Remembering George C. Scott On His Birthday

Renowned American actor George Campbell Scott was born this day in 1927, and while he passed away on September 22, 1999, he lives on through his many excellent works in theater and film.  I’ll take the occasion of Mr. Scott’s birthday to highlight a few of my favorites.

A Christmas Carol — I’ve posted before on this blog and in other forums that George C. Scott’s Scrooge stands as my favorite film or theater adaption of the character.  The whole movie is a joy to watch, and perfect viewing for the coming holiday season.

Dr. Strangelove, Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb — What do you get when you combine a mega-talent like Mr. Scott with an all-time-great director like Stanley Kubrick?  Only one of the best and weirdest anti-war movies ever made!

Patton — This amazing bio-pic takes more than a few liberties with history, but Mr. Scott delivers an Oscar-winning performance as American general George S. Patton.

So, got a favorite George C. Scott performance you want to share?

Sound off!


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5 responses to “Remembering George C. Scott On His Birthday

  1. Sky

    He was great in Exorcist III, a much overlooked but fantastic horror movie. Thanks for bringing his b-day to my attention. I may watch Patton tonight.

  2. Thanks! I also enjoyed his performance in Firestarter.


  3. Don

    Scott, far and away, the Scott film for me is “They Might Be Giants” in which Scott plays a delusional man who believes he is Sherlock Holmes. A wonderful cult classic, from which the famed indie band got its name.

  4. Peggy

    The very first time I saw George C. Scott was in a powerful TV series called “East Side/ West Side” that briefly aired in 1963. Scott played a social worker in New York City and was brilliant. I loved that show. It was pithy, filmed in black & white, and only lasted a year. Check it out:

  5. lectorconstans

    I second Don’s nomination: They Might be Giants. It’s one of my top 10.

    Scott is Justin Playfair, a retired judge who believes he is Holmes, and is referred to a psychiatrist, named (wait for it ……) Dr Mildred Watson.

    His acting credits go back to 1953 (TV). First movie role in “The Hanging Tree” (1959). More TV roles until 1961: “The Hustler” (with Newman and Gleason). More TV until 1963: “The List of Adrian Messenger” and a breakthrough the next year: “Dr Strangelove”. Finally, “Inherit the Wind” (1999, as Matthew Brady).

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