Randolph Scott Biography

Place of Birth: Orange County, Virginia
Height: 6' 2½" (1.89 m)
Wiki Biography: Handsome leading man who developed into one of Hollywood's greatest and most popular western stars. Born to George and Lucy Crane Scott during a visit to Virginia, Scott was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina in a wealthy family. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology but, after being injured playing football, transferred to the University of North Carolina, from which he graduated with a degree in textile engineering and manufacturing. He discovered acting and went to California, where he met Howard Hughes, who obtained an audition for him for Cecil B. DeMille's Dynamite (1929), a role which went instead to Joel McCrea. He was hired to coach Gary Cooper in a Virginia dialect for The Virginian (1929) and played a bit part in the film. Paramount scouts saw him in a play and offered him a contract. He met Cary Grant, another Paramount contract player, on the set of Hot Saturday (1932) and immediately moved in together. Their on-and-off living arrangement would last until 1942. Scott married and divorced wealthy heiress Marion DuPont in the late 1930's. He moved into leading roles at Paramount, although his easy-going charm was not enough to indicate the tremendous success that would come to him later. He was a pleasant figure in comedies, dramas and the occasional adventure, but it was not until he began focusing on westerns in the late 1940s that he reached his greatest stardom. His screen persona altered into that of a stoic, craggy, and uncompromising figure, a tough, hard-bitten man seemingly unconnected to the light comedy lead he had been in the 1930s. He became one of the top box office stars of the 1950s and, in the westerns of Budd Boetticher especially, a critically important figure in the western as an art form. Following a critically acclaimed, less-heroic-than-usual role in one of the classics of the genre, Ride the High Country (1962), Scott retired from films. A multimillionaire as a result of canny investments, Scott spent his remaining years playing golf and avoiding film industry affairs, stating that he didn't like publicity. He died in 1987 survived by his second wife, Patricia Stillman, and his two adopted children, Christopher and Sandra. He is buried in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Colt .45 Steve Farrell 1950
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Thundering Herd 1933
Roberta John Kent 1935 0, 0
She Leo Vincey 1935 Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Follow the Fleet 1936 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Go West, Young Man 1936 Comedy
High, Wide, and Handsome Peter Cortlandt 1937
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 1938 Family, Comedy, Drama
Jesse James Marshall Will Wright 1939 0, Fantasy, Comedy
Susannah of the Mounties 1939 Drama, Family
Frontier Marshal Wyatt Earp 1939 History, Romance
Virginia City 1940 0
Western Union 1941 History
The Spoilers 1942 Biography
To the Shores of Tripoli 1943 Drama, Romance
Corvette K-225 Lieutenant Commander MacClain 1943
Captain Kidd Adam Mercy 1945 0
Abilene Town 1946 Romance
Carson City 1953 Romance
Rage at Dawn 1955
Seven Men from Now Ben Stride 1956 0, 0
The Tall T 1957
Ride Lonesome 1959
Comanche Station 1960
Ride the High Country Gil Westrum 1962 Adventure, Drama, Romance
Exterminator 2 Eyes 1984
Léon: The Professional 4th Stansfield man 1994 Game Show, Comedy