George C. Scott in Firestarter

George C. Scott (1927 - 1999)

Film Deaths

  • Rage (1972) [Dan Logan]: Poisoned by exposure to nerve gas and dies from its lingering effects.
  • The New Centurions (1973) [Andy Kilvinski]: Commits suicide by shooting himself.
  • The Hindenburg (1975) [Colonel Franz Ritter]: Killed in the explosion, while attempting to disarm the bomb planted by William Atherton. We only see a glimpse of the reaction on George's face, along with Roy Thinnes (who survives the film) being blown away in the foreground.
  • Islands in the Stream (1977) [Thomas Hudson]: Shot to death in a shootout with bandits at sea.
  • Movie Movie (1978) [Gloves Malloy/Spats Baxter]: Playing a dual role in the two stories, "Gloves" is shot to death by gangsters; "Spats" dies of a terminal illness while backstage at the theatre.
  • Taps (1981) [General Harlan Bache]: Dies (off-screen) of a heart attack; we learn of his death afterwards when Ronny Cox informs Timothy Hutton.
  • Firestarter (1984) [John Rainbird]: Burned to death in an explosion when Drew Barrymore uses her powers to ignite a bullet in midair after George fires it at her. (Note: the 2002 sequel Firestarter 2: Rekindled revealed that the character, now played by Malcolm McDowell, had survived the explosion, but it's clear the original novel and film intended this as a death scene.)
  • The Rescuers Down Under (1990; animated) [Percival C. McLeach]: Falls to his death over a waterfall, after swimming away from crocodiles, while Cody (voiced by Adam Ryen) is held onto a rope by Bernard (voiced by Bob Newhart), and when Miss Bianca (voiced by Eva Gabor) tries to get out of a locked cage when Jake (voiced by Tristan Rogers) tries to unlock the lock.
  • Angus (1995) [Grandpa Ivan Bethune]: Dies of natural causes, with Charlie Talbert by his side.

TV Deaths

  • Oliver Twist (1982 TV) [Fagin]: Executed (off-screen) by hanging.
  • A Christmas Carol (1984) [Ebenezer Scrooge]: Is shown a vision of the future after his death from unspecified causes; this future is undone after George changes his ways. (See Patrick Stewart in the 1999 version.)
  • Mussolini: The Untold Story (1985) [Benito Mussolini]: Executed, along with Virginia Madsen, by a firing squad of partisans; their bodies are then hanged upside-down in the square.

Notable Connections

  • Ex-Mr. Carolyn Hughes.
  • Ex-Mr. Patricia Reed.


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