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George C. Scott

Biography

He won an Academy Prize for his tough-as-nails portrayal from the titular personality in Patton. He also performed Ebenezer Scrooge in movie director Clive Donner’s A Xmas Carol. As a kid, he strove to become writer and had written many unpublished brief stories. He performed General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove. After his 4th relationship, he embarked on the turbulent romantic relationship with celebrity Ava Gardner. He previously a complete of seven kids including professional Campbell Scott. He starred in Patton with Karl Malden.

Quick Facts


Full Name George C. Scott
Date Of Birth October 18, 1927
Died September 22, 1999, Westlake Village, California, United States
Place Of Birth Virginia
Height 1.83 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education University of Missouri
Nationality American
Spouse Trish Van Devere, Colleen Dewhurst, Patricia Reed, Carolyn Hughes
Children Campbell Scott, Devon Scott, Alexander R. Scott, George D. Scott, Victoria Scott, Michelle Scott, Matthew Scott
Parents George Dewey Scott, Helena Agnes Scott
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, National Board of Review Award for Best Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role, Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance, Obie Award for Best Actor, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actor, Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance In A Supporting Role By An Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program, Drama or Comedy
Movies Patton, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Hustler, Anatomy of a Murder, The Changeling, Petulia, The Exorcist III, Taps, Movie Movie, They Might Be Giants, The Day of the Dolphin, The Hospital, The Flim-Flam Man, The Hanging Tree, The List of Adrian Messenger, A Christmas Carol, The Rescuers Down Under, The Last Days of Patton, Firestarter, The New Centurions, 12 Angry Men, The Last Run, The Bible: In the Beginning..., The Savage is Loose, Islands in the Stream, The Hindenburg, Oklahoma Crude, Malice, The Formula, Inherit the Wind, The Andersonville Trial, The Yellow Rolls-Royce, Bank Shot, Gloria, Hardcore, Not with My Wife, You Don't!, The Prince and the Pauper, Jane Eyre, Descending Angel, Country Justice, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, Oliver Twist, The Ryan White Story, This Savage Land, Angus, Rage, The Power and the Glory, Prince Brat and The Whipping Boy, Rocky Marciano, Finding the Way Home
TV Shows Titanic, New York News, Traps, Mr. President, East Side/West Side, Mussolini: The Untold Story
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1 During the period when he was harassing Ava Gardner, George C Scott found his clothes in the hotel room cut off at the shoulders. Ava Gardner was still very close to Frank Sinatra, who was himself very close to the Mafia.
2 Actor Jim MacGeorge, who played the evil Dr. Scarab on the animated series Bionic Six (1987), based his Scarab voice on Scott's voice.
3 He was considered for the role of Superintendent Newhouse in Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) before Laurence Olivier was cast.
4 George C. Scott passed away on September 22, 1999, a month away from what would have been his 72nd birthday on October 18.
5 Following his death, he was interred in an unmarked grave at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
6 In the 1970s, before he married Trish Van Devere, Scott like to visit friends in the Beverly Hills area accompanied by two actor buddies, Stephen Young and Paul Stevens. Both of these actors appeared in films starring George C. Scott.
7 Became a father for the 5th time at age 32 when his 3rd ex-wife Colleen Dewhurst gave birth to their son Alexander Scott in August 1960.
8 Became a father for the 4th time at age 31 when his 2nd ex-wife Patricia Reed gave birth to their daughter Devon Scott on November 29, 1958.
9 Became a father for the 3rd time at age 29 when his 2nd ex-wife Patricia Reed gave birth to their son Matthew Scott on May 27, 1957.
10 Became a father for the 2nd time at age 26 when his former lover Karen Truesdell gave birth to their daughter Michelle Scott on August 21, 1954.
11 Became a father for the 1st time at age 25 when his 1st ex-wife Carolyn Hughes gave birth to their daughter Victoria Scott on December 19, 1952.
12 George C. Scott was an avid bridge player.
13 Suffered several heart attacks in his last years.
14 Son of George D. Scott.
15 Campaigned for Eugene McCarthy in the 1968 Democratic primaries, and for George McGovern in the 1972 presidential election.
16 Reprised his role as General George S. Patton in the television movie The Last Days of Patton (1986), 16 years after his original portrayal which he won the Oscar.
17 During filming of The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966), Scott and Ava Gardner, who had been in a tempestuous relationship for a few years, drank heavily. His drinking and his explosive temper resulted in Scott beating Gardner. He broke her shoulder and during some of the filming she was in a body brace.
18 He accepted the role of Sheriff Bill Gillespie in In the Heat of the Night (1967), according to producer Walter Mirisch's memoir "I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History". Scott backed out when wife Colleen Dewhurst wanted him to direct her in a play on Broadway. Mirisch then offered the role to Rod Steiger, who accepted and won an Oscar. Steiger later turned down the lead in Patton (1970) that went to Scott, which brought him an Oscar.
19 An aficionado of acting, he told interviewer Lawrence Grobel in his December 1980 Playboy magazine interview that his The Hustler (1961) co-star Paul Newman's performance in that film was nothing special (both actors were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances). However, he found Newman's performance as the eponymous Hud (1963) to be a superb piece of acting.
20 According to a Time magazine cover-story (March 22, 1971), Scott once had to go back on-stage during a Broadway play with his hand in a rubber glove after punching the mirror in his dressing room. The broken glass cut his hand and the flow of blood could not be stanched. This was in the days of Scott's heavy drinking, which was caused by an inner-torment and self-loathing. Scott had turned to acting to exorcise those demons, and by the time of his success with Patton (1970) had largely succeeded, according to the magazine profile.
21 He joined the Marines Corps as a 17-year old in 1945, but the atomic bomb brought an end to World War II before he could see combat. After the war, he served time at Arlington National Cemetery. According to the March 22, 1971 Time magazine cover-story on Scott, this was the time that he began to drink heavily, as the grave detail was extremely depressing.
22 Scott and Marlon Brando played chess together while shooting The Formula (1980). In his Playboy interview of December 1980 (Vol. 27, Iss. 12, pg. 81- 138), Scott told Lawrence Grobel--who had conducted the famous interview with Brando for Playboy a year earlier--that Marlon was not that good a player. Many years later, Christiane Kubrick leveled the same charge against Scott, who was beaten regularly by her late husband Stanley Kubrick on the set of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) between setups. However, Kubrick was renowned as a master-level chess player who used to hustle other players in his youth in New York City.
23 In his autobiography, Marlon Brando, Scott's co-star in the film The Formula (1980) -- in a caption for a picture from the film -- recounts that Scott asked him during the shooting of the film whether he, Brando, would ever give the same line-reading twice. Brando replied, "I know you know a cue when you hear one.".
24 His performance as General George S. Patton in Patton (1970) is ranked #82 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
25 He played Lt. William "Bill" Kinderman in The Exorcist III (1990). His ex-wife Colleen Dewhurst was the voice of Satan in the film. Son Campbell Scott played Ethan Thomas in The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005).
26 Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 550-551. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
27 Was nominated for Broadway's Tony Award five times: as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic), in 1959 for "Comes a Day"; as Best Actor (Dramatic), in 1960 for "The Andersonville Trial" and in 1974 for "Uncle Vanya"; and, as Best Actor (Play), in 1976 for a revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" and in 1996 for a revival of "Inherit the Wind". Despite these five nominations, he never won a Tony Award.
28 Was nominated for a 1996 Tony Award as Best Actor for "Inherit the Wind", but he lost to George Grizzard in "A Delicate Balance". Scott's first Tony nomination was in 1959 as Best Featured Actor in a Play in "Comes a Day". His competition that year was Grizzard, who was nominated in the same category for "The Disenchanted". They were both beaten by Charles Ruggles in "The Pleasure of His Company".
29 1950: Attended the University of Missouri Journalism School for one year, where he began taking drama classes.
30 According to his Patton (1970) co-star Karl Malden, Scott caused a shooting delay on the set of that movie by holding an impromptu "ping-pong" tournament against a world-champion table-tennis player. Scott, who was in full costume as General Patton, kept losing to the world champ and was determined to keep playing him all night, if need be, until winning at least one set.
31 Best known for playing the legendary General George S. Patton.
32 There were only two feature films shot in the Dimension 150 process. Scott starred in both of them: The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966) (aka "La Bibbia") and Patton (1970). "Patton", which was released in Cinerama theaters, was the last movie shot in a widescreen format specifically for exhibition on the Cinerama circuit, which featured curved screens. Spectators at the Cinerama showings of "Patton" were awed by the three-dimensional effect of Patton's opening speech, in which Scott as Patton stands by himself on-screen. The scene likely was shot for the purpose of showcasing the Cinerama screen.
33 Played three roles originated by actor Lee J. Cobb. He played Lt. Kinderman in The Exorcist III (1990), which was played by Cobb in the original The Exorcist (1973). Scott later played Juror #3 in the remake of 12 Angry Men (1997), a role played by Cobb in the original film (12 Angry Men (1957)). He also received a Tony nomination for playing Cobb's signature role of Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" on Broadway.
34 Although he refused the Oscar he won for Patton (1970), he accepted the Emmy he won for his performance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) 1971 production of Arthur Miller's "The Price", saying that he felt that the Emmy Awards were a more honest appreciation of an actor's work.
35 1945-49: Served in the United States Marine Corps.
36 Was infamous for his intense, intimidating personality. Julie Christie, who had earlier co-starred with him in Petulia (1968), was rattled by his presence when they appeared together on Broadway in Mike Nichols' all-star production of Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" in the summer of 1973 (other cast members included Conrad Bain, Lillian Gish, Barnard Hughes, Cathleen Nesbitt and Nicol Williamson in the title role. The play garnered 1974 Tony Award nominations for Nichols for Best Director and Best Actor [Play] nods for Scott and Williamson; Williamson won the 1974 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance). Christie also told the press, at the time, that Scott frightened her, something that surprised the actor when he was told of her comment six years later by Lawrence Grobel, who was interviewing Scott for "Playboy" Magazine (December 1980).
37 Was the first actor ever to refuse an Academy Award (1970, for Patton (1970)). He was followed by Marlon Brando, who also turned down the award for The Godfather (1972). The reason he claimed for missing the ceremony where he won the Oscar was that he was busy watching a hockey game.
38 The only products that Scott ever endorsed in a TV commercial shown in the United States were the Renault Alliance sedan and Encore coupe (later the Alliance coupe), built in the United States by American Motors.
39 Became a father for the 6th time at age 33 when his 3rd ex-wife Colleen Dewhurst gave birth to their son Campbell Scott on July 19, 1961.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last Run 1971 Harry Garmes
They Might Be Giants 1971 Justin
ITV Saturday Night Theatre 1971 TV Series Victor Franz
The Price 1971 TV Movie Victor Franz
Jane Eyre 1970 TV Movie Edward Rochester
Patton 1970 Gen. George S. Patton Jr.
Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall 1969 TV Movie Max Maxwell / N.Y. Rome
This Savage Land 1969 TV Movie Jud Barker
Petulia 1968 Dr. Archie Bollen
The Flim-Flam Man 1967 Mordecai
The Crucible 1967 TV Movie John Proctor
Not with My Wife, You Don't! 1966 'Tank' Martin
The Bible: In the Beginning... 1966 Abraham
The Road West 1966 TV Series Jud Barker
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1965 TV Series Captain Vince McGuire
The Red Skelton Hour 1965 TV Series Dr. Hardship
The Yellow Rolls-Royce 1964 Paolo Maltese
East Side/West Side 1963-1964 TV Series Neil Brock
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964 Gen. 'Buck' Turgidson
Look Up and Live 1964 TV Series
The List of Adrian Messenger 1963 Anthony Gethryn
The Eleventh Hour 1962 TV Series Anton Novak
The Virginian 1962 TV Series Arthur Lilly
Monitor 1962 TV Series documentary Shylock
Naked City 1962 TV Series Kermit Garrison
Golden Showcase 1961 TV Series Lord Henry Wotton
The Power and the Glory 1961 TV Movie Police lieutenant
Ben Casey 1961 TV Series Dr. Karl Anders
The Hustler 1961 Bert Gordon
Dow Hour of Great Mysteries 1960 TV Series
Don Juan in Hell 1960 TV Movie The Devil
Play of the Week 1960 TV Series The Devil
Winterset 1959 TV Movie Trock
Playhouse 90 1959 TV Series Juan
Sunday Showcase 1959 TV Series Dr. Richard Bryan
Anatomy of a Murder 1959 Asst. State Atty. Gen. Claude Dancer
The United States Steel Hour 1959 TV Series Marshal Gulliver
The Hanging Tree 1959 George Grubb
Omnibus 1958 TV Series
Kraft Theatre 1958 TV Series Nicholas Dreydel / Mr. Oakhurst
The Outcasts of Poker Flat 1958 TV Movie
The DuPont Show of the Month 1958 TV Series Jacques
The Bigelow Theatre 1951 TV Series
Inherit the Wind 1999 TV Movie Matthew Harrison Brady
Rocky Marciano 1999 TV Movie Pierino Marchegiano
Gloria 1999 Ruby
12 Angry Men 1997 TV Movie Juror #3
The Searchers 1997 TV Movie Narrator
Country Justice 1997 TV Movie Clayton Hayes
Titanic 1996 TV Mini-Series Captain Edward J. Smith
New York News 1995 TV Series Ollie Herman
Angus 1995 Grandpa Ivan
Tyson 1995 TV Movie Cus D'Amato
In the Heat of the Night 1994 TV Series Judge Walker
The Whipping Boy 1994 TV Movie Blind George
Traps 1994 TV Series Joe Trapchek
Malice 1993 Dr. Kessler
Curacao 1993 TV Movie Cornelius Wettering
Brute Force 1991 TV Series Narrator (voice)
Finding the Way Home 1991 TV Movie Max Mittelmann
Descending Angel 1990 TV Movie Florian Stroia
The Rescuers Down Under 1990 McLeach (voice)
The Exorcist III 1990 Kinderman
Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue 1990 TV Short Smoke (voice)
The Ryan White Story 1989 TV Movie Charles Vaughan Sr.
Mr. President 1987-1988 TV Series President Samuel Arthur Tresch
Pals 1987 TV Movie Jack Stobbs
The Murders in the Rue Morgue 1986 TV Movie Auguste Dupin
The Last Days of Patton 1986 TV Movie General George S. Patton Jr.
Choices 1986 TV Movie Evan Granger
Mussolini: The Untold Story 1985 TV Mini-Series Benito Mussolini
A Christmas Carol 1984 TV Movie Ebenezer Scrooge
Firestarter 1984 John Rainbird
China Rose 1983 TV Movie Burton Allen
Oliver Twist 1982/I TV Movie Fagin
Taps 1981/I General Harlan Bache
Casey Stengel 1981 TV Movie Host
Mister Lincoln 1981 TV Movie Host
The Formula 1980 Lt. Barney Caine LAPD
The Changeling 1980 John Russell
Hardcore 1979 Jake VanDorn
Movie Movie 1978 Gloves Malloy / Spats Baxter
Columbo 1978 TV Series Television Studio Technician
Crossed Swords 1977 Ruffler
Islands in the Stream 1977 Thomas Hudson
Beauty and the Beast 1976 TV Movie The Beast
The Hindenburg 1975 Colonel Franz Ritter
Fear on Trial 1975 TV Movie Louis Nizer
The Savage Is Loose 1974 John
Bank Shot 1974 Walter Upjohn Ballentine
The American Parade 1974 TV Mini-Series Narrator
The Day of the Dolphin 1973 Dr. Jacob 'Jake' Terrell
Oklahoma Crude 1973 Mase
Rage 1972 Dan Logan
The New Centurions 1972 Kilvinski
The Hospital 1971 Dr. Herbert Bock

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Savage Is Loose 1974
Rage 1972
The Andersonville Trial 1970 TV Movie

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Savage Is Loose 1974 producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rescuers Down Under 1990 performer: "The Crawdad Song" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Actors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2016 TV Movie Himself
Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero 1998 Documentary
Patton: A Tribute to Franklin J. Schaffner 1997 Video documentary Himself, 1970 (voice)
Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels 1996 Video documentary
Reflections on the Silver Screen 1993 TV Series Himself
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker 1991 Documentary Himself
All-Star Salute to Our Troops 1991 TV Movie Himself
20th NAACP Image Awards 1988 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1968-1987 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
This Is Your Life 1987 TV Special Himself
Happy Birthday, Bob! 1983 TV Special Himself
The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt 1983 Documentary Narrator (voice)
All-Star Comedy Birthday Party from West Point 1981 TV Special Himself
Hour Magazine 1980 TV Series Himself
Arthur Miller on Home Ground 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
Good Morning America 1977-1978 TV Series Himself
Happy Birthday, Bob 1978 TV Special Himself
NBC: The First Fifty Years - A Closer Look 1976 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 30th Annual Tony Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Co-Host and Nominee: Best Actor in a Play
The 1975 Annual Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards 1975 TV Special Himself - Honoree
The Mike Douglas Show 1969-1974 TV Series Himself - Actor / Himself
Dinah! 1974 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1974 TV Series Guest Appearance
The 28th Annual Tony Awards 1974 TV Special Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney 1974 TV Special documentary Himself
Zenith Presents: A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972 TV Special Himself
Portrait of an Actor 1971 Documentary short Himself - Interviewee (as George Campbell Scott)
The Kraft Music Hall 1970 TV Series Himself
The Andersonville Trial 1970 TV Movie Himself
The 24th Annual Tony Awards 1970 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Johnny Carson Special 1969 TV Movie Himself
The Car That Became a Star 1965 Documentary short Himself
The David Susskind Show 1964 TV Series Himself
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs 2017 Documentary filming
No Sleep TV3 2015 TV Series Kinderman
Welcome to the Basement 2015 TV Series Patton
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! 2011 TV Movie documentary Ebenezer Scrooge (uncredited)
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary General Buck Turgidson
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews 2010 TV Series McLeech
George W. Bush Battles Jesus Christ 2008 Short George C. Scott
Religulous 2008 Documentary Abraham (uncredited)
Strictly Courtroom 2008 TV Movie documentary Asst. State Atty. Gen. Claude Dancer (uncredited)
The Bare Necessities: The Making of 'The Jungle Book' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters 2006 Documentary Gen. George S. Patton Jr. (uncredited)
War Stories with Oliver North 2006 TV Series documentary George S. Patton
Movies That Shook the World 2005 TV Series documentary Gen. 'Buck' Turgidson
La guerra en el cine 2003 Video documentary short Gen. George S. Patton Jr.
Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 TV Movie documentary
The Hustler: The Inside Story 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years 2000 TV Movie documentary Gen. George S. Patton Jr.
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 2000 TV Special Himself (Memorial Tribute)
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 1999 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Great Christmas Movies 1998 TV Movie documentary Ebenezer Scrooge in 1984 "A Christmas Carol"
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater 1995 TV Series Cornelius Wettering
100 Years at the Movies 1994 TV Short documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Himself
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor - 'Dr. Strangelove' (uncredited)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart 1980 TV Special documentary Actor 'Anatomy of a Murder' (uncredited)
The Mike Douglas Show 1976 TV Series Himself - Actor
America at the Movies 1976 Documentary Bert Gordon Gen. George S. Patton
Mondo Hollywood 1967 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Brazen Bell 1962 Arthur Lilly

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 12 Angry Men (1997)
1998 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 12 Angry Men (1997)
1997 CableACE CableACE Awards Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries 12 Angry Men (1997)
1987 Bronze Wrangler Western Heritage Awards Western Documentary The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt (1983) · Harrison Engle (producer)
· Marilyn S. Engle (producer)
· Theodore Strauss (writer)
1982 Best Actor Fantafestival The Changeling (1980)
1980 Genie Genie Awards Best Performance by a Foreign Actor The Changeling (1980)
1971 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Patton (1970)
1971 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Patton (1970)
1971 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969)
1971 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Best Dramatic Performance, Male Patton (1970)
1971 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Actor Patton (1970)
1971 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor Patton (1970)
1970 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Patton (1970)
1970 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Patton (1970)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Inherit the Wind (1999)
1998 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries 12 Angry Men (1997)
1998 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries 12 Angry Men (1997)
1991 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor The Exorcist III (1990)
1985 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special A Christmas Carol (1984)
1979 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Movie Movie (1978)
1979 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Actor Hardcore (1979)
1977 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special Beauty and the Beast (1976)
1973 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor The Hospital (1971)
1972 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role The Hospital (1971)
1972 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama The Hospital (1971)
1972 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Jane Eyre (1970)
1971 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor Patton (1970)
1968 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama The Crucible (1967)
1964 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead) East Side/West Side (1963)
1962 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Hustler (1961)
1962 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor The Hustler (1961)
1962 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer - Male The Hustler (1961)
1962 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor Ben Casey (1961)
1960 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Star, Male
1969 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor Petulia (1968)
1968 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Petulia (1968)

TitleSalary
The Formula (1980) $1,250,000
The Hindenburg (1975) $1,000,000 + percentage of profits
The Day of the Dolphin (1973) $750,000 against 10% of the gross
East Side/West Side (1963) $10,000 /episode

#Quote
1 (on Stanley Kubrick') He is most certainly in command, and he's so self-effacing and apologetic it's impossible to be offended by him.
2 [on working with Marlon Brando on The Formula (1980)] He'd drive you crazy. He does it over and over and over. Marlon would improve all the time. I'm not sure about the rest of us.
3 [on training to be an actor] Much of the learning process is finding out what not to do, like indulging in excesses... method acting, where they all get together and act for each other in a test-tube atmosphere.
4 The audience is a dark thing, a peculiar animal, an enemy that must be assaulted and won. It doesn't matter a damn what the actor does or does not feel. It's what the lady down there in the blue hat is feeling.
5 Technique is making what is absolutely false appear to be totally true in a manner that is not recognizable.
6 Actors are always in trouble. A director who isn't a help is a drag.
7 Acting is just a matter of observation, imitation and communication. That's what it's all about.
8 [early thoughts on Patton (1970)] It's an inadequate script and it's very difficult for me. Patton was misunderstood contemporaneously and he's misunderstood here. And I'm ashamed of being a part of it.
9 [on Jack Nicholson] He's eccentric but very interesting. A unique kind of approach. He shines because he's himself a rather interesting eccentric. A very fascinating actor.
10 [on Paul Newman] I've never thought that Paul was a particularly good actor. He's one of the sweet people of the world, an excellent producer. But I've never been a Paul Newman fan as far as acting goes. The only thing Paul's ever done I really thought was first class was Hud (1963).
11 For me, the sexiest woman on the screen ever was Joan Blondell.
12 Since childhood, the whole self-loathing thing was a big part of my makeup. Now I've learned to say, "Okay, I've screwed up." Then I try to make amends.
13 I think you have to be schizoid three different ways to be an actor. You've got to be three different people. You have to be a human being. Then you have to be the character you're playing. And on top of that you've got to be the guy sitting out there in Row 10, watching yourself and judging yourself. That's why most of us are crazy to start with, or go nuts once we get into it. I mean, don't you think it's a pretty spooky way to earn a living?
14 Film is not an actor's medium. You shoot scenes in order of convenience, not the way they come in the script, and that's detrimental to a fully developed performance. There's the terrible tedium and boredom involved in waiting around for the camera to be set up, and then you have to turn on and off when they do the scene over again. When you see the rushes is the first time you begin to judge your performance. If you get 50% of what you hoped for, you're lucky.
15 [on acting] It was the only avenue of escape I had from myself. It's never been difficult to subjugate myself to a part because I don't like myself too well. Acting was, in every sense, my means of survival.
16 Acting changes the inner spirit. It's fulfilling, but psychologically very costly. You can't steal enough money in a lifetime to make up for the damage. I'm ashamed for the bitterness it created in me, but it exists. Even when you're successful it's hard to rise above it. It's like a growth.
17 My violent behavior is some sort of aberration, a character defect I'm not particularly proud of.
18 Actors are the world's oldest, underprivileged minority - looked upon as nothing but buffoons, one step above thieves and charlatans. These award ceremonies simply compound the image for me.
19 I have nothing against Oscar. I know what he stands for and it's terrific. And I think when people used to hang around and pat each other on the back over a drink and dinner it was wonderful. But when it became an international hoopla, where careers lived and died on whether or not you did or didn't get an Oscar, then it got out of hand.
20 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.
21 Bette Davis is my bloody idol. I admire her more than any other film star.
22 Directors are supposed to help the audience. Good directors don't direct actors.
23 [on psychoanalysis] Four visits. I kept laughing. I couldn't get serious. If it helps you, it helps you. If standing on your head on the roof helps you, it helps you - if you think so.
24 There is no question you get pumped up by the recognition. Then a self-loathing sets in when you realize you're enjoying it.
25 The [Academy Awards] ceremonies are a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons.
26 [when asked for suggestions on how to judge acting] I have three tests. First, which dominates, the character or the actor? With very few exceptions it should be the character. Second, on film - as opposed to stage - we're pretty much playing basic emotions: love, anger, fear, pity. So the trick is whether you can come up with any fresh choices to present these common emotions. Third - and this is the quality that separates the great ones from the good ones - I look for a "joy of performing" quality. Who had that quality? As much as anyone, Jimmy Cagney [James Cagney].

#Trademark
1 Often spoke in an authorative, imposing bark
2 Often played doctors or police officials
3 Often played volatile individuals
4 Distinctive raspy voice

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