American film actorDied when: 89 years 38 days (1069 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius
George Randolph Scott (January 23, 1898 – March 2, 1987) was an American film actor whose career spanned the years from 1928 to 1962.As a leading man for all but the first three years of his cinematic career, Scott appeared in a variety of genres, including social dramas, crime dramas, comedies, musicals (albeit in non-singing and non-dancing roles), adventure tales, war films, and a few horror and fantasy films.
However, his most enduring image is that of the tall-in-the-saddle Western hero.Out of his more than 100 film appearances over 60 were in Westerns.
According to editor Edward Boscombe, "...Of all the major stars whose name was associated with the Western, Scott [was] most closely identified with it." Scott's more than 30 years as a motion picture actor resulted in his working with many acclaimed screen directors, including Henry King, Rouben Mamoulian, Michael Curtiz, John Cromwell, King Vidor, Allan Dwan, Fritz Lang, Sam Peckinpah, Henry Hathaway (eight times), Ray Enright (seven), Edwin L.
Marin (seven), Andre DeToth (six), and most notably, his seven film collaborations with Budd Boetticher.Scott also worked with a diverse array of cinematic leading ladies, from Shirley Temple and Irene Dunne to Mae West and Marlene Dietrich.
Considered tall at 6 ft 2 in (188 cm), lanky, muscular, and handsome, Scott displayed what was seen as an easygoing charm and courtly Southern drawl in his early films that helped offset his limitations as an actor, where he was frequently found to be stiff or "lumbering".
As he matured, however, Scott's acting was viewed as having improved, while his features became burnished and leathery, allowing him to portray a "strong, silent" type of stoic hero.
During the early 1950s, Scott was a consistent box-office draw.In the annual Motion Picture Herald Top Ten Polls, he ranked 10th in 1950, seventh in 1951, and 10th in both 1952 and 1953.
Scott also appeared in the Quigley's Top Ten Money Makers Poll from 1950 to 1953.