From World War I mortars to six shooters

Western hero

Way back in World War I, Randy Scott was a 19-year-old artillery man with the Trench Mortar Division in France. His training in firearms and horsemanship later came in handy in more than 60 westerns.

Remembering Randolph Scott who died March 2, 1987

In a movie career that ran from 1928 to 1962 Randolph Scott acted in comedies, musicals, crime dramas, war films and even some horror movies.

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Scott with Nancy Carroll in the 1932 drama ‘Hot Saturday.’

But it wasn’t until 1946, when he played a cowboy hero in Abilene Town that his future acting career was set in the saddle. From then on, all but two of his films were Westerns, and more than any other major movie star of that era Randolph Scott became the face and character of the Old West.

With saddle


Randolph Scott shared a Malibu beach house with his close friend Cary Grant from 1932 to 1944, feeding rumors that the two actors were lovers, but the steady stream of women in and out of their so-called ‘Bachelor Hall’ appeared to refute the gossip.

Malibu roommates

The two movie stars remained close friends for the rest of their lives. When Scott was told of Cary Grant’s death in 1986 at the age of 82, he put his head in his hands and wept. Randolph Scott died two months later at 89.


The leathery old cowboy teamed up with Joel McCrea in 1962 for his farewell Western, Sam Peckinpah’s Ride the High Country, which is still regarded as a classic, marking the end of the Old West.

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