One of America's most talented, dynamic and mercurial actors was born on this day October 28, 1922.  He made movies constantly for forty years (1959-1999) and is one of those few actors whose vast body of work allows you to ask, "What was your favorite George C. Scott performance?"

An early generation might remember him from his more than 1,000 appearances in Neil Simon's Bradway comedy "Plaza Suite."  Another age group will remember him as the maniacal generla in 1964's "Dr. Strangelove."  Or how about as General George C. Patton in the 1970 film of the same name.  You'll remember he won the Oscar that year for Best Actor but turned it down ("I don't want to be part of any damn meat parade!").

And what about his enduring Emmy-nominated role as Ebeneezer Scrooge in the TV adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" in 1984?

So many great performances out of one single actor. Now that is talent!

Here is what happened when his name was announced on Oscar night in 1974...