George C. Scott

Actor George C. Scott

George Campbell Scott 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, and as Ebeneezer Scrooge in Clive Donner's adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
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John Avildsen, Oscar-Winning Director Of 'Rocky,' Dead At 81
Huffington Post - 8 months
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Donald Trump, New Moves on National Security, and One of Our Oddest Veterans Day Weekends
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Is America in eclipse? After a strange Veterans Day weekend, it is decidedly unclear. As I feared for more than a year, a deeply troubled and profoundly perturbed America has fallen through the looking glass into Trumplandia. How different will America be under President Donald Trump? It may be quite a lot, all the way into the fascism that Trump so obviously flirted with throughout his campaign. Or it may be not so much, since Trump seems motivated more by an ethic of success than any coherent ideology. And then there is his erratic nature to consider. As I wrote repeatedly during the campaign, it was Trump's own all too frequently intemperate style that kept him from what could have been a truly substantial victory over a very vulnerable Hillary Clinton. That's why I rated the race as up in the air in my final pre-election column, just as I did all the times when Hillary seemed to have a very large lead. The opportunity for a Trump victory was always obvious; what was not at al...
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Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: <em>Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb</em>
Huffington Post - about 4 years
It would be hard to overstate the excellence of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Stanley Kubrick's masterful dark comedy took the grimmest of concepts -- the world on the brink of the apocalypse as a rogue American general (Sterling Hayden) orders a nuclear strike on Russia -- and played it for laughs without managing to dilute any of the horror of the situation. With Peter Sellers serving triple-duty in three incredible performances as the noble Captain Mandrake, ineffectual American president Merkin Muffley, and the sinister ex-Nazi science adviser Dr. Strangelove -- given considerable support by George C. Scott as the gung-ho General "Buck" Turgidson and Slim Pickens as the too-committed B52 pilot T.J. "King" Kong -- Dr. Strangelove comes about as close to cinematic perfection as the field will ever see, and remains a potent cautionary tale fifty years on. In celebrating the golden anniversary of Strangelove's release, the Cinefantastique Onlin...
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Tony Musante, Actor Known for Role in ‘Toma,’ Dies at 77
NYTimes - about 4 years
Mr. Musante acted on stage and in many films in the United States and Europe, working with Gene Hackman, Meryl Streep and George C. Scott.
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DC School Vouchers Lack Sufficient Oversight: GAO Report
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Washington, D.C.'s school voucher program, a political football often caught up in congressional budget battles, suffers from poor oversight, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Friday. School vouchers funnel public money into private, and often religious, schools. President George W. Bush signed a law in 2004 that created the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) in 2004, the first federally funded system of school vouchers. Since then, Congress has spent $152 million helping 5,000 students attend private schools. Voucher proponents say they help level the educational playing field between wealthy Americans and low-income families who feel stuck in poor public schools and can't afford to turn elsewhere. Critics argue that vouchers take money away from ailing public school systems, and in some cases strain the separation of church and state. GAO looked into the program at the behest of Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), as questions swirled ar...
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Ed Lauter Dead: Veteran Character Actor Dies At 74
Huffington Post - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74. Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi. Whether he was an irascible authority figure, a brutal thug or a conniving con man, Lauter's presence made him all but impossible to miss in any film he was in. That was so even on those occasions when he was playing a character more bumbling than menacing, although menacing was clearly his forte. He was the brutal prison guard who was Burt Reynolds' nemesis in the 1974 comedy-drama "The Longest Yard" and the sleazy gas station attendant in Alfred Hitchcock's last film, "The Family Plot." In "Death Wish 3," he was the violent cop who teams with Charles Bronson's vigilante to rid New York City's streets of c...
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Too Good To Be True--Was! You Judge The Larry-Barry Story
Huffington Post - over 4 years
In the 1979 melodrama, Hardcore, starring George C. Scott, writer-director Paul Schrader was less than subtle when he gave his villain the name Ratan, which rhymes with Satan. In my scenario, the man who told me his name was Larry was really Barry. He also failed to mention that he had a wife, who I will give the name Carrie, just to keep it phonetic. One has to try to wrestle (squeeze?) some humor out of this heartbreaking reminder of how cruel humans can be to each other. "Larry" did something truly dumb for someone trying to "get one over on you and not get caught." He told me what he really did for a living, and where his company was located. Armed with that information and his phone number, when I became suspicious -- for reasons I will soon reveal --all that had to be done (and a friend did it for me) was to find out whose phone number that was. Voila, exit Larry and enter Barry, with the same business in that same area. And of course, enter a new character in this melodrama...
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OK! Exclusive: Antoinette Robertson is Ready to Cause Some Trouble on Hart of Dixie This Season
Ok Magazine - over 4 years
One of my favorite season premieres this year has been Hart of Dixie. It felt so good to catch up with Zoe (Rachel Bilson) again and see what had changed in her life over the summer. Plus I’m not mad at seeing that devilish Wade (Wilson Bethel) grin and George (Scott Porter) in a suit (post, um, makeover) and even seeing what antics Lemon is up to this time. So when the show (and cast, as you’ll read below) welcomed a new character this season, Levon (Cress Williams)’s cousin Lynly, I was happy to chat with the actress that will play the trouble-making southern belle, Antoinette Robertson. She dishes on the show’s love triangles, fitting in with the cast and most importantly: the fashion. OK!: First of all, welcome to Bluebell! Do you know how many episodes you are on yet? Are you allowed to say? Antoinette Robertson: Right now I am locked in til 3.10 and I’m tentative for 3.11. OK!: I like this, this means you are going to cause some trouble. You come in as the Mayor’s cousin...
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Kate Kelly: Legendary Locals of Detroit
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Detroit is an American city that deserves far more respect than it's getting right now. Most of the recent headlines have focused on the city's financial crisis. Michigan officials have appointed well-respected Kevyn Orr, a bankruptcy expert and partner in the Jones Day law firm to serve as emergency manager, and Orr is on the case, referring to it as the "Olympics of restructuring." We will hope for his success. Detroit has long been a vital part of our country, and it would be good for all of America if Detroit is on the mend. Detroit, of course, was the first car capital of the world. When the car manufacturing business began to expand here, the populations of Detroit in 1900 was only 285,000; it grew to 1.8 million by 1950. With the tremendous growth of the city and the increase in income level, the residents wanted their city filled with beautiful things, so the culture of the town blossomed, with beautiful parks, art, and architecture. Of course, Detroit...
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Steven White: Unsolicited Advice From a Peace Process Desperado
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Dear Mr. President, Knowing I had spent almost six years in Israel and the West Bank, advising three United States Security Coordinator's for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, (USSC) a friend recently asked what advice I would offer you per your trip to the region. The conclusions I came to are qualified. If your goals for this venture are substantive, then I have several recommendations. If, however, your venture is primarily designed to be little more than a public relations extravaganza... I am afraid, my advice is limited to one suggestion, which you will find in the last paragraph of this piece. That said, Mr. President, I'm going to give you the substantive benefit of the doubt, despite the fact the words and gospel beat of Neil Diamond's Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show run through my head every time I hear mention of your trip. You're old enough to remember the words... "Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies, And everyone goes, 'cause everyone k...
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Senator uses old-style filibuster on CIA nominee
Fox News - almost 5 years
A Republican senator and tea party favorite from Kentucky used an old-style filibuster lasting nearly 13 hours to take control of the chamber and block Senate confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director. Sen. Rand Paul ended his filibuster Thursday shortly after midnight, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, also a Kentucky Republican, said he would continue to oppose Brennan's confirmation and resist ending the debate on President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the spy agency. Paul's performance, which centered on questions about the possible use of drones against targets in the United States, clearly energized a number of his GOP colleagues, who came to the floor in a show of support and to share in the speaking duties. And even as the night progressed, Paul appeared invigorated despite being on his feet for so long. Actual talking filibusters have become rare in the Senate, where the rules are typically used in procedural ways t...
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Kim Morgan: Three Favorite Oscar Moments
Huffington Post - about 5 years
The Academy Awards -- one of cinema's most supreme accolades (or so they tell us). So prestigious that, as many filmmakers and actors claim, it's an "honor" just to be nominated. A gift from your peers, a historic milestone, a career changer, an... oh... where's Sacheen Littlefeather? I like Oscars that go a little crazy. And not in those golly-gee speeches where someone -- say, Anne Hathaway (the inevitable winner Sunday) -- reacts with such feigned shock that she giddily exhibits an actorly, cute-as-a-button manic depressive episode, stuttering out names that reveal how kooky, sweet, humbled and... enough, Ms. Hathaway. You're an actress so I do respect you for using your craft on the podium. I expect it. And I like you, Anne (I really like you!), I do. Actually, come to think of it, I hope you pull a Greer Garson five and a half-minute gusher. That would be entertaining. But that won't happen, so... bring me Joan Crawford! Bring me Joan Crawford in bed, accpeting her go...
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Jon Eig: All-Time Oscars: The 10 Best Performances by a Leading Actor
Huffington Post - about 5 years
This is getting hard. I wanted to leave room for James Stewart and George C. Scott. I wanted at least one Nicholson or Pacino. I toyed with the idea of leaving spots empty for all the actors I no doubt forgot. But, lists must be made, and so here are my 10 nominees for the greatest performance by a lead actor (OF ALL TIME!). Humphrey Bogart (In a Lonely Place): We all know Bogart could be cool (Spade and Marlowe). We all know he could be weak and disturbed (Fred C. Dobbs and Captain Queeg). But as Dixon Steele in Nicholas Ray's underrated gem, he is both, and then some. Extra points for playing a violent screenwriter. Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York): One day, and it may not be long, Mr. Day-Lewis may be considered the greatest actor in the history of film. He is certainly building the resume for it. As Bill "The Butcher" Cutting in Gangs of New York, he may be too good, because he blows his co-star/rival Leonardo DeCaprio out of the water, so that you ca...
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'Why Am I Still Doing This?'
Huffington Post - about 5 years
NEW YORK — Al Pacino, energized by a conversation that has inevitably turned to the intricacies of acting, is snapping his fingers. "When you get me on the acting trail, I get on that train," he says, punctuating what he calls an improvised "thesis on time" with staccato snaps. The 72-year-old may be gray-haired and a little worn, but he remains, like a dancer, always on his toes, and still enamored of the "crazy, crazy, crazy thing" that is acting: "You're always looking for what's going to feed you, what's going to feed the spirit and get you going." And Pacino is still getting going. Yet the subject of time – how much is needed to find a character (years in some cases, he says) and how it dictates the parts he chooses now – played a large role in a recent interview with the actor at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. "Sometimes I'm tempted to say, `Why am I doing this? Why am I still doing this?'" he says. "Then, after I don't do it for a while, I say: `Oh...
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Robert J. Elisberg: The Greatest Screenplay Never Made
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Not long ago at a Writers Guild of America event, a reporter friend came up to me. "I'm doing an article on the best screenplays that have never been made into movies," he said. "If you had to name one, what would it be?" Without hesitating, I answered, Harrow Alley. He scrunched his face. "I've never heard of it." And started to walk off. Just then, another screenwriter passed by, one with gravitas (and awards) to his name, a former president of the Guild. The reporter asked the same question. Without hesitating, the gravitas writer answered, "Harrow Alley." Now, the reporter took out his notepad. "Oh, I see," I chided. "Him you believe." Every once in a while, some publication does an article like this. The Los Angeles Times once referred to Harrow Alley as perhaps the finest unproduced movie script ever. The Writers Guild Newsletter described it as, "A masterpiece...The most famous unproduced script in the country." In 1991, American Film magazine called H...
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A remembrance of Charles Durning: Just beneath the surface
LATimes - about 5 years
Colleagues at the Public Theater, including Joseph Papp, saw dark reserves — a legacy of WWII — in this jovial man. That quality made him quite an actor. In 1985 I began working with producer Joseph Papp on "Free for All," an oral history of the celebrated New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater. I ended up interviewing more than 160 individuals, including actors known for their powerful personalities, like James Earl Jones, Tommy Lee Jones and George C. Scott. But no one I talked to made more of an impression than Charles Durning.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of George C. Scott
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1999
    Age 71
    He died on September 22, 1999, aged 71, of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.
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    In 1999, he 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.
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  • 1997
    Age 69
    In 1997, Scott portrayed Juror #3 in the TV-movie 12 Angry Men, for which he would win another Emmy Award.
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  • 1990
    Age 62
    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.
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  • 1989
    Age 61
    In 1989, Scott starred in the television movie The Ryan White Story, as Charles Vaughan, the lawyer defending Ryan White from discrimination.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1984
    Age 56
    In 1984, he portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in a television adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
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  • 1982
    Age 54
    In 1982, he was cast as Fagin in the CBS made-for-TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist.
  • 1981
    Age 53
    In 1981, Scott appeared alongside Timothy Hutton and rising stars Sean Penn and Tom Cruise in the coming-of-age film Taps.
  • 1980
    Age 52
    Scott also starred in the popular 1980 horror film The Changeling, with Melvyn Douglas.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 43
    In 1971, Scott gave two more critically acclaimed performances, as a de facto Sherlock Holmes in They Might Be Giants and as an alcoholic doctor in the black comedy The Hospital.
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  • 1970
    Age 42
    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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1966
    Age 38
    In 1966, Scott appeared as Jud Barker in the NBC western The Road West, starring Barry Sullivan, Kathryn Hays, Andrew Prine, and Glenn Corbett.
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  • 1965
    Age 37
    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.
  • 1964
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 35
    In 1963, Scott starred in the hour-long television drama series East Side/West Side.
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  • 1962
    Age 34
    Scott refused the Oscar nomination for Patton, just as he had done for his 1962 nomination for The Hustler, but won the award anyway.
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  • 1961
    Age 33
    He appeared opposite Laurence Olivier and Julie Harris in Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory in a 1961 television production.
  • 1958
    Age 30
    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, and for playing the title character in William Shakespeare's Richard III (a performance one critic said was the "angriest" Richard III of all time).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1953
    Age 25
    He graduated from the university in 1953 with degrees in English and theater.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1945
    Age 17
    Scott joined the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1945 to 1949.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Born
    Born on October 18, 1927.
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