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Zachary Scott

  • Birth 21 Feb 1914 Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
  • Death 3 Oct 1965 Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Block 4, Lot 187A, Space 12
  • Memorial ID 4374

Actor. Distantly related to George Washington and Bat Masterson, he originally intended to be a surgeon like his father, and studied medicine at the University of Texas. After deciding he preferred the theater, he dropped out of college and signed on as a cabin boy on a freighter bound for England. He and his first wife, Elaine Anderson (who later married John Steinbeck), were active in local Austin theater when they were spotted by Alfred Lund, who recommended them to producers in New York. While performing on Broadway, he was signed to a movie contract by Jack Warner; his first film appearance was 1944's "The Mask of Dimitrios." Although he was well received for his role in this film as well as others such as "Mildred Pierce" and "The Southerner," he wasn't promoted much by Warners, and his film career declined. He married his second wife Ruth Ford in 1952 and began to concentrate more on stage and television work. He also did some further film work, but never regained the level of fame he had enjoyed in the 1940's. In early 1965 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and despite surgery, died that October.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 14 Jan 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4374
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Zachary Scott (21 Feb 1914–3 Oct 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4374, citing Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .