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Tony Scott Passes

By News Desk     August 20, 2012
Source: CNN

Film director Tony Scott left notes in his car and office before plunging to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California, a Los Angeles County coroner official said Monday.

Scott, best known for the films "Top Gun" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," apparently committed suicide by jumping from the bridge about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, said Lt. Joe Bale of the coroner's office.
"There's nothing to indicate it is anything else at this time," Bale said.

A friend found a note from Scott, 68, in his Los Angeles office, apparently written for his family, Deputy Chief Coroner Ed Winter said. A note left in his car on the bridge including names and phone numbers for his family was probably intended for officials investigating his death, Winter said.

Scott: 'Fear of creative failure' 'Top Gun' director Tony Scott dies

The bridge spans Los Angeles Harbor, connecting San Pedro and Terminal Island.
A passerby who saw Scott jump from the bridge called 911, according to a statement released by the coroner's office late Sunday.

"The L.A. Port Police recovered the body from the water," the statement said.

Born Anthony D.L. Scott in North Shields, England, in 1944, Tony -- as he was known -- got his start as a teenager in front of the camera, starring in his older brother Ridley Scott's film "Boy and Bicycle." In 1995, the two joined forces to create the production company Scott Free Productions.
Simon Halls, a publicist who represents the Scott brothers, confirmed the death.

"The family asks for privacy during this time," Halls said.

Tony Scott became a household name in 1986 as director of the mega-hit "Top Gun," starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. He followed that up with the Eddie Murphy action movie "Beverly Hills Cop II" in 1987.

Pepperdine University film professor Craig Detweiler called Scott "the supreme stylist" who "operated at the top of his game throughout each decade of his career."

"He was able to make the thinnest of premises into something pulse-pounding and exciting and he's almost a filmmaker as a magician who found drama amidst almost contrived situations," Detweiler said.

Taking his own life by jumping from a bridge is "a high adrenaline ending, which matches his dramatic style," he said.

"He put Denzel Washington, Will Smith and Tom Cruise in movies where one man overcomes all struggles, triumphs over struggles, and yet it appears he was not able to write that story for himself," he said.

Actor Michael Rapaport, who was directed by Scott in "True Romance," took to Twitter to praise the director. In one post, he said there hasn't been a day since the movie was released in 1993 that someone doesn't tell him how much they loved the film.

"Tony Scott was a sweet enthusiastic & lovin man," Rapaport wrote.

Scott cemented his reputation for big-budget action films with 1990's "Revenge" starring Kevin Costner and "Days of Thunder" with Tom Cruise. In 1998, he directed "Enemy of the State" with Will Smith and Gene Hackman.

It was on the set of "Days of Thunder" where Scott met actress Donna Wilson, whom he married in 1994. They had twin sons.

Reaction to Scott's death poured out through Twitter, with directors, actors and fans mourning the news.

"Tony Scott as a friend and a mentor was irreplaceable. Tone, wherever you are, I love you man. RIP," director and producer Joe Carnahan said on Twitter.

Carnahan recounted how when his movie "The Grey" was finished, Scott called to tell him he had seen it. He told Carnahan it was great and not to allow anybody to change anything in it.
"Tony always sent personal, handwritten notes & always drew a cartoon caricature of himself, smoking a cigar, with his hat colored in red," Carnahan said in a post.

Director and actor Adam Shankman said his heart stopped when he heard of the "tragic death" of one of "(our) most inspiring directors, Tony Scott." "Rest in Peace Tony. U will be missed so...," he wrote in a post on Twitter.

Director Ron Howard said simply, via Twitter: "Tragic day."

Scott directed his last film, the train thriller "Unstoppable" starring Denzel Washington, in 2010.
"For me, it was the most challenging movie of my life, and the most dangerous because I'm shooting 90 percent of the movie on a train that is running between 50 and 70 mph," Scott told CNN at the time.

Scott's reputation in Hollywood was low-key.

"He wasn't a showy kind of guy," longtime entertainment reporter Jeanne Wolf told CNN.
Scott was often seen sporting a frayed, faded red ball cap on the movie sets and at red carpet premieres.

The ball cap, Wolf said, was his trademark.

While Scott's movies garnered box office success, they never received the acclaim that generated Academy Award nominations.

In 2002, the Scott brothers won an Emmy for the television movie "The Gathering Storm."
Scott also was nominated for the Emmy as a producer for the CBS drama "The Good Wife."
"So very, very sorry to hear of the death of Tony Scott," actress Martha Plimpton, who appeared in "The Good Wife," said via Twitter.

Among his last projects was serving as an executive producer on the TV miniseries "Coma," which is due to air this year.

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RobertTrate 8/20/2012 11:45:43 AM

 Thank for the emails Maniacs. We too are sad to learn of Scott's death. 

monkeyfoot 8/20/2012 12:03:48 PM

I happened to talk to a co-worker earlier today and he said he had worked with Scott. He and his brother also made commericals under another production company (The Mountain Dew commercial currently on air with Mark Cuban was directed by Tony Scott). He said their company was expensive to use for making spots but they did excellent work. He said Scott was always cheery and very, very smart.

I don't know what brought him to the place he was at. Was it the rumored inoperable brain tumor? I don't know. Whatever it was I haven't walked in his shoes so I personally can't say if it was right or wrong. I know the hurt  in his family and friends must be pretty bad, especially if he gave no hint on what he planned. They have all the sympathy I can muster.

The rest of us have a host of iconic movies and scenes to enjoy and run through our heads over and over again.

Mossy1221 8/20/2012 12:33:19 PM

 It is tragic for his friends, family and fans. However, I have no sympothy for suicide. (And I have my reasons,) 

jedibanner 8/20/2012 12:40:26 PM

Well Mossy, right now might not be the time for your ''no sympathy for suicide'' rant.

We've all been through experiences which involves suicide and at this point, it's just not the right time.

R.I.P. Mr. Scott, your work and dedication to all that you have done in the entertainment industry will never be forgotten.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 8/20/2012 12:41:14 PM

Man, I didn't realize how old Ridley and Tony were.  Looking at their usually high octane movies one would have never guessed they have lived over the better part of a century.  When I heard Tony was 68 I figured he was the oldest.  Rest in Peace Tony Scott.

And while I see suicide as a bad way to go I can understand what can get in your head and heart to make you contemplate it. Especially if it's someting like an inoperable brain tumor as rumored. I wouldn't want to live through that.  Sorry.

DarthoftheDead 8/20/2012 1:03:10 PM

 R.I.P. Solider...you've earned it.........

Chopsaki 8/20/2012 1:23:44 PM

R.I.P.

hanso 8/20/2012 1:36:44 PM

 Sucks about his brain tumor if true.  Hopefully he gave his fam notice.  Anyways, if the dude was gonna go then he should've gone David Carridine style man, that way he would've enjoyed it more.  

Last Boy Scout is an underrated flick of his.  Gonna see if its on Netflix Instant and watch it for a bit in his honor.

RIP Scott.

Mythos 8/20/2012 1:51:54 PM

i'm gonna go to the movies this weekend and watch ted in his honor cause he committed suicide and i'm not idolizing someone who probably cost his family a lot of heartache. and darth he is not a soldier if he was he would have driven on regardless of what adversity he faced like a soldier does. so maybe and cut thats a wrap director go relax its end up production is more apropriate then rest soldier he's earned it.

shac2846 8/20/2012 2:10:51 PM

 I plan on doing a tony scott marathon this week. I was never a huge fan but he did try and mix it up with his projects and he had directed some of the best action sequences. I saw Crimson Tide in theatres and enjoyed the hell out of that. I haven't yet seen unstoppable so I'll probably start with that. 

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