Zachary Scott was an American actor, most notable for his roles as villains and "mystery men".
Born in Austin, Texas, he was a distant cousin of George Washington, and his grandfather had been a very successful cattle rancher.
Scott intended to be a doctor like his father, but after attending the University of Texas for a while, he decided to switch to acting. He signed on as a cabin boy on a freighter which took him to England, where he acted in repertory theatre for a while, before he returned to Austin, and began acting in local theater.
Alfred Lunt discovered Scott in Texas and convinced him to move to New York City, where he appeared on Broadway. Jack Warner saw him in a performance, and signed him to appear in a movie, The Mask of Dimitrios, in 1944.