The truth is there really aren’t that many great actors from Hollywood to Bollywood. But a hand full of them we, who love entertainment, worship like gods. After watching a Canadian made horror film from 1980, “The Changeling,” starring George C. Scott, Mr. Scott is among our list of the greatest actors. “The Changeling” by the way won Canada’s first motion picture award, then called Genie Award, for Best Picture in 1980. Scott won as Best Foreign Actor.
Mr. Scott was born a southerner in Wise, Virginia, a town on Virginia’s eastern shore. One of Scott’s first ambitions before acting was to become a writer like his favorite author F. Scotts Fitzgerald. After graduating high school in 1945, Scott enlisted in the US Marines, where he spent four years burying bodies in Arlington National Cemetery and, as he later recalled, “picked up a solid drinking habit that stayed with me from then on.”
In 1971, Scott won an Oscar for his portrayal of General George S. Patton in the film “Patton”, an award which Mr. Scott refused and shocked Hollywood. During his life Mr. Scott married five times and while divorced from Carol Dewhurst, he developed a stormy relationship with beautiful actress Ava Gardner, also a southern belle born in North Carolina and a giant movie star; their relationship fueled Mr. Scott's bouts with alcohol and continued an age-old problem dating back to his military service.
Our favorite Scott film role was his portrayal of professional gambler Bert Gordon in 1961's "The Hustler". The Hustler was shot on location in New York City. It stars Paul Newman (on our list of the greatest) as Fast Eddie, Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats and Piper Laurie (list of greatest actresses) as "sad, tragic" Sarah. Hustler was a major critical and popular success, gaining a reputation as a modern classic.
So why did Mr. Scott refuse the Oscar he won as Best Actor for "Patton" in 1971? After searching the internet these unverified quotes satisfied our curiosity:
George C. Scott: ''What I hate is that whole superstructure and the phony suspense and the crying actor clutching the statue to his bosom.. It's all such a bloody bore.''
There's also another saying that he thought Politics surrounding the Acadamy Awards is demeaning and the ceremony itself was ''a two-hours meat parade''.