Show Business: Heavy Star

Most heavies—the villains of stage and screen—are the forgotten men of the star system. Their names are not box office.

Even if their acting range runs far beyond the short course from sneer to leer, they live and die halfway down the marquee.

But George C. Scott is an exception, a heavy who has achieved star status. In all media, his acting has earned soaring critical acclaim. He was, for example, the superbly cynical gambler in Hollywood's The Hustler. He was the ice-eyed police lieutenant who stalked Sir Laurence Olivier in TV's The Power and...

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