George C. Scott as General George S. Patton.
George Campbell Scott was born in Wise, Virginia, on October 18, 1927. He was raised in Detroit, and at the age of 17, he joined the Marine Corps, where he served for four years. After that, he attended the University of Missouri, on the G.I. Bill of Rights. "When I got out of the Marine Corps in '49, I wanted to be a writer, so I went to journalism school," he said. "But I discovered that I had no talent for it, so I looked around for something else to do. So, I tried out for a college play." Scott began appearing in a number of varsity productions, as well as in summer stock. Before long, he landed a number of roles in Shakespeare plays and other theater productions both off and on Broadway. "I got my first (professional) acting job in 1951," Scott said.
Scott also began appearing on television during the early 1950's, on such shows as Hallmark Hall of Fame, Dupont Show of the Month, Playhouse 90, Kraft Theatre, Omnibus and others. Throughout his career, the actor has bounced back and forth between stage, screen and television, and he continues to do so to this day.
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