Photo of George C. Scott George C. Scott

Best remembered for his stirring performance in Patton (1970) -- and subsequent refusal of the Best Actor Oscar -- George C. Scott was born Oct. 18, 1927, in Wise, Va.

After a stint in the Marines, he worked in repertory theater, and in 1957 he played the title role in a New York production of "Richard III." That part earned him critical accolades and led to film roles, beginning with The Hanging Tree (1959). Scott then racked up Oscar nods for his supporting turns in Anatomy of a Murder (1959) and The Hustler (1961). The pugnacious star proved equally adept at comedy with memorable portrayals in Dr. Strangelove (1964), The Flim-Flam Man (1967) and Oklahoma Crude (1973).

While Scott's big-screen appearances waned after 1980, he landed plenty of television work, including roles in the remakes of The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1986) and 12 Angry Men (1997). Scott died Sept. 27, 1999.

George C. Scott in Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove

1964 PG

When a fanatical U.S. general launches an air strike against the Soviets, they raise the stakes by threatening to unleash a "doomsday device," setting the stage for Armageddon in this classic black comedy that brilliantly skewers the nuclear age.

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