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Thursday, September 23, 1999 Published at 11:48 GMT 12:48 UK


Entertainment

Actor George C Scott dies

George C Scott pictured at his California home in 1996

Hollywood actor George C Scott , who won an Oscar for his commanding performance as General Patton in the 1970 war epic, has died aged 71.

He passed away at his home in Westlake Village in Ventura County, about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The cause of death is unknown.


[ image: Scott's Oscar-winning performance as General Patton]
Scott's Oscar-winning performance as General Patton
Scott worked for some 50 years in Hollywood - his other films included Dr Strangelove, They Might Be Giants, The Hindenburg, The Sinner and Anatomy of a Murder co-starring James Stewart.

In the 1980s he turned increasingly to television, memorably as Fagin in Oliver Twist and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

He was showered with awards for his TV and stage work, but treated them with contempt.

He refused to accept his Oscar for Patton at the 1971 Academy Awards, denouncing the ceremony as a "meat parade".


[ image: Scott as a social worker in 1964's The Sinner]
Scott as a social worker in 1964's The Sinner
Shortly after, he was named winner of a Emmy Award for his TV performance in Arthur Miller's The Price - he didn't accept that prize either.

Scott was married five times - twice to actress Colleen Dewhurst - and had five children. He also acknowledged a sixth child, born out of wedlock during his school years.

A heavy drinker, he broke his nose five times - in four bar brawls and one mugging.



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