Post by Mike Spadoni on Aug 20, 2012 13:59:13 GMT 1
Director Tony Scott, who helmed such audience favorites as “Top Gun,” ‘’Days of Thunder” and “Beverly Hills Cop II,” has died after apparently jumping from a bridge in the Los Angeles area. A spokesman for the 68-year-old Scott's family confirmed he passed away August 19th. Police Lieutenant Tim Nordquist says Scott's body was pulled from the waters of the Los Angeles Harbor, several hours after people reported someone had jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge that spans the harbor. The "Los Angeles Times" reports a note was found in Scott's Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge. A suicide note was later found in his office. The brother of fellow director Ridley Scott, the British-born Tony Scott had several misfires at the box office before scoring with "Top Gun" in 1986. His string of hits, which were mostly high-action films, also included "Unstoppable," “Crimson Tide,” ‘’Man on Fire,” Deja Vu” and “The Taking of Pelham 123," all of whom starred Denzel Washington. But Tony Scott never achieved the critical acclaim of his brother. Ridley Scott won the Oscar in 2000 for directing "Gladiator;l" Tony Scott was never nominated for an Academy Award. That didn't seem to hurt the siblings in a joint business venture; their Scott Free Productions currently produces the CBS drama "The Good Wife," and work was underway on a film based on conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly's best-seller "Killing Lincoln." Tony Scott is survived by actress Donna Scott, and their twin sons.
"Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some."--Alfred Hitchcock