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  • Paul Scofield

    Born on January 21, 1922 in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex

awards & nominations

The Crucible (1996)

Paul Scofield as "Judge Thomas Danforth"

After married man John Proctor (Daniel Day-Lewis) decides to break off his affair with his young lover, Abigail Williams (Winona Ryder), she leads other local girls in an occult rite to wish death upon his wife, Elizabeth (Joan Allen). When the ritual is discovered, the girls are brought to trial. Accusations begin to fly, and a literal witch hunt gets underway. Before long, Elizabeth is suspected of witchcraft, and John's attempt to defend her only makes matters worse.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996) Won Actor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (1996) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Quiz Show (1994)

Paul Scofield as "Mark Van Doren"

Queens-born Herbie Stempel (John Turturro) becomes an unlikely hero after winning on America's beloved game show, "Twenty One." When the network decides to bring in a more telegenic contestant, the WASP-ish Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), Stempel takes aim at the show, announcing that the game is rigged. Congressional investigator Dick Goodwin (Rob Morrow) is brought in to examine the claim that winners were given the answers. Goodwin wrote the book on which this true story is based.

Academy Award (1994) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994) Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role

A Man for All Seasons (1966)

Paul Scofield as "Sir Thomas More"

When the highly respected British statesman Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) refuses to pressure the Pope into annulling the marriage of King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw) and his Spanish-born wife, More's clashes with the monarch increase in intensity. A devout Catholic, More stands by his religious principles and moves to leave the royal court. Unfortunately, the King and his loyalists aren't appeased by this, and press forward with grave charges of treason, further testing More's resolve.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1967) Won British Actor
Academy Award (1966) Won Best Actor
Golden Globe (1966) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

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