Whatever happened to Randolph Scott, riding the trail alone.

Whatever happened to Gen and Tex and Roy and Rex, the Durango kid:

Whatever happened to Randolph Scott has happened to the best of me:

Everybody's trying to make a comment about our doubts and fears.

True Grit's the only movie I've really understood in years.

You gotta take your analyst along to see if it's fit to see.

Whatever happened to Randolph Scott has happened to the industry.

From "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?" Copyright (c) 1973.

American Cowboy Music - BMI by Don and Harold Reid

If the Statler Brothers, who made the song famous and bothered to look, they might have found the durable (he's 80) and wealthy (worth something between $50 million and $100 milliom) cowboy star in his Hollywood Boulevard office supervising his holdings in real estate, gas, oil wells and securities.

"On weekends," he advised cheerfully, "you can find me puttering around my garden in my Beverly Hills home."

Scott himself gave his age as 80 although the Biographical Dictionary of Film lists his birth date as 1903.

Born Randolph Crane in Glen. Va., Scott was always known in Hollywood as "the gentleman from Virginia."

When his first marriage (to heiress Marianna Somerville Dupont) ended in divorce, cott moved in to "batch" it with his still-close friend Cary Grant.

He married actress Pat Stillman in 1944 and the couple adopted two children.

Scott was always athletic - he says he still shoots "under my age" when he plays golf twice a week or so - and with his rangy 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame, he made the perfect cowboy.

He was in Hollywood for his health in 1929 and met a young fellow named Howard Hughes on the golf course. Hughes got him into his first movie, a silent one called "Far Call."

He made more than 100 movies during his career that spanned 33 years, including 39 "big-budget" westerns. For four successive year, 1950 to 1955, he was among the 10 top box-office stars.

Actor Lee Marvin once recounted a typical Scott-on-the-set story:

"There was a flaming stagecoach in one scene, racing along while the cameras rolled in the driver's seat. Holding the reins sat the stunt man while 20 yards away, sitting in a canvas chair, sat Scott, all dressed in his cowboy outfit, with legs crossed, reading the Wall Street Journal."

When cott left show biz, he said, "I retired, but I was not going to relax so I got off my fanny and got busy.

"My family is the most important thing to me right now. I'm glad to see the children have strong interests in their work."

(Christopher is a graduate student in oceanography at USC and daughter Sandra, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, works in public broadcasting.)

Scott says his health is perfect and makes sure by checking in annually at the Mayo Clinic. "They have been good to me,' he notes, then adds: "The Lord has blessed me with a good life."