Celebrity news for the week of May 17, 1996

By Chris Nashawaty
May 17, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Ailing The man who played Patton is under siege. Oscar-winning actor George C. Scott, 68, is suffering from an aortic aneurysm and, according to his spokeswoman, is undergoing tests at an undisclosed L.A. hospital. Scott checked in shortly after he was slapped with a sexual-harassment suit filed by his former personal assistant Julie Wright for a reported $3.1 million, but before he was scheduled to appear at a hearing in the case. (A judge declined to penalize Scott, due to his health.) The actor, who was nominated for a Tony award last week for his role in Inherit the Wind, has been replaced by Tony Randall in the Broadway revival. There was no word on when he would return to the show.

Arrested Martin Lawrence, 30, for possession of a concealed handgun, May 7, in Los Angeles. According to police, they found the Fox sitcom star at a Van Nuys intersection, yelling at passing cars and in possession of a pistol. Lawrence was later admitted to Cedars-Sinai, where, according to a hospital spokesman, his personal physician said ”he seems to be suffering from extreme exhaustion.”

ExpectingG Steven Seagal is Marked for…Birth. The 44-year-old action star is set to be Dad for a sixth time (besides having two children from an earlier marriage, he sired three kids with actress Kelly LeBrock, his estranged wife). The mother-to-be is Seagal and LeBrock’s former neighbor Arissa Wolfe. ”They presently have no plans to get married,” says Seagal’s spokeswoman.

Deaths Actor Jack Weston, 71, of lymphoma, May 3, in New York City. With his balding pate, portly stature, and wry sense of humor, the Cleveland native was tailor-made to play a hypochondriac in Alan Alda’s 1981 comedy, The Four Seasons (later a TV series starring Weston). He was also known for roles in such Broadway hits as Neil Simon’s California Suite and Woody Allen’s The Floating Lightbulb, which earned him a Tony nomination. ”If you want to know who Jack was, just watch The Four Seasons,” says costar Rita Moreno. ”That was him with all of his quirks and nuttiness.”…

Singer Patsy Montana, 81, of natural causes, May 3, at her home in San Jacinto, Calif. The yodeling cowgirl was a pioneer in an industry dominated by men; her 1935 hit, ”I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” became the first million-selling song by a female country musician….

Actor Lee Mathis, 44, of AIDS, May 1, in New York City. Mathis, who appeared in All That Jazz and Bugsy, most recently played the HIV-positive character Jon Hanley on ABC’s General Hospital. Soon after he was diagnosed in 1986, he drew national attention by placing an ad in Variety, pleading for work in order to remain eligible for health insurance. ”He brought more to the part of Jon Hanley than any other actor could have,” says GH exec producer Wendy Riche….

Writer-director Donald Cammell, 62, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, April 23, at his Hollywood Hills home. The erratic Scottish-born filmmaker, who made a splash with his 1970 countercultural debut, Performance, was said to be distraught over the editing of his last film, the direct-to-video Wild Side. ”He was a daring artist and dear friend,” says Nicolas Roeg, who codirected Performance. ”Making [Performance] was like a brilliant, exotic party, in large part because of Donald.”