Some very tragic news to report this morning as British director, Tony Scott has died at the age of 68 in Los Angeles.
The LA County Coroner’s Office has said that Scott jumped from a bridge over the LA Harbour. In more detail, according to reports, Scott parked his car on the Vincent Thomas Bridge and jumped into the water below him. The body was then recovered and identified as being the filmmaker himself and younger brother of the better known movie director, Ridley Scott. A note was also found in his car which they are now treating as a suicide note.
Scott, best known for his work behind the camera in his signature faded red baseball cap, was not only known for his work with older brother Ridley Scott like the most recently acclaimed Prometheus, but he had also made a name for himself in the directing world working a lot with Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington. Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Days of Thunder, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire, Domino, Déjà vu, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and Unstoppable are just a few of his more well known titles.
As a filmmaker, he also produced quite a few well known flicks, spanning from the 1980’s, including some of those mentioned above, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with Brad Pitt, The A-Team and The Grey with Liam Neeson. He also produced a few TV series including The Good Wife.
Other projects Scott had been working on were the sequel to 1986’s Top Gun, Top Gun 2, with reports that Tom Cruise would reprise the role of Maverick and Killing Lincoln, a 2 hour feature based on the best selling novel by Bill O’Reilly, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever, which is due to be released in the early part of 2013.
Born in North Shields, Northumberland, Scott is survived by his third wife, actress Donna Scott who he has twin sons with. He will be remembered as the man who brought action to our screens.