"I became an actor to escape my own personality. Acting is the most therapeutic thing in the world... I think all the courage that I may lack personally I have as an actor."Legendary American actor George Campbell Scott (October 18, 1927 – September 22, 1999) is best remembered for his portrayal of General George S. Patton and his eccentric aversion to the Academy Awards. He was nominated four times in his career. Twice, he rejected the nominations without being successful. The one time he won the Award for Patton, he famously refused to attend the ceremony.Modern audiences and critics, including Roger Ebert, continue to hold in high regard several of Scott's performances. He is frequently counted among the finest actors of all time.A select filmography includes:
— George C. Scott, quoted in Life Magazine, March 8, 1968 note
- Anatomy of a Murder (1959) as Claude Dancer note
- The Hustler (1961) as Bert Gordon note
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) as Gen. Buck Turgidson
- Petulia (1966) as Dr. Archie Bollen
- Patton (1970) as Gen. George S. Patton note , reprised in 1986's The Last Days of Patton.
- The Hospital (1971) as Dr. Herbert Bock note
- They Might Be Giants (1971) as Justin Playfair
- Hardcore (1979) as Jake Van Dorn
- The Changeling (1980) as John Russell
- Taps (1981) as Gen. Harlan Bache
- Firestarter (1984) as Rainbird
- A Christmas Carol (1984) as Ebenezer Scrooge
- The Rescuers Down Under (1990) as Percival McLeach (voice)
- The Exorcist III (1990) as Lt. William Kinderman
- Tyson (1995) as Cuz D'Amato
- Titanic (1996) as Captain Smith
- 12 Angry Men (1997) as Juror #3
Tropes commonly used in his roles
- Doing It for the Art: That seems to have been his reason for acting in the controversial 1979 film, Hardcore.
- Guttural Growler: Adds an element of badass to pretty much all of his characters. This was averted in Anatomy of a Murder, where his character Assistant Attorney-General Claude Dancer has a mellow voice...and makes up for it by being twice as lethal as the average badass.
- Large Ham: More so in his later years.
- Money, Dear Boy: He once said that the only reason he kept acting in films after the early 1970s was so that he could pay alimony to his three ex-wives and support his six children from the previous relationships. His real passion was the theatre.
- Rated M for Manly: He did not have an impressive physique but more than compensated for this through his guttural voice, volatile temper, and the unflinching and incisive quality that he brought to his iconic performances. Suffice to say, he would be horribly miscast in a Chick Flick.
- Reaction Shot: Scott's tortured screams of "turn it off" in the 1979 film Hardcore have been mashed up numerous times with artistic performances that are so bad they're good. The result? Videos like these.
- Star-Making Role: Gen. Buck Turgidson, before it was eclipsed in history by Gen. George S. Patton.
- Younger Than They Look: True throughout his career. Notably, he played a 60-year-old Patton when he was 42, and a 70 plus Scrooge when he was 57. His alcoholism may have been responsible for his older appearance.
- He also played General Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove at age 35. While Turgidson's age was never brought up it is still quite young for a General.