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Overview (5)

Born in Austin, Texas, USA
Died in Austin, Texas, USA  (malignant brain tumor)
Birth NameZachary Thomson Scott Jr.
Nickname Zack
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

American leading man of suave or sinister roles. A collateral relative of George Washington and William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson, Scott was the son of a wealthy surgeon. Intending to follow his father into medicine, Scott studied at the University of Texas, but found he preferred the theater. He dropped out of college and signed on as a cabin boy on a freighter bound for England. There he found work in provincial repertory, gaining confidence and skill. Returning to Texas, he married actress Elaine Anderson and became active in local theater in Austin. He and his wife were spotted in a play there by Alfred Lunt, who recommended them to the producers of New York's Theatre Guild. Thus, Scott made a successful entry into the Broadway stage, appearing in several successes. In one of them he was noticed by Jack L. Warner, who signed him to a film contract and introduced him to film audiences in the title role of The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). He was well received in the part of the mysterious and debonair scoundrel and seemed destined for a top-level career in movies. Indeed, a subsequent role as the cad in Mildred Pierce (1945) seemed likely to cement him as both a star and as a typecast portrayer of amoral characters. Jean Renoir, however, cast the Texan in a touching and sensitive role in his classic The Southerner (1945). Though he received great acclaim for his performance, Scott was not particularly well promoted by Warners, and his subsequent films declined in prestige. In 1950, a divorce and a rafting accident, in which he was badly injured, sent him into a depression. Subsequently, he married actress Ruth Ford and began to concentrate more on stage and television work. Although he continued to work in films, including one for director Luis Buñuel, Scott never quite reclaimed the level of stardom that he'd achieved in the mid-1940s. In 1965, he was stricken with a brain tumor. Despite surgery, he succumbed in October of that year, at 51. He was buried in Austin, Texas.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Spouse (2)

Ruth Ford (6 July 1952 - 3 October 1965) (his death) (1 child)
Elaine Anderson (21 February 1935 - 21 December 1950) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (24)

Daughter, Waverly Scott (b.1936)
Interred at Austin Memorial Park, Austin, Texas, USA, Block 4, Lot 187A, Space 12.
His father was a direct descendant of George Washington's only surviving sister, Betty.
First wife actress Elaine Anderson filed for divorce citing mental cruelty in November of 1949, but it was widely suggested she had fallen in love with author John Steinbeck. She and Steinbeck married in December of 1950, only months after the divorce was final.
He nearly drowned while on a rubber raft excursion in the Topanga Canyon area with actor John Emery. A riptide upset their boat, and Scott was knocked unconscious after hitting his head on a rock. Emery managed to rescue him and carry him to shore.
Known for his various charitable work, especially projects to help the poor and aid American troops.
He was the son-in-law of Waverly Andrew Anderson, a Texas oil man, during his marriage to his first wife.
At his first wedding, his father was his best man and his two sisters were bridesmaids.
His daughter, Waverly Elaine Scott, was born January 24, 1936. Although Hollyood publicists wrote that she had been named after the novel, she was in fact named after her maternal grandfather. If she had been a boy, Scott had planned on naming him Zachary Thomson Scott III.
His grandson, David Melville Skinner, was born on January 6, 1957.
His daughter, Shelley, was born in 1941. He adopted her when he married her mother, Ruth Ford.
He suffered from depression for years after a rafting accident. While rafting with actor John Emery, a riptide flung him onto a rock, knocking him unconscious. Emery carried him to shore.
Brother-in-law of bohemian surrealist Charles Henri Ford.
In 1951 he was arrested at a bar in Louisiana for violating segregation laws. He was in a black establishment drinking alcohol with African-Americans. he protested in court that he was invited to the bar by black men in uniform and that he was proud to drink with US soldiers.
He was arrested in the summer of 1961 in Hawaii for public intoxication. He was doing a hula dance outside a bar when he was arrested.
His hobbies included golfing, gourmet cooking, gardening, horse riding, swimming, antique collecting, and classical music.
His daughter is married to painter Al Kaffaga.
His mother, Sally Lee Scott, died November 1983 at 95. She left everything to be divided by her 3 children. Zachary Scott's two daughters split their late father's share. his widow, Ruth, tried to sue for a share of it for herself, but didn't have enough money for a lawyer.
He died penniless, except for a $100,000 insurance policy he left his widow.
His nickname for his wife was Ruthless.
He left his royalties to daughter Shelley but requested that she give the money to her mother, his widow, as long as her mother was alive. About three months after he died, Shelley decided to keep the money for herself, leading to her estrangement from her mother.
He filed papers to adopt his daughter, Shelley, on Feb. 9, 1953. The adoption was finalized later that year.
Maintained an apartment in Manhattan's infamous Dakota apartment building.
The oldest continuously operating theatre in Texas, also one of ten original resident theatre companies in America, was renamed the Zachary Scott Theatre in 1968 in honor of the Austin-born actor. In the early 1990's, the theatre moved to professional status with Actor's Equity Association and was selected for a National Endowment for the Arts Advancement Grant.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on his pierced ear] So far, I haven't had to punch anybody in the nose for making a crack about it.
I wear one earring because two would be ostentatious.

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