On This Day … 22 September [2022]

People (Births)

  • 1912 – Martha Scott, American actress (d. 2003).
  • 1970 – Rupert Penry-Jones, English actor.

People (Deaths)

  • 1999 – George C. Scott, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1927).

Martha Scott

Martha Ellen Scott (22 September 1912 to 28 May 2003) was an American actress. She was featured in major films such as Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1956), and William Wyler’s Ben-Hur (1959), playing the mother of Charlton Heston’s character in both films. She originated the role of Emily Webb in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town on Broadway in 1938 and later recreated the role in the 1940 film version, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Rupert Penry-Jones

Rupert William Penry-Jones (born 22 September 1970) is a British actor who has starred in a number of military-orientated productions:

  • Film:
  • TV:
    • Fatherland (1994).
    • Cambridge Spies (2003).
    • Persuasion (2007).
    • The 39 Steps (2008).

On BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are?, broadcast in August 2010, it was revealed that Penry-Jones’ maternal grandfather, William, had served with the Indian Army Medical Corps at the Battle of Monte Cassino and that his earlier ancestors had a long-standing connection with the Indian Army. Penry-Jones also discovered that he had Indian ancestry from the early 19th century.

George C. Scott

George Campbell Scott (18 October 1927 to 22 September 1999) was an American actor, director, and producer who had a celebrated career on both stage and screen. With a gruff demeanour and commanding presence, Scott became known for his portrayal of stern, but complex, authority figures such as prosecutor Claude Dancer in Anatomy of a Murder, General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, Herbert Bock in The Hospital, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Lieutenant Kinderman in The Exorcist III, and General George S. Patton in the biopic Patton (1970), which won him the Academy Award for Best Actor. Described by The Guardian as “a battler and an actor of rare courage”, his performances won him widespread recognition and numerous other accolades, including a Golden Globe, a Genie Award, and two Primetime Emmys.

Scott first distinguished himself as a stage actor in New York, both in Off-Broadway and Broadway productions. He earned the first of four Oscar nominations for only his second film role, in Anatomy of a Murder, and soon achieved screen stardom through a series of lead roles in films like The Hustler (1961), The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), Dr. Strangelove (1964), and The Bible: In the Beginning (1966). Though he won the Best Actor Oscar for playing the titular role in Patton, he became the first actor to refuse the award, having warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences months in advance that he would do so on philosophical grounds if he won. Scott believed that every dramatic performance was unique and could not be compared to others.

Scott continued to maintain a prominent stage career even as his film stardom waned, and by the end of his career he had accrued five Tony nominations, including four for Best Actor in a Play, earning his final nomination for playing Matthew Harrison Brady in the 1996 Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind. He directed several of his own films and plays and often collaborated with his wives Colleen Dewhurst and Trish Van Devere.

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