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The Suicide of Tony Scott

 

Famed director Tony Scott passed away at the age of 68 after committing suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge at 12:30PM on August 19th 2012.  Known for an acclaimed career as a director of many prominent and well-known Hollywood films, Scott leaves behind a wife, Donna, and two twin sons.  ABC News reported that Scott was rumored to be suffering from inoperable brain cancer, but that report proved erroneous.

Tony Scott was the youngest of three brothers born in North Shields, Northumberland, England, on June 21, 1944.  His older brother, Ridley, is an Oscar-winning filmmaker known for such films as Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator.  Tony expressed an early talent for art and painting and attended the School of Art at the University of Sunderland.  He later won a scholarship to study for his Masters of Fine Arts at the Royal College of Art. (IMDB.com)  Tony struggled in his career as a painter and later partnered with his brother and formed Ridley Scott Associates, filming commercials and advertising film segments for the company.

Tony built an impressive catalogue of films beginning in 1983 with the movie The Hunger, starring David Bowie and Susan Sarandon.  Though the film did not garner big box office numbers, Scott’s work did attract the attention of up-and-coming producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer.  This led to the three collaborating on the epic blockbuster, Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise and cementing Scott’s legacy in his ability to produce top box office numbers.  Scott collaborated with Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington on several other box office films, including Days of Thunder and Enemy of the State.  Tony would go to direct a plethora of other successful films that includes the following: (Wikipedia.com)

  • The Hunger (1983)
  • Top Gun (1986)
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
  • Revenge (1990)
  • Days of Thunder (1990)
  • The Last Boy Scout (1991)
  • True Romance (1993)
  • Crimson Tide (1995)
  • The Fan (1996)
  • Enemy of the State (1998)
  • Spy Game (2001)
  • Man on Fire (2004)
  • Domino (2005)
  • Déjà Vu (2006)
  • The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  • Unstoppable (2010)

Scott, known for his trademark red baseball cap and cigar-aficionado bravado, looked for thrills in all aspects of his life.  He was an avid rock climber and race car enthusiast whose passion for danger can be seen in many of his action-oriented films.  He was known for his flair for dramatic action scenes and rarely disappointed his audiences.  It was his commercial in which a Saab 37 raced a Viggen fighter jet that earned him the attention of producers Simpson and Bruckheimer, resulting in their Top Gun collaboration. (News.com)   “The biggest edge I live on is directing.  That’s the most scary, dangerous thing you do can in your life,” Scott said after finishing the high-action submarine thriller Crimson Tide in 1995.  He went on to say, “I like changing the pace of my life, changing my discipline.  It gives me the ideas for how to see the world differently.” (News.com)  Tony was very close with brother Ridley in both business and his personal life, and was a great admirer of his brother’s filmmaking skills.  The revolutionary blockbuster Blade Runner, directed by Ridley and released in 1982, was particularly influential on the younger Scott brother’s filmmaking style.

According to witnesses, Tony Scott parked his Prius on the Vincent Thomas Bridge at approximately 12:30 P.M. on August 19th before scaling an eight to ten foot fence and, without hesitation, jumped to his death to the waters below.  The LA County Coroner’s office is in the process of performing a full autopsy to help reveal the possible cause of his suicide.  Scott left behind suicide notes in both his Prius and personal office, the contents of which have not been released to the press.

Leaving behind an illustrious and storied filmmaking career, Tony Scott will be greatly missed as a successful and talented director with an impressive catalogue of films to his name.  As the progression and fact-finding into his death continues, we acknowledge the loss of a great Hollywood stalwart and his presence in the industry and his works will be greatly missed.

 

By Chase A.

 

     Sources:

  1. Shapiro, Rebecca.  “ABC News’ Tony Scott Report Erroneously States ‘Top Gun’ Director Had Inoperable Brain Cancer.”  The Huffington Post.  21 August 2012.  Web.  21 August 2012.
  2. “Scott, Tony.”  Internet Movie Database.  n.d.  Web.  20 August 2012.
“Scott, Tony.”  Wikipedia.  20 August 2012.  Web.  20 August 2012.

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