He first came to public attention in the film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb where he played the part of General "Buck" Turgidson. It was said that Stanley Kubrick told Scott that he had all the takes for one of the early scenes in that film and asked to redo the scene in an "over the top" fashion. This take was the one that is actually used in Dr. Strangelove.
Scott was nominated for, and won, the Academy Award. He refused the nomination for his appearance in The Hustler. He has been quoted as saying "The (Academy Awards) ceremonies are a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons."
George C. Scott was twice married to and twice divorced from Canadian-born actress Colleen Dewhurst. He died in 1999 from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California.
Scott also appeared in many other films, including: