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What is a brief biography for Randolph Scott?

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Randolph Scott was an actor born on January. 23, 1898, in Orange County, Virginia. Scott is closely identified with his roles in many Westerns. Out of his more than 100 film roles, more than 60 are Westerns. According to Turner Classic Movies, Scott’s Western films directed by Budd Boetticher are considered the best in the genre. In 1975, Scott was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame and later received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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While attending college at Georgia Tech, Scott suffered a football related injury and transferred to the University of North Carolina. He graduated with a degree in textile engineering and manufacturing, and he later moved to California, where he studied and performed at the Pasadena Playhouse. Scott’s father later introduced him to film director Howard Hughes, who provided some small parts for Scott in Western films. Scott’s roles began increasing, and his career as an actor took off, as he began appearing in film with stars such as Fred Astaire and Shirley Temple.

At the age of 64, Scott decided to retire, claiming he was content to have made his mark doing respected work that he loved. In 1987, Scott died of heart and lung ailments at 89 years old in Beverly Hills, California.

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