Although he was widely respected for his distinguished stage career (including originating the role of Salieri in Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" in 1979), Scofield is best known for his portrayal of Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons (1966), a role he originated in London's West End that went on to earn him the Best Actor Oscar and BAFTA award. He also received a Tony Award for debuting the part on Broadway in 1962.
Scofield netted another Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor in 1994, portraying poet Mark Van Doren in Quiz Show, and won the Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for 1996's The Crucible. He died on March 19, 2008, at the age of 86.
When Henry VIII (Robert Shaw) seeks approval from the English aristocracy to divorce his wife and marry commoner Anne Boleyn, Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) finds himself caught between a murderous king and the powerful Roman Catholic Church. Richly crafted with a fine supporting cast, director Fred Zinnemann's period drama swept the 1966 Oscars, winning six golden statuettes, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.