They say that deaths always come in threes. And today, the announcement of Paul Scofield’s death from leukemia, the third passing in as many days, has dampened this otherwise sunny NYC day. In high school, I first saw Scofield’s Academy Award-winning performance in 1966’s Best Picture, A Man For All Seasons. Its sterling dialogue (courtesy of Robert Bolt’s Tony Award-winning play and Oscar-winning screenplay) and Scofield’s performance as Thomas More (the first instance that I can remember when I was aware of “great” acting) remain indelibly etched in my memory thirty years later.
Paul Scofield, an actor for all seasons.