Orange County, VA
Place of Death
Beverly Hills, CA
Cause of Death
Congestive Heart Failure
Claim to Fame
Ride the High Country
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Randolph Scott (January 23, 1898 – March 2, 1987) was an American motion picture actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962.
George Randolph Scott was born in Orange County, Virginia on January 23, 1898, the only son of six children born to George Scott, an administrative engineer in a textile firm, and Lucille Crane Scott, a member of a wealthy North Carolina family. Although Scott`s birth was in Virginia, his family lived in North Carolina and it was there that he was raised.
Because of his family`s financial status, young Randolph was able to be educated in private schools such as Woodberry Forest School. From an early age Scott developed and displayed an athletic trait, excelling in football, baseball, horse racing, and swimming.
In April 1917 the United States entered World War I. Shortly afterwards, Scott, then 19 years old, joined the Army and served in France as an artillery observer with the 2nd Trench Mortar Battalion, 19th Field Artillery.
Scott`s wartime experience would give him training that would be put to use in his later film career, including the use of firearms and horsemanship.
In 1962 Randolph Scott made his final film appearance in Ride the High Country, a film now regarded as a classic. It was directed by Sam Peckinpah and co-starred Joel McCrea, an actor who had a screen image similar to Scott`s and who also from the mid-1940s on devoted his career almost exclusively to Westerns.
Following the making of Ride the High Country, Randolph Scott retired from film making at the age of 64. Having made shrewd investments throughout his life, he eventually accumulated a fortune worth a reputed $100 million. He was a major supporter of the Republican Party and an early backer of Ronald Reagan.
During his retirement years he remained friends with Fred Astaire and also became friends with Reverend Billy Graham. (Scott was described by his son Christopher as being a deeply religious man.)
Randolph Scott died at age 89 in Beverly Hills, California. He was interred in the Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina
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George Randolph Scott (January 23, 1898 – March 2, 1987) was an American film actor whose career spanned 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; thus, "of all the major stars whose name was associated with the Western, Scott most closely identified with it."
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