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George Campbell Scott (October 18, 1927 -
September 22, 1999) was a stage and film actor, director, and
producer. He was best known for his Academy Award-winning
portrayal of General George S. Patton Jr. in the film Patton,
as well as for his flamboyant performance as General Buck
Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I
Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
C. Scott actually refused the Oscar he won for his role
as Patton made in 1970. He didn't think much of the
whole Academy Awards process. Sixteen years later, Scott
reprised his Patton title role in a made-for-television
sequel, The Last Days of Patton, which was produced in
1986. The movie was based on Patton's final weeks after
being mortally injured in a car accident, with
flashbacks of Patton's life.
In 1984, Scott was
cast in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in a television
adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Critics and the public
alike praised his performance. Some have said his
Scrooge ranks alongside Alastair Sim's portrayal. He was
nominated for an Emmy Award for the role.