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|Born||February 21, 1914|
Austin, Texas, U.S.
|Died||October 3, 1965 (aged 51)|
Austin, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Texas|
(m. 1934; div. 1950)
Zachary Scott (February 21, 1914 – October 3, 1965) was an American actor who was most notable for his roles as villains and "mystery men".
Scott intended to follow his father into medicine, but after attending the University of Texas at Austin he dropped out at age 19 and worked as a seaman on an England-bound freighter. There he appeared in almost two dozen repertory theatre productions in 18 months. When he returned to Texas, he began to act in local theater productions.
Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne met Scott and his wife Elaine Anderson in Austin, Texas, where Scott was completing his degree, and then wrote to Lawrence Langer about summer jobs for both at the Westport [CT] Playhouse, which led to Scott's engagements in New York. He made his debut in a revival of Ah, Wilderness! in 1941 with a small role as a bartender. He was also in The Damask Cheek (1942), The Rock (1943), and Those Endearing Young Charms (1943).
Back at Warners, Scott was cast in Mildred Pierce (1945) and received much acclaim for his duplicitous performance as the lover of both Joan Crawford and her daughter; his mysterious murder forms the basis of the plot.
Scott co-starred with Faye Emerson in Danger Signal (1945) and was with Janis Paige and Dane Clark in Her Kind of Man (1946). In 1946 exhibitors voted Scott the third most promising "star of tomorrow".
During this period, Scott and his first wife Elaine socialized regularly with Angela Lansbury and her first husband, Richard Cromwell. Elaine Scott had met Zachary Scott back in Austin and she made a name for herself behind the scenes on Broadway as stage manager for the original production of Oklahoma!. The Scotts had one child together, Waverly Scott.
He had the lead in a noir for Eagle Lion, Ruthless (1948), then returned to Warners for Whiplash (1948) with Clark. He supported Virginia Mayo in Flaxy Martin (1949) and Joel McCrea in the independent South of St. Louis (1949). He was reunited with Crawford in Flamingo Road (1949).
Warners tried Scott in a comedy with Alexis Smith, One Last Fling (1949). He starred in some films outside the studio, Guilty Bystander (1950) and Shadow on the Wall (1950). At Warners he supported Randolph Scott in Colt .45 (1950). He did Born to Be Bad (1950) for Nicholas Ray and Pretty Baby (1950) for Warners.
Scott appeared on a variety of television series such as Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950) and Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1951). He did Lightning Strikes Twice (1951) for King Vidor and The Secret of Convict Lake (1951).
In 1950, Scott was involved in a rafting accident. Also during that year, he and Elaine divorced; she later married writer John Steinbeck. Possibly as a result of these developments or due to a box-office slump, Scott succumbed to depression, which affected his acting for Warner Bros. The studio stopped promoting his films, so he turned back to the stage and began accepting television roles.
Scott's first film after he left Warners was Stronghold (1951) with Veronica Lake. He followed it with Let's Make It Legal (1951). He was on TV in Tales of Tomorrow (1951) and Betty Crocker Star Matinee (1952) and went to England to make Wings of Danger (1952).
In Hollywood he was in Studio One in Hollywood (1953), and Medallion Theatre (1953) on TV, and Appointment in Honduras (1953), directed by Jacques Tourneur. He was in The Revlon Mirror Theater (1953), Chevron Theatre (1953), Suspense (1954), Schlitz Playhouse (1954), The Motorola Television Hour (1954), Campbell Summer Soundstage (1954), The United States Steel Hour (1954), Omnibus (1954), Climax! (1955), General Electric Theater (1955), Robert Montgomery Presents (1956, playing Philip Marlowe in a version of The Big Sleep), Science Fiction Theatre (1955), The Star and the Story (1956), Celebrity Playhouse (1956), Theatre Night (1957) and Pursuit (1958).
Scott returned to Broadway with Requiem for a Nun (1959).
Scott was in The Young One (1960) directed by Luis Buñuel. He guest starred on The Chevy Mystery Show (1960), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1960) and Diagnosis: Unknown (1960). In 1961, he portrayed White Eyes, a Native American Chief, in the Rawhide episode "Incident Before Black Pass".
He was in the film Natchez Trace (1960) and had roles in The DuPont Show of the Month (1961), Play of the Week (1961), The New Breed (1961), The Defenders (1961) and The DuPont Show of the Week (1962).
Scott's last roles included It's Only Money (1962) with Jerry Lewis, the TV movie The Expendables (1962), and episodes of The Doctors and the Nurses (1962) and The Rogues (1965). He to Broadway for A Rainy Day in Newark (1963) by Howard Teichmann. He then moved back to Austin.
In 1968, Austin renamed its civic center Zachary Scott Theatre Center in memory of the city's native son. Two streets in the Austin area are named in his memory: at the old airport Mueller Redevelopment, and in unincorporated southeast Travis County.
|1944||The Mask of Dimitrios||Dimitrios Makropoulos||Film debut|
|1945||The Southerner||Sam Tucker|
|1945||Mildred Pierce||Monte Beragon|
|1945||Danger Signal||Ronnie Mason|
|1946||Her Kind of Man||Steve Maddux|
|1947||Stallion Road||Stephen Purcell|
|1947||The Unfaithful||Bob Hunter|
|1947||Cass Timberlane||Bradd Criley|
|1948||Ruthless||Horace Woodruff Vendig|
|1949||Flaxy Martin||Walter Colby|
|1949||South of St. Louis||Charlie Burns|
|1949||Flamingo Road||Fielding Carlisle|
|1949||One Last Fling||Larry Pearce|
|1950||Guilty Bystander||Max Thursday|
|1950||Shadow on the Wall||David I. Starrling|
|1950||Colt .45||Jason Brett|
|1950||Born to Be Bad||Curtis Carey|
|1950||Pretty Baby||Barry Holmes|
|1951||Lightning Strikes Twice||Harvey Fortescue Turner|
|1951||The Secret of Convict Lake||Johnny Greer|
|1951||Stronghold||Don Miguel Navarro|
|1951||Let's Make It Legal||Victor Macfarland|
|1952||Wings of Danger||Richard Van Ness||Alternate title: Dead on Course|
|1953||Appointment in Honduras||Harry Sheppard|
|1955||Treasure of Ruby Hills||Ross Haney|
|1956||Flame of the Islands||Wade Evans|
|1957||The Counterfeit Plan||Max Brant|
|1957||Man in the Shadow||John Lewis Sullivan||Alternate title: Violent Stranger|
|1960||The Young One||Miller|
|1960||Natchez Trace||John A. Morrow / John Murrell|
|1962||It's Only Money||Gregory DeWitt||Final film role|
|1945||Suspense||"Murder Off Key"|
- Obituary Variety, October 6, 1965.
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- Variety obituary of Zachary Scott Sr., February 19, 1964.
- "Actor Zachary Scott, Leading Man For 3 Decades, Dies of Brain Tumor". The Akron Beacon Journal. Ohio, Akron. Associated Press. October 4, 1965. p. A-9. Retrieved September 2, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Candid Close-Ups: Zachary Scott Finds Everything Just Dandy Still on Broadway." Brooklyn Eagle, July 4, 1943.
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- Schallert, Edwin (December 2, 1943). "DRAMA AND FILM: Charles Coburn' Wins Col. Effingham Role Carol Stone of Broddway Stage Sought by Producer Bernerd for Screen Duty". Los Angeles Times. p. A8.
- "The Stars of To-morrow". The Sydney Morning Herald. September 10, 1946. p. 11 Supplement: The Sydney Morning Herald Magazine. Retrieved April 24, 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
- Schallert, Edwin (August 25, 1950). "Melodious 'Huck Finn' En Route; Tay Garnett Guides 'Soldiers Three'". Los Angeles Times. p. 13.
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- "Escape and Suspense!: Suspense – Murder Off Key". www.escape-suspense.com.