Actor Paul Scofield died last week, and though he won his Oscar for 1966’s “A Man for All Seasons,” he’s probably best known to modern audiences from the 1994 drama “Quiz Show.”

Actor Paul Scofield died last week, and though he won his Oscar for 1966’s “A Man for All Seasons,” he’s probably best known to modern audiences from the 1994 drama “Quiz Show.”

As the college professor father of “Twenty-One” contestant Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), Scofield brought an intelligence and dignity to the role, and those are the qualities that fuel the entire film. Directed by Robert Redford and co-starring John Tuturro and Rob Morrow, “Quiz Show” focuses on the 1950s, when game show producers rigged their programs to make the competition more interesting. The movie slams everyone for cheating (including the young Van Doren), but also mourns the passing of a time when hard work and intelligence -- as opposed to shamelessness and scandal -- drew a huge TV audience.

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