saddle Western hero.… Read More

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1898 Birth Born on January 23, 1898.


1917 19 Years Old In April 1917, the United States entered World War I and shortly afterwards, Scott, then 19 years old, joined the Army. … Read More


1919 21 Years Old After the Armistice brought the war to an end, Scott stayed in France and enrolled in an artillery officers' school. Although he eventually received a commission, Scott decided to return to America and thus journeyed home around 1919. … Read More
1927 29 Years Old Around 1927, Scott developed an interest in acting and decided to make his way to Los Angeles and seek a career in the motion picture industry. … Read More


1931 33 Years Old In 1931 Scott played his first leading role (with Sally Blane) in Women Men Marry, a film, now apparently lost, that was made by a Poverty Row studio called Headline Pictures. … Read More
1932 34 Years Old In 1932 Scott appeared in a play at the Vine Street Theatre in Hollywood entitled Under a Virginia Moon. … Read More
1933 35 Years Old …  For the 1933 films The Thundering Herd and Man of the Forest, Scott's hair was darkened and he sported a trim moustache so that he could easily be matched to footage of Jack Holt, the star of the silent versions. … Read More
1935 37 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1935 Scott was firmly established as a popular movie star and, thus, following the release of Rocky Mountain Mystery (1935), Paramount moved him up from his "B" Western status to a star of "A" features, many on loan out.
1936 38 Years Old In 1936, Scott, on loan to independent producer Edward Small, starred in another adventure classic, The Last of the Mohicans, adapted from the 1826 novel by James Fenimore Cooper. … Read More


1938 40 Years Old In 1938 Scott finished his contract with Paramount and began freelancing. … Read More
1941 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1941 Scott returned to Zane Grey country by co-starring with Robert Young in the Technicolor production Western Union, directed by Fritz Lang. … Read More
1942 44 Years Old In 1942 and 1943 Scott appeared in several war movies, notably To the Shores of Tripoli, Bombardier, the Canadian warship drama Corvette K-225, Gung Ho!, and China Sky. … Read More
1944 46 Years Old …  In 1944 Scott married Patricia Stillman, with whom he adopted two children.


1950 52 Years Old Scott's pictures from this period include the 1950 Colt .45, the 1951 films Fort Worth, Man in the Saddle and Carson City, and the 1952 films Hangman's Knot with Claude Jarman, Jr. and Lee Marvin (which Scott produced), Man Behind the Gun, The Stranger Wore a Gun (filmed in 3-D), and Thunder Over the Plains.
1953 55 Years Old Also in 1953, Scott appeared in Riding Shotgun, an unusual Western that presents (probably unintentionally) some McCarthyistic overtones. … Read More
1955 57 Years Old 1 More Event
He also did Rage at Dawn in 1955 for Nat Holt, which was released by RKO starring Scott and Forrest Tucker, and featuring Denver Pyle, Edgar Buchanan, and J. … Read More
1956 58 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1956 Scott was 58 years old, an age where the careers of most leading men would be winding down. … Read More


1962 64 Years Old In 1962 Scott made his final film appearance in Ride the High Country, a film now regarded as a classic. … Read More
1974 76 Years Old Scott is the putative subject of the 1974 Statler Brothers song "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?", lamenting the passing of Western films. … Read More
1975 77 Years Old In 1975 Scott was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. … Read More
1987 89 Years Old 1 More Event
The marriage lasted until Scott's death in 1987. … Read More
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