Born: January 23, 1898, Orange County, Virginia
Died: March 2, 1987 (aged 89), Beverly Hills, California
Scott was an American motion picture 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 , adventure tales, war
films, and even a few horror and fantasy films.
His most enduring image is that of the tall-in-the-saddle Western
hero. Out of his more than 100 film appearances more than 60 were in
Westerns; thus, "of all the major stars whose name was associated
with the Western, Scott most closely identified with it."
What do you know about Randolph Scott? Try this Western Stars Quick
1. In Blazing Saddles, when the townspeople refuse to support the
town's sheriff, they relent after the sheriff tells them: "You'd do
it for Randolph Scott."
2. Fortunately, Scott's father had become acquainted with a Hollywood
filmmaker and provided a letter of introduction for his son to present
to the eccentric millionaire filmmaker. The filmmaker responded by
getting Scott a small part in a George O'Brien film called Sharp
Shooters (1928). Who is the filmmaker?
- Louis B. Mayer
- Jack Warner
- Howard Hughes
3. On the advice of director Cecil B. DeMille, Scott also gained
much-needed acting experience by performing in stage plays. Where did he
act on stage?
- Pasadena Playhouse
- Bucks County Playhouse
4. Under contract to Paramount Pictures, in 1932, they cast him as
the lead in his first significant starring role and also the one that
establish him as a Western hero. What was the movie?
- The Virginian
- Heritage of the Desert
- Take Back Arms
5. In 1935 and 1936, he made two musicals. He plays a lunkheaded but
likable pal. Who was the star?
- Richard Rogers
- Gene Kelly
- Fred Astaire
6. In 1936, Scott, on another loan starred in yet another adventure
classic. A big hit in its day, the film gave Scott his first unqualified
'A' picture success as a lead. What is the movie?
- Charlie Brown
- The Last of the Mohicans
- The Virginian
7. For 20th Century Fox Scott supported their child star in Rebecca
of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) and Susanna of the Mounties (1939). Who was
the child star?
- Judy Garland
- Shirley Temple
- Mickey Rooney
8. In 1946, after playing roles that had him wandering in and out of
the saddle for many years, Scott appeared in Abilene Town, an RKO
release which cast him in what would become one of his classic images,
the fearless lawman cleaning up a lawless town. The film "cemented
Scott's position as a cowboy hero" and from this point on all but
two of his starring films would be Westerns.
9. In 1962 Scott made his final film appearance in Ride the High
Country, a film now regarded as a classic. It co-starred Joel McCrea.
Who directed the film?
- John Ford
- Sam Peckinpah
- Budd Boetticher
10. Scott died of heart and lung ailments.
11. Where is Randolph Scott buried?
- Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California
- Orange County Memorial Park, Orange, Virginia