N 35° 14.230 W 080° 50.795
17S E 513959 N 3899355
Quick Description: Movie Actor whose career spanned from 1928 - 1962
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 12/21/2006 2:05:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM123N
Randolph Scott was the prototypical cowboy star with a gallant manner and slight Southern accent lied about his age at 14 and enlisted for service in World War I. After returning home he got a degree in engineering, then joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse. While golfing, Scott met millionaire filmmaker Howard Hughes, who helped him enter films as a bit player. In the mid '30s he began landing better roles, both as a romantic lead and as a costar. Later he became a Western star, and from the late '40s to the '50s he starred exclusively in big-budget color Westerns (39 altogether). From 1950-53 he was one of the top ten box-office attractions. Later in the '50s he played the aging cowboy hero in a series of B-Westerns for an independent production company. He retired from the screen in the early '60s. Randolph Scott died at age 89 at his home in Bel Aire, California. His remains were returned to Charlotte, North Carolina, his boyhood home and interred in the family plot beside his parents in Charlotte’s Elmwood Cemetery.
George Randolph Scott was born in Orange, 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. 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 a artillery observer with the 2nd Trench Mortar Battalion, 19th Field Artillery. After the war, Scott stayed in France and enrolled in an Artillary Officer's School. Although he eventually received a commission, Scott decided to return to America and thus journeyed home in or around 1919.
With his military career over, Scott continued his education at Georgia Tech where he set his sights to become an all-American football player. However a severe back injury prevented him from achieving this goal. Scott then transferred to the University of North Carolina, where he majored in textile engineering and manufacturing. As with his military career, however, he eventually dropped out of college and went to work as an accountant in the textile firm that also employed his father. Around 1927, Scott developed in interest in acting and decided to make his way to Los Angeles and seek a career in the motion picture industry. This move launch his career as a leading man as he appeared in a variety of film including crime dramas, comedies and musicals. But his most enduring image that that of a tall in the saddle western hero. Out of his more than 100 films, more than 60 were westerns.
In 1962, Randolph made his last film appearance in “Ride the High Country.” Follow the making of Ride the High Country Randolph Scott retired from film making at the age of 64, retiring to his home in Bel Aire, California. On March 2, 1987, Randolph Scott died, his remains were returned to Charlotte, North Carolina, his boyhood home and interred in the family plot beside his parents in Charlotte’s Elmwood Cemetery.
Date of birth: 01/23/1898
Date of death: 03/02/1987
Area of notoriety: Entertainment
Marker Type: Horizontal Marker
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