Skip to comments.Televangelist Gene Scott dies at 75
Posted on 02/21/2005 11:31:30 PM PST by Borges
LOS ANGELES -- Gene Scott, the shaggy-haired, cigar-smoking televangelist whose eccentric religious broadcasts were beamed around the world, has died. He was 75.
Scott died Monday after suffering a stroke, family spokesman Robert Emmers said.
For three decades, Scott was pastor of Los Angeles University Cathedral, a Protestant congregation of more than 15,000 members housed in a landmark downtown building.
In the mid-1970s, Scott began hosting a nightly live television broadcast of Bible teaching. His nightly talk show and Sunday morning church services were aired on radio and television stations to about 180 countries around the world by his University Network.
In some of his speeches, he would use chalkboards covered with Greek and Hebrew and deliver complex lectures on the Biblical languages to make points about the meaning of faith.
"It's a college-level classroom in the Bible," he once said.
Scott did take stands on other controversial subjects, including the war in Iraq, which he supported.
"Iraq is a threat to the world," he said in a 2003 Web address. "So kick the hell out of 'em, George."
Scott was most recognizable by his mane of white hair and scruffy beard. He also never stuck to a conventional format for his show - he once wore glasses with eyes pasted on them and sometimes smoked on the show. On his Web site, he simply said about himself, "What you see is what you get."
Scott also was a philanthropist. He was involved with Rebuild LA, the Richard Pryor Burn Foundation and the Southwest Museum. In 2002, Scott gave $20,000 that helped save Museum in Black, which has some 5,000 items from the slave and civil rights eras, from eviction.
Born in Idaho in 1929, Scott later moved to Northern California and earned a doctorate in philosophies of education from Stanford University in 1957, according to his Web site. He was the author of more than 20 books and also was a painter.
Scott is survived by his wife, Melissa.
Services were pending.
That is a shame.
I loved that wild-eyed madman.
Last I heard, his cancer had flared up again and he was not being treated for it, by his choice.
RIP Dr. Gene, and thanks for the many years of "entertainment".
Some of the more comical moments was when he would wear shades and reading glasses, and two hats at the same time, puffin' on that big stogie.
I recall the "pyramid timetables" very well.
Sometimes he'd just play videos of himself riding his horses.
For years I never missed his show and then our cable co. "misplaced" him.
I found him again on an obscure channel at 6 in the a.m. Sundays about a year ago.
I was shocked [and saddened] by how thin he'd gotten.
He had a love for horses, even owned a stable of them. Some of the better moments was when he would show videotapes of the lovely women he surrounded himself with riding horses to such songs as The Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited".
I remember seeing him wearing a King's crown and cape. He was a hoot, as far as TV preachers go.
She never forgave me.
I loved his hat, his stogies, leather jackets and his style. At least he was honest when he said send me your money, I need more for my horses. Then he'd show clips of his daughter (I think) taking a horse through it's paces.
He hasn't been on here in Pittsburgh for years, and I miss him.
this is a tough week and it's only tuesday morning :(
You can still watch and listen to his sermons on line. He had an irreverent type of humor for an Evangelical preacher. I kind of liked that crusty old guy!
Dr. Gene Scott's Teaching Page
LINK to his program: http://play.rbn.com/?url=dolores/dolores/live/dolores.rm&proto=rtsp
ABC News promo: http://www.tvbn.com/rams/genedocumentary256k.ram
That he was...:)
Saw him years ago ...a true madman
If I recall correctly, he bred and showed and TN Walkers.
His wife is beautiful.
I'm awfully sad for her because she always looked at him with "those" kind of eyes....
Your wife didn't just love him?...LOL!
I'll grant ya, he was an "acquired taste"....;)
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