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October 18: George C. Scott (1927)

It was on this date, October 18, 1927, that American actor George C. Scott, winner of four Oscar nominations, was born George Campbell Scott in Wise, VA. Generally considered an actor’s actor, and known for his distinctive raspy voice, Scott was nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award five times and created memorable film characters in Anatomy of a Murder (1959) and The Hustler (1961), for which he won his first two Oscar nominations, The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), then Dr. Strangelove (1964) the title role in Patton (1970) and Ebenezer Scrooge in the Clive Donner adaptation of A Christmas Carol (1984). It was for Patton that Scott won, but refused, the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was the first actor ever to refuse the award.

Shortly before his death on 22 September 1999, during an interview on the TV news magazine “60 Minutes,” Scott said he did not believe in God at all.

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Ronald Bruce Meyer

Freethought Almanac was created by Ronald Bruce Meyer, in collaboration with freethoughtradio.com, in March 2003. What started with a brief notice on the birthday of Albert Einstein, grew into almost 250,000 words on not only biography but history, philosophy, theology and politics — one day at a time. Freethought Almanac looks at these daily subjects from a godless point of view, that is, a point of view that is based not on fantasies, delusions or wishful thinking, but a view that is evidence-based.

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