Randolph Scott
Actor
Randolph Scott
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.
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Cher comes to TCM as Guest Programmer on Wednesday, Sept. 7 - TVbytheNumbers
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Randolph Scott plays Astaire's sailor buddy while Harriet Hilliard (later known as Harriet Nelson) is Rogers' sister. Among the many highlights are the Irving Berlin classics “Let's Face the Music and Dance” “Let Yourself Go,” “I'm Putting All My Eggs
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Man gets 43 years in Danville robberies - GoDanRiver.com
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Randolph Scott Jones, the man convicted for a home invasion and two robberies in January, was sentenced to 43 years in prison in Danville Circuit Court on Monday. Jones, who pleaded guilty to 12 felonies Aug. 2, faced seven of those charges for a Jan
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Hollywood's chased romantic hero - Bay Area Reporter
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Although Grant married five times, he had a long relationship with Randolph Scott, whom he met on the set of the aptly titled Hot Saturday (1932). For the next 12 years, as bachelors and between marriages, they lived openly together, photographed doing
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Are gifted children victims of No Child Left Behind? - Stockton Record
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Randolph Scott, a Hollywood leading man for 34 years, was once described by a Tinseltown movie critic as "never having quite reached his full potential." Many thought he had untapped acting talent, but it never came to full fruition
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A New Direction - The Suit Magazine
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Enter Randolph Scott, a Vaughn & Melton client-turned-CEO, who has combined his years of experience as a civil engineer with the business acumen to navigate the Kentucky-based company through the recession's stormy waters
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College honors: Dean's list - Blue Springs Examiner
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... Megan Rains, Monica L. Randolph, Scott A. Reifeiss, Daniel S. Rodenberg, Jaren L. Rodier, Jourdain L. Sanders, Tyler J. Schieber, McKaela E. Schmidt, Corey M. Scott, Katherine G. Scott, Daniel C. Segalo, Lindsey A. Sherman, Shayna D. Snodgrass,
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DVD; How Crimes Have Changed
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JUST as hemlines rise and fall, so do fashions in crime -- or, at least, its fictional representation -- evolve from decade to decade and even from year to year. Bracketing the 1950s a group of four crime films recently released by the Warner Archive Collection suggest just how radical those shifts can be. A pair of films from 1949, Richard O.
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Associated Press Honors Seven Post-Journal Reporters - Jamestown Post Journal
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Andrew Carr, Mike Frank, Christopher Kinsler, Dennis Phillips, Matt Spielman and John Whittaker were awarded first place in spot news reporting for their combined coverage of the July 24, 2010, tornado that touched down in Mayville and Randolph. Scott
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How Crimes Have Changed - New York Times
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At the time he directed “Legs Diamond” Boetticher was coming to the end of his series of westerns with Randolph Scott, and the film reflects his preoccupation with radical individualism, in finding the limits of how far a man can go on his own
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Janklow has been given four tickets since fatal crash in 2003 - Daily Republic
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The motorcyclist, Randolph Scott, of Hardwick, Minn., was killed. Janklow admitted running a stop sign on a rural road but said a diabetic reaction caused the driving error and the fatal crash. A jury convicted him of charges of second-degree
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Cowboy-to-alien ratio is off in 'Cowboys & Aliens' - The Virginian-Pilot
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There is breathtakingly beautiful photography of New Mexico - enough, again, to make us wish this were a real Western: "The Good, the Bad and the Extraterrestrial." I have a feeling that if Randolph Scott were still around, he could have taken care of
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What Is Film's Best Wyatt Earp Performance? - Moviefone (blog)
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Randolph Scott in 'Frontier Marshal' (1939): Allan Dwan's version of the OK Corral story isn't really a great movie; to today's eyes, it is marred by racial and sexual stereotypes. Still, Western stalwart Randolph Scott gets bonus points for being
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Early riders: 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, William S. Hart and Tom Mix were the ... - The Republic
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Before there were such legendary movie cowboys as John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Randolph Scott, Clint Eastwood and others, the Hollywood trail was paved by silent-era heroes, led by Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson, William S. Hart and Tom Mix
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The Humble Charm of 'Captain America' - The Atlantic
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(In more innocent times, Randolph Scott averaged three or four cowboy films per year.) Ryan Reynolds was first out of the gate by a nose, having played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and, just last month, protagonist Hal Jordan in Green Lantern
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Author: MARC ABRAMS - Boxeo Mundial
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Ocasio has aperfect mark of 5-0 with one knockout and is coming off a four round unanimousdecision over Randolph Scott on June 3rd as part of ROUND 3 atHarrahs in Chester. Former worldamateur champion, Joey Dawejko will be back in action as he takes on
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Midway, Ga., Police Shut Down Kids' Lemonade Stand - The New American
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After receiving a complaint, Randolph Scott, the city's zoning administrator, investigated and discovered the Scouts were setting up a table on the city sidewalk in violation of a city ordinance. "I know it doesn't look good," Scott told the Savannah
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Randolph Scott
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1987
    Age 89
    Scott died of heart and lung ailments in 1987 at the age of 89 in Beverly Hills, California.
    More Details Hide Details He was interred at Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina. He and his wife Patricia had been married for 43 years. He was survived by his wife, son Christopher, daughter Sandra Scott Tyler, and three grandchildren Scott is the putative subject of the 1974 Statler Brothers song "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?", lamenting the passing of Western films.
  • 1983
    Age 85
    Though divorced, she kept his last name nearly five decades, until her death in 1983.
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  • 1975
    Age 77
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also received an In Memoriam Golden Boot Award for his work in Westerns. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Scott has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6243 Hollywood Blvd. In 1999, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him. Despite his southern background at a time when the region was solidly Democratic in political affiliation, Scott was an active Republican. In 1944, he attended the massive rally organized by David O. Selznick in the Los Angeles Coliseum in support of the Dewey-Bricker ticket as well as Governor Earl Warren of California, who would become Dewey's running mate in 1948 and later the Chief Justice of the United States. The gathering drew 93,000, with Cecil B. DeMille as the master of ceremonies and short speeches by Hedda Hopper and Walt Disney. Among those in attendance were Ann Sothern, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, and Gary Cooper. Despite the good turnout at the rally, most Hollywood celebrities who took a public position sided with the Roosevelt-Truman ticket.
  • 1963
    Age 65
    Scott's face supposedly was used as the model for the football helmet-wearing pirate on the American Football League's (now NFL) Oakland Raiders redesigned logo in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details This artwork, with minor adjustments, has been in use since 1963. He is caricatured in the Lucky Luke comic book album Le Vingtième de cavalerie (1965) as Colonel McStraggle. He is mentioned in the film Blazing Saddles when Sheriff Bart tries to convince the reluctant citizens of Rock Ridge to support his plan to save the town. He says "you'd do it for Randolph Scott" and they rise, putting their hands to their hearts and saying reverently "Randolph Scott", echoed by an off-screen chorus, and agree to help the sheriff. Scott and To the Shores of Tripoli are referred to in Tom Lehrer's song "Send the Marines". Scott is the subject of guitarist Leo Kottke's song "Turning into Randolph Scott (Humid Child)" on his 1994 album Peculiaroso. In Thomas Pynchon's book, V., the character Profane watches an unspecified Randolph Scott film and compares himself unfavorably with his hero, whom he describes as "cool, imperturbable, keeping his trap shut and only talking when he had to – and then saying the right things and not running off haphazard and inefficient at the mouth".
  • FIFTIES
  • 1956
    Age 58
    While there had been some rumors that they were a homosexual couple, Scott's son, Christopher, said the rumors were untrue. Budd Boetticher, who directed Scott in seven films from 1956 to 1960, said the rumors were "Bullshit".
    More Details Hide Details Grant himself said to director Peter Bogdanovich that while he personally had "nothing against gays, I'm just not one myself." Following Ride the High Country, Scott retired from film at the age of 64. A wealthy man, Scott had managed shrewd investments throughout his life, eventually accumulating a fortune worth a reputed $100 million, with holdings in real estate, gas, oil wells, and securities. He and his wife Patricia continued to live in his custom, mid-century modern, Burton A. Schutt designed home at 156 Copley Place Beverly Hills. During his retirement years he remained friends with Fred Astaire, with whom he attended Dodgers games. An avid golfer with a putting green in his yard, Scott was a member of the Bel Air Country Club, Los Angeles Country Club and Eldorado Country Clubs. Scott also became friends with the Reverend Billy Graham. Scott was described by his son Christopher as a deeply religious man. He was an Episcopalian and the Scott family were members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
    The resulting film, released in 1956, did not make a great impact at the time but is now regarded by many as one of Scott's best, as well as the one that launched Scott and Boetticher into a successful collaboration that totaled seven films.
    More Details Hide Details While each film is independent and there are no shared characters or settings, this set of films is often called the Ranown Cycle, for the production company run by Scott and Harry Joe Brown, which was involved in their production. Kennedy scripted four of them. In these films... Boetticher achieved works of great beauty, formally precise in structure and visually elegant, notably for their use of the distinctive landscape of the California Sierras. As the hero of these "floating poker games" (as Andrew Sarris calls them), Scott tempers their innately pessimistic view with quiet, stoical humour, as he pits his wits against such charming villains as Richard Boone in The Tall T and Claude Akins in Comanche Station. Scott and Boetticher films:
    By 1956, Scott turned 58, an age where the careers of most leading men would be winding down.
    More Details Hide Details Scott, however, was about to enter his finest and most acclaimed period. In 1955, screenwriter Burt Kennedy wrote a script entitled Seven Men from Now which was scheduled to be filmed by John Wayne's Batjac Productions with Wayne as the film's star and Budd Boetticher as its director. However, Wayne was already committed to John Ford's The Searchers. Wayne therefore suggested Scott as his replacement.
  • 1955
    Age 57
    Also of interest is Shootout at Medicine Bend shot in 1955, but released in 1957, which was Scott's last movie in black and white.
    More Details Hide Details The movie co-stars James Garner and Angie Dickinson.
    Scott also made 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.
    More Details Hide Details Carrol Naish. It purports to tell the true story of the Reno Brothers, an outlaw gang which terrorized the American Midwest, particularly Southern Indiana, soon after the American Civil War.
  • 1954
    Age 56
    In 1954, Scott played a laconic good guy in The Bounty Hunter.
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  • 1953
    Age 55
    Also in 1953, Scott appeared in Riding Shotgun, an unusual Western that presents (probably unintentionally) some McCarthyistic overtones.
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  • 1950
    Age 52
    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 (which Scott produced), The Man Behind the Gun, The Stranger Wore a Gun (filmed in 3-D), and Thunder Over the Plains.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1944
    Age 46
    In 1944, Scott married the actress Patricia Stillman, who was 21 years his junior.
    More Details Hide Details In 1950, they adopted two children, Sandra and Christopher. Patricia Stillman Scott died in 2004. The Scotts are buried together in the Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte NC. Their mid-century modern home was torn down in 2008. Although Scott achieved fame as a motion picture actor, he managed to keep a fairly low profile with his private life. Offscreen he was good friends with Fred Astaire and Cary Grant. He met Grant on the set of Hot Saturday (1932), and shortly afterwards, to save on living expenses, they shared a beach house in Malibu that became known as "Bachelor Hall". In 1944, Scott and Grant stopped living together but remained close friends throughout their lives.
  • 1942
    Age 44
    In 1942 and 1943, Scott appeared in several war films, notably To the Shores of Tripoli, Bombardier, the Canadian warship drama Corvette K-225, Gung Ho! and China Sky.
    More Details Hide Details In 1946, after playing roles that had him wandering in and out of the saddle for many years, including a role alongside Charles Laughton in the cheaply made production Captain Kidd (1945), Scott appeared in Abilene Town, a UA release which cast him in what would become one of his classic images, the fearless lawman cleaning up a lawless town. The film "cemented Scott's position as a cowboy hero" and from this point on all but two of his starring films would be Westerns. Scott renewed his acquaintance with producer Harry Joe Brown and together they began producing many of Scott's Westerns, including several that were shot in the two-color Cinecolor process. Their collaboration produced the superior Coroner Creek (1948) with Scott as a vengeance-driven cowpoke who "predates the Budd Boetticher/Burt Kennedy heroes by nearly a decade," Gunfighters (1947) based on the Zane Grey novel Two Sombreros, and The Walking Hills (1949), a modern-day tale of gold hunters.
  • 1941
    Age 43
    In 1941, Scott also co-starred with a young Gene Tierney in another western, Belle Starr.
    More Details Hide Details Scott's only role as a truly evil villain was in Universal's The Spoilers, a rip-roaring adaptation of Rex Beach's 1905 tale of the Alaskan gold rush also starring Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne. The movie's climax featured Scott and Wayne (and their stunt doubles) in one of the most spectacular fistfights ever filmed. The Dietrich-Scott-Wayne combination worked so well that Universal recast the trio that same year in Pittsburgh, a war-time action-melodrama which had Wayne and Scott slugging it out once more. Scott was billed above Wayne in both films but Wayne actually played the heroic leading man roles and enjoyed more screen time in each movie. In 1943 Scott starred in The Desperadoes, Columbia Pictures' first feature in Technicolor. The film was produced by Harry Joe Brown, with whom Scott would form a business partnership several years later.
    In 1941 Scott returned to Zane Grey country by co-starring with Robert Young in the Technicolor production Western Union, directed by Fritz Lang.
    More Details Hide Details Scott played a "good bad man" in this film and gave one of his finest performances. Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote: Randolph Scott, who is getting to look and act more and more like William S. Hart, herein shapes one of the truest and most appreciable characters of his career as the party's scout.
  • 1939
    Age 41
    The Scotts' marriage ended in divorce three years later, in 1939.
    More Details Hide Details The union produced no children.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1938
    Age 40
    In 1938 Scott finished his contract with Paramount and began freelancing.
    More Details Hide Details Some of the roles that he took over the next few years were supporting ones, while his other roles during the same time frame had him occasionally lapse into villainy. One missed opportunity also came about around this time. Due to his Southern background, Scott was considered for the role of Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind, but it was Leslie Howard who eventually got the part. For 20th Century Fox Scott supported child star Shirley Temple in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) and Susannah of the Mounties (1939). For the same studio he played a supporting role in his first Technicolor film, Jesse James (1939), a lavish highly romanticized account of the famous outlaw (Tyrone Power) and his brother Frank (Henry Fonda). Shortly after making this film, Scott portrayed Wyatt Earp in Frontier Marshal (1939) and, for Universal, starred with Kay Francis in When the Daltons Rode (1940).
  • 1936
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A big hit in its day, the film "gave Scott his first unqualified 'A' picture success as a lead." Scott's films at Paramount include the aforementioned Go West, Young Man (1936), which reunited him with director Henry Hathaway and in Mae West's adaptation of Lawrence Riley's Broadway hit comedy Personal Appearance; So Red the Rose (1936), directed by King Vidor and starring Margaret Sullavan; and High, Wide, and Handsome. This last film, a musical directed by Rouben Mamoulian, featured Scott in his "most ambitious performance," The film is... set in 1859 in Pennsylvania, and follows the exploits of oil prospector Scott as he struggles against various varmints and vested interests out to wreck his business, and tries to keep his marriage to Irene Dunne intact, despite the tempting presence of saloon singer Dorothy Lamour.
  • 1935
    Age 37
    Scott made four films for RKO Radio Pictures during 1935–36.
    More Details Hide Details Two of these were in the popular series of musicals starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: Roberta (1935), also starring Irene Dunne, and Follow the Fleet (1936). In both of these films Scott played Astaire's lunkheaded but likable pal. The other two were among the best in Scott's career: Village Tale (1935), "a touching, still-obscure melodrama about small-town gossip and hypocrisy" directed by John Cromwell, and She (1935), a superb adventure-fantasy adapted from H. Rider Haggard's 1886 novel.
    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.
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  • 1933
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In his book, The Hollywood Western: Ninety Years of Cowboys and Indians, Train Robbers, Sheriffs and Gunslingers, film historian William K. Everson refers to the Zane Grey series as being "uniformly good". He also writes: To the Last Man was almost a model of its kind, an exceptionally strong story of feuding families in the post-Civil War era, with a cast worthy of an "A" feature, excellent direction by Henry Hathaway, and an unusual climactic fight between the villain (Jack LaRue) and the heroine (Esther Ralston, in an exceptionally appealing performance). Sunset Pass was not only one of the best but also one of the most surprising in presenting Randolph Scott and Harry Carey as heavies. The Zane Grey series were a boon for Scott, as they provided him with "an excellent training ground for both action and acting".
  • 1932
    Age 34
    In 1932 Scott appeared in a play at the Vine Street Theatre in Hollywood entitled Under a Virginia Moon.
    More Details Hide Details His performance in this play resulted in several offers for screen tests by the major movie studios. Scott eventually signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures at a salary of US$400 per week (adjusted for inflation, US$400 in 1932 is the equivalent of approximately US$4800 in 2006). Scott's first role under his new Paramount contract was a small supporting part in a comedy called Sky Bride (1932) starring Richard Arlen and Jack Oakie. Following that, however, Paramount cast him as the lead in Heritage of the Desert (1932), his first significant starring role and also the one that established him as a Western hero. As with Women Men Marry, Sally Blane was his leading lady. The film was the first of ten "B" Western films that Scott made for Paramount in a series loosely based on the novels of Zane Grey. Around the same time, Fox also remade some Zane Grey titles that they owned, with George O'Brien as their star. Henry Hathaway made his directorial debut with Heritage of the Desert; he would go on to direct a total of seven out of the 10 Zane Grey adaptations that Scott would appear in. Hathaway also directed one film in the Zane Grey series without Scott: Under the Tonto Rim (1933) starring Stuart Erwin.
  • 1931
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He followed that movie with a supporting part in a Warner Bros. production starring George Arliss, A Successful Calamity.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1927
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Fortunately, Scott's father had become acquainted with Howard Hughes and provided a letter of introduction for his son to present to the eccentric millionaire filmmaker. Hughes responded by getting Scott a small part in a George O'Brien film called Sharp Shooters (1928). Despite its title and the presence of O'Brien, Sharp Shooters is not a western, as some film historians claimed. Rather, it's a romantic comedy. A print of the film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archive. In the next few years, Scott continued working as an extra and bit player in several films, including Weary River (1929) with Richard Barthelmess and The Virginian (1929) with Gary Cooper. Reputedly, Scott also served as Cooper's dialect coach in this latter film. On the advice of director Cecil B. DeMille, Scott also gained much-needed acting experience by performing in stage plays with the Pasadena Playhouse. Scott's stage roles during this period include:
  • 1919
    Age 21
    After the Armistice brought World War I 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.
    More Details Hide Details With his military career over, Scott continued his education at Georgia Tech where he set his sights on becoming an all-American football player. However a back injury prevented him from achieving this goal. Scott then transferred to the University of North Carolina, where he majored in textile engineering and manufacturing. As with his military career, however, he eventually dropped out of college and went to work as an accountant in the textile firm where his father was employed.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1917
    Age 19
    In April 1917, the United States entered World War I and shortly afterwards, Scott, then 19 years old, joined the United States Army.
    More Details Hide Details He served in France as an artillery observer with the 2nd Trench Mortar Battalion, 19th Field Artillery. His wartime experience gave him training that was put to use in his later film career, including horsemanship and the use of firearms.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1898
    Age 0
    Born on January 23, 1898.
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