Actor Randolph Scott was born on January 23, 1898 in Orange County, Virginia. Scott appeared in a variety of film genres; however, his most enduring image is that of a Western hero. Out of his more than 100 film appearances more than 60 were in Westerns. Around 1927, Scott developed an interest in acting and decided to make his way to Los Angeles and seek a career in the motion picture industry. Fortunately, Scott's father had become acquainted with Howard Hughes and provided a letter of introduction for his son to present to the eccentric millionaire filmmaker. Hughes responded by getting Scott a small part in Sharp Shooters (1928). In the next few years, Scott continued working as an extra and bit player in several films, including The Virginian (1929) with Gary Cooper.
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On January 23, 1992, child actor Freddie Bartholomew died. He was born on March 8, 1924 in Willesden, England. He was one of the most famous child actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood. His best known films were David Copperfield (1935), Captains Courageous (1937) and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936). Despite his great success and acclaim following David Copperfield, Bartholomew's childhood film stardom was marred by nearly constant legal battles and payouts which eventually took a huge toll on both his finances and his career. In adulthood, after World War II service, Bartholomew's film career dwindled rapidly, and he switched from performing to directing and producing in the medium of television. Suffering from emphysema, Bartholomew retired from television by the late 1980s. He died on January 23, 1992 from emphysema in Sarasota, Florida and his cremated remains were given to family with final disposition being unknown.