George C. Scott

George C. Scott

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Hospital (1971)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% Gloria (1999)
  • Birthday: Oct 18, 1927
  • Birthplace: Wise, Virginia, USA
  • One of the finest American actors of his generation, George C. Scott was born in Virginia and raised in Detroit. After serving in the Marines from 1945 to 1949, Scott enrolled at the University of Missouri, determined to become an actor. Though his truculent demeanor and raspy voice would seem to typecast him in unpleasant roles, Scott exhibited an astonishing range of characterizations during his seven years in regional repertory theater. He also found time to teach a drama course at Stephens College. By the time Scott moved to New York in 1957, he was in full command of his craft; yet, because he was largely unknown outside of the repertory circuit, he considered himself a failure. While supporting himself as an IBM machine operator, Scott auditioned for producer Joseph Papp. Cast as the title character in Papp's production of Richard III, Scott finally achieved the stardom and critical adulation that had so long eluded him. Amidst dozens of choice television guest-starring performances, Scott made his movie debut in 1959's The Hanging Tree. That same year, he earned the first of four Oscar nominations for his incisive portrayal of big-city attorney Claude Dancer in Anatomy of a Murder. Over the next few years, Scott appeared in a dizzying variety of roles, ranging from Paul Newman's mercenary manager Bert Gordon in The Hustler (1961) to erudite British detective Anthony Gethryn in The List of Adrian Messenger (1962) to ape-like General "Buck" Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove (1963). After turning down several TV series offers, Scott accepted the role of social director Neil Brock on the David Susskind-produced "relevance" weekly East Side/West Side (1963-1964). He left the series in a huff in early 1964, citing the censorial idiocies of the program's network and sponsors; he also vowed to never again appear in a TV series -- at least until 1987, when the Fox network offered him 100,000 dollars per episode to star in the nonsensical sitcom Mr. President. In 1971, Scott made international headlines by refusing to accept his Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the title role of Patton, deriding the awards ceremony as a "meat parade." Two years later, he turned down an Emmy for his work in the TV adaptation of Arthur Miller's The Price. Curiously, he had no qualms about accepting such honors as the Golden Globe or Canada's Genie Award for the 1980 film The Changeling. Gravitating toward directing, Scott staged both the Broadway and TV productions of The Andersonville Trial, and he also directed two of his films: Rage (1973) and The Savage Is Loose (1974). In 1976, he added singing and dancing to his accomplishments when he starred on Broadway in Sly Fox, a musicalization of Ben Jonson's Volpone. In the '80s, Scott played Fagin in Oliver Twist (1982), Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (1984), and Dupin in The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1987); he also starred in a 1987 TV biopic of Mussolini, and enacted one of the most excruciatingly drawn-out death scenes in television history in The Last Days of Patton (1986). Making his cartoon voice-over debut in the anti-drug TV special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (1988), Scott served up more vocal villainy in the Disney-animated feature The Rescuers Down Under (1990). Not until his later years did he show signs of slowing down; in 1996, while appearing as Henry Drummond in the National Actors Theater production of Inherit the Wind, he suddenly took ill in mid-performance, excused himself, and left the stage, obliging director Tony Randall to take over the part for the balance of the show. He made one of his final appearances in an Emmy-winning performance in the all-star TV remake of 12 Angry Men with Jack Lemmon. Scott was married five times; his third and fourth wife was the distinguished actress Colleen Dewhurst, while wife number five was another stage and film actress, Trish Van Devere. Two of his children, Devon and Campbell, have also pursued acting careers. Scott died on September 2

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Inherit the Wind Matthew Harrison Brady 1999
33% Rocky Marciano Pierino Marchegiano 1999
14% Gloria Ruby Goldman 1999
No Score Yet Family Rescue Clayton Hayes 1997
92% 12 Angry Men Juror #3 1997
No Score Yet Titanic Capt. Edward J. Smith 1996
40% Angus Ivan 1995
No Score Yet Tyson Cus D'Amato 1995
No Score Yet Prince Brat And The Whipping Boy Blind George 1994
59% Malice Kessler 1993
No Score Yet CIA: Exiled (Curacao) Cornelius Wettering 1993
No Score Yet Brute Force: At Risk - Combat Camera Narrator 1991
No Score Yet Descending Angel Florian Stroia 1990
69% The Rescuers Down Under McLeach 1990
57% The Exorcist III Kinderman 1990
No Score Yet Pals Jack Stobbs 1987
No Score Yet The Murders in the Rue Morgue Auguste Dupin 1986
No Score Yet The Last Days of Patton George S. Patton 1986
No Score Yet Choices Evan Granger 1986
No Score Yet Mussolini: The Untold Story Benito Mussolini 1985
No Score Yet A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge 1984
35% Firestarter John Rainbird 1984
No Score Yet The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt Narrator 1983
No Score Yet China Rose Actor 1983
No Score Yet Oliver Twist Fagin 1982
67% Taps Gen. Harlan Bache 1981
No Score Yet Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige Director 1981
30% The Formula Barney Caine 1980
82% The Changeling John Russell 1980
78% Hardcore Jake VanDorn 1979
No Score Yet Arthur Miller on Home Ground Actor 1979
No Score Yet Movie Movie Gloves Malloy/Spats Baxter 1978
No Score Yet Crossed Swords (The Prince and the Pauper) Ruffler 1977
88% Islands in the Stream Thomas Hudson 1977
33% The Hindenburg Col. Ritter 1975
No Score Yet Bank Shot Walter Upjohn Ballentine 1974
No Score Yet The Savage Is Loose John Producer Director 1974
45% The Day of the Dolphin Dr. Jake Terrell 1973
No Score Yet Oklahoma Crude Noble 'Mase' Mason 1973
No Score Yet Rage Director Dan Logan 1972
No Score Yet The New Centurions Sgt. Andy Kilvinski 1972
100% The Hospital Dr. Herbert Bock 1971
73% They Might Be Giants Justin Playfair 1971
No Score Yet Jane Eyre Edward Rochester 1971
No Score Yet The Last Run Harry Garmes 1971
No Score Yet Hollywood Television Theatre Director 1970
96% Patton Gen. George S. Patton 1970
86% Petulia Dr. Archie Bollen 1968
75% The Flim-Flam Man Mordecai Jones 1967
No Score Yet A Time for Killing Actor 1967
No Score Yet Not With My Wife, You Don't "Tank" Martin 1966
No Score Yet The Bible Abraham 1966
No Score Yet The Yellow Rolls-Royce Paolo Maltese 1965
98% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Gen. "Buck" Turgidson 1964
67% The List of Adrian Messenger Anthony Gethryn 1963
98% The Hustler Bert Gordon 1961
100% Anatomy of a Murder Claude Dancer 1959
No Score Yet The Hanging Tree Dr. George Grubb 1959

TV

Rating

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Credit

Year

No Score Yet Ben Casey
1961-1966
  • 1961
33% Traps
1994
Joe Trapchek

QUOTES FROM George C. Scott CHARACTERS

Ebenezer Scrooge
If I had my way, every fool who goes around with "Merry Christmas" on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly in his heart!
Ebenezer Scrooge
If I had my way, every fool who goes around with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly in his heart!
Gen. "Buck" Turgidson
Your average Ruskie doesn't take a dump without a plan.
Abraham
What is faith, if it says this thing cannot be?
McLeach
I got her! I GOT her! Did you see that? Perfect shot. Per-fect shot! She's mine! All mine!
McLeach
I didn't make it all the way through third grade for nothing.
McLeach
I'll give you a night down here to think it over. But tomorrow, no more Mr. Nice Guy.
John Russell
What do you want from me?! I did every thing I could!
George S. Patton Jr.
Come on Willy let's go for a walk.
George S. Patton Jr.
"When you put your hand, into a bunch of goo, that a moment before was your best friend's face...you'll know what to do."
George S. Patton Jr.
When you put your hand, into a bunch of goo, that a moment before was your best friend's face... you'll know what to do.
Bert Gordon
When are you leaving?
Sarah Packard
In a little while. That's what you want, isn't it?
Bert Gordon
It's what Eddie wants. He, uh, told me to give you some money. He stands over her, pulling a wad of bills from his pocket.
Sarah Packard
Put it on the bed. That's the way it's done, isn't it?
Bert Gordon
(tossing it there) That's the way it's done.
Bert Gordon
[tossing it there] That's the way it's done.
Sarah Packard
And the way you're looking at me, is that the way you look at a man you've just beaten? As if you'd just taken his money, and now all you want is ... his pride?
Sarah Packard
And the way you're looking at me, is that the way you look at a man you've just beaten? As if you'd just taken his money, and now all you want is... his pride?
Bert Gordon
All I want's the money.
Sarah Packard
Sure, sure, just the money, and the aristocratic pleasure of seeing him fall apart. You're a Roman, Bert. You have to win them all.
Sarah Packard
Doesn't all of this come through to you, Eddie? Doesn't any of this mean anything to you? That man, this place, the people. They wear masks, Eddie. And underneath the masks they're perverted, twisted, crippled.
"Fast" Eddie Felson
Shut up. His eyes are shut tight; his balled-up fists rub against his temples.
Sarah Packard
(moving to him) Don't wear a mask, Eddie. You don't have to. (points to Bert) That's Turk, Eddie, the man who broke your thumbs. Only he's not going to break your thumbs. He'll break your heart, your guts. And for the same reason -- 'cause he hates you, 'cause of what you are. 'Cause of what you have and he hasn't.
Sarah Packard
[moving to him] Don't wear a mask, Eddie. You don't have to. [points to Bert] That's Turk, Eddie, the man who broke your thumbs. Only he's not going to break your thumbs. He'll break your heart, your guts. And for the same reason -- 'cause he hates you, 'cause of what you are. 'Cause of what you have and he hasn't.
"Fast" Eddie Felson
(rises) Would you get off my back, Sarah? Once and for all, will you get out, will you GET OFF MY BACK?!
"Fast" Eddie Felson
[rises] Would you get off my back, Sarah? Once and for all, will you get out, will you GET OFF MY BACK?!
Bert Gordon
Go ahead and play him, Eddie. Play him for a thousand dollars a game.
Sarah Packard
Doesn't your lighter work, Mr. Gordon?
Bert Gordon
(smiling politely) Oh, I forgot all about it. (to Eddie, who still holds the flame) How's the hands?
Bert Gordon
[smiling politely] Oh, I forgot all about it. [to Eddie, who still holds the flame] How's the hands?
"Fast" Eddie Felson
Fine.
Bert Gordon
Good. I'd hate to think I was putting my money on a cripple.
"Fast" Eddie Felson
(angrily) Hey, whaddya say something like that for?
"Fast" Eddie Felson
[angrily] Hey, whaddya say something like that for?
Sarah Packard
It's all right, Eddie. I'm sure Mr. Gordon meant no offense. It was a figure of speech.
Bert Gordon
That's right, Miss Packard.
Sarah Packard
And a fact is a fact.
Bert Gordon
She's a smart girl, Eddie.
Bert Gordon
I don't think there's a pool player alive shoots better pool than I saw you shoot the other night at Ames. You got talent.
Bert Gordon
I don't think there's a pool player alive shoots better pool than I saw you shoot the other night at Ames. You got talent.
"Fast" Eddie Felson
So I got talent. So what beat me?
Bert Gordon
Character.
"Fast" Eddie Felson
(laughs) Yeah. Sure, sure.
"Fast" Eddie Felson
[laughs] Yeah. Sure, sure.
Bert Gordon
You're damned right I'm sure. Everybody's got talent. I got talent. You think you can play big-money straight pool, or poker, for forty straight hours on nothing but talent? You think they call Minnesota Fats the best in the country just 'cause he's got talent? Nah. Minnesota Fats's got more character in one finger than you got in your whole skinny body.
Bert Gordon
You're damned right I'm sure. Everybody's got talent. I got talent. You think you can play big-money straight pool, or poker, for forty straight hours on nothing but talent? You think they call Minnesota Fats the best in the country just 'cause he's got talent? Nah. Minnesota Fats's got more character in one finger than you got in your whole skinny body.
President Merkin Muffley
General Turgidson. it is the avowed policy of our nation never to strike first with nuclear weapons!
Gen. Buck Turgidson
Well sir, I would say that General Ripper has already invalidated THAT policy!
Brian Moreland
Sir, how can they do this?
Gen. Harlan Bache
With the stroke of a pen.
George S. Patton Jr.
The above quotes are all erroneous, and grievously so, except for the very first!
Lt. Lothar Zogg
Perhaps it might be better, Mr. President, if you were more concerned with the American People than with your image in the history books.
Gen. "Buck" Turgidson
Perhaps it might be better, Mr. President, if you were more concerned with the American People than with your image in the history books.
George S. Patton Jr.
I know I'm a prima donna. I admit it. What I can't stand about Monty is, he won't admit it.
McLeach
I didn't pass the third grade for nothin!
George S. Patton Jr.
I don't want them to love me, I want them to fight for me. [the soldiers]
George S. Patton Jr.
Send him a message.... do I want to give it back? [after winning the island]
George S. Patton Jr.
Send him a message... do I want to give it back? [after winning the island]
George S. Patton Jr.
...read the Bible, every God damn day.
George S. Patton Jr.
general, I just take commands like the simple old soldiers I am.
George S. Patton Jr.
General, I just take commands like the simple old soldiers I am.
George S. Patton Jr.
Rommel, you magnificant bastard, I read your book!
George S. Patton Jr.
Here's we hold them by the nose and kick them in the ass.
George S. Patton Jr.
A hell of a waste of fine infantry.
George S. Patton Jr.
They'll get an education in about 10 seconds. Wait until they get a dose of that artillary.
George S. Patton Jr.
At last I am to lead men in a desperate battle. Now I am going to do it.
George S. Patton Jr.
Rommel! I read your book!
George S. Patton Jr.
God how I hate the 20th century.
George S. Patton Jr.
The world grew up, its a hell of a shame.
George S. Patton Jr.
Men, all this stuff you've heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost, and will never lose a war... because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.
George S. Patton Jr.
I can smell a battlefield.
George S. Patton Jr.
I don't care if he dies, just get him out of here.[speaking to a doctor about supposed coward soldiers]
George S. Patton Jr.
I don't care if he dies, just get him out of here. [speaking to a doctor about supposed coward soldiers]
George S. Patton Jr.
This is a barracks, not a bordillo.
George S. Patton Jr.
about the soldiers in his new command: "I hope the hell they never lose their fear of me."
George S. Patton Jr.
[about the soldiers in his new command] I hope the hell they never lose their fear of me.
George S. Patton Jr.
(sleeping G.I.) Get back down there son. You're the only son of a bitch that knows what they're trying to do.
George S. Patton Jr.
[sleeping G.I.] Get back down there son. You're the only son of a bitch that knows what they're trying to do.
George S. Patton Jr.
I love it [Morroco]. I think it is a combination of the Bible and Hollywood.
Gen. Buck Turgidson
I don't think it's quite fair to condemn the whole program because of a single slip up.
Gen. Buck Turgidson
Well, I, uh, don't think it's quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip-up, sir.
George S. Patton Jr.
I will be allowed to fulfill my destiny!
Thomas Hudson
"there is no one thing that is true, it is all true"
Thomas Hudson
There is no one thing that is true, it is all true.
George S. Patton Jr.
Now, I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.
Bert Gordon
Eddie, you're a born loser.
Gen. Buck Turgidson
Mr. President! We must not alloooooooooow a mine shaft gap!!