Tony Scott
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said.

The 68-year-old Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said. "I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time," Scott's spokesman, Simon Halls, said in a statement. Several people called 911 around 12:35 p.m. to report that someone had jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles Harbor, according to Los Angeles police Lt. Tim Nordquist.

A dive team with Los Angeles Port Police pulled the body from the murky water several hours later, Nordquist said. Scott's body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner's office.

One lane of the eastbound side of the bridge was closed to traffic during the investigation. Cargo vessels moved at reduced speeds through the east side of the port's main channel during the search, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.


Investigators found a note in Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge, according to the Los Angeles Times. That note listed contact information. A suicide note was later found at his office.

The British-born Scott, who lived in Beverly Hills, was producer and director Ridley Scott's younger brother. Distinct visual styles mark both siblings' films — Ridley Scott mastering the creation of entire worlds with such films as "Gladiator," "Blade Runner," "Alien" and this year's "Prometheus," Tony Scott known for hyper-kinetic action and editing on such films as his most recent, the runaway train thriller "Unstoppable," starring regular collaborator Denzel Washington.

Scott was a thrill-seeker himself in his personal life, an avid rock climber who also liked driving fast cars and motorcycles. Still, filmmaking was his real thrill.

"The biggest edge I live on is directing. That's the most scary, dangerous thing you can do in your life," Scott said in an interview for his 1995 naval adventure "Crimson Tide." ''The scariest thing in my life is the first morning of production on all my movies. It's the fear of failing, the loss of face and a sense of guilt that everybody puts their faith in you and not coming through." Tony was the first of the Scott brothers to enjoy blockbuster success with "Top Gun," starring Tom Cruise, the top-grossing film of 1986 at $176 million. Scott teamed with Cruise again four years later on the hit "Days of Thunder." He also had a sequel to "Top Gun" in development.

But Ridley Scott later managed more and bigger hits than his brother and earned a level of critical respect never achieved by Tony Scott. "Gladiator" won the best-picture Academy Award for 2000 and earned Ridley Scott one of his three best-director nominations; Tony Scott never was in the running for an Oscar, and critics often slammed his movies for emphasizing style over substance.

Even Scott admitted that it was a challenge to infuse drama into some of his scenarios — for example, cars racing in circles in "Days of Thunder." In an interview for that 1990 summer hit, Scott was blunt about where some of the ideas came from.

"I went back and I stole from all race movies to date," Scott said. "I took the better elements, then tried to build on them. Really, the speed, the energy and the placement of the audience inside some of the cars came in the editing room. ... "I'm always pushing for something new and fresh in the way things are shot, and the rest happens in the editing room. ... The real speed comes from the cutters and what they do with the celluloid."

While Ridley Scott had an auspicious start to his film career with 1977's acclaimed period drama "The Duellists" and 1979's "Alien," Tony Scott bombed with his debut, 1983's supernatural romance "The Hunger," with David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve.

He vaulted into Hollywood's top ranks the next time out, with "Top Gun," followed a year later by "Beverly Hills Cop II," both with producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

The two brothers ran Scott Free Productions and were working jointly on a film called "Killing Lincoln," based on the best seller by Bill O'Reilly. Along with countless commercials, their company produced the CBS dramas "NUMB3RS" and "The Good Wife" as well as a 2011 documentary about the Battle of Gettysburg for the History Channel.

Tony Scott said he gained perspective by mixing things up between film, TV and commercials. "I like changing the pace of my life, changing my discipline. It gives me ideas for how to see the world differently," Scott said in a 2007 interview. Besides "Unstoppable," Scott worked with Washington on four other movies: "Crimson Tide," ''Man on Fire," Deja Vu" and "The Taking of Pelham 123."

In a tweet Sunday, director Ron Howard said, "No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day."

Director Jon Favreau tweeted, "Such sad news about Tony Scott. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends."

Other Scott films include "True Romance," written by Quentin Tarantino, "The Fan," with Robert De Niro, and "Enemy of the State," starring Will Smith.

Scott was married to actress Donna Scott, who appeared in several of her husband's films. They have twin sons.

Completed in 1963, the 6,060-foot Vincent Thomas Bridge links rises 185 feet at its highest point above the Los Angeles Harbor. Many have taken their lives by jumping from the span.

The bridge has been used in many Hollywood productions, among them "Charlie's Angels," "Gone in 60 Seconds" and "The Fast and the Furious."

CHRISTOPHER WEBER,Associated Press


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Published by Boston Globe on Aug. 20, 2012.
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My condolences. I hope fond memories fill the hearts and minds of friends and family who knew him. WC Florida
August 19, 2017
I'm so sorry!!
Sima Bess
October 6, 2012
To the family of Scott I am very sorry to hear about your loss please take courage in revaluation 21:3,4
August 29, 2012
One of my absolute favorite directors. Will be missed
Jessica sweet
August 28, 2012
r i p
shelly lucas
August 28, 2012
I llight a candle for you...may your soul be at peace...
lopez
August 26, 2012
Sad to hear this. My prayers are with his family. A hugely talented man.
marla latinakova
August 26, 2012
May GOD be with the family during these hard times and always have faith that God make no mistakes. My prayers will be with you all.
Shirley Williams
August 25, 2012
I pray that family and friends find answers and peace.
Randall Toney
August 25, 2012
Peace Be With You and Your Family.
Ivy
August 24, 2012
It was my great honor to have worked for Tony and Ridley at RSA USA. I am so sad. Hopefully the loss of Tony will bring more attention to suicide ... help to those who suffer ... And help to survivors of suicide. Check out suicideology.org . I just lost my brother to suicide.
Michele Varon
August 24, 2012
Our thoughts and prayer's go out to you and your family.
Suzanne Russell
August 24, 2012
I cannot believe such a talent is no more. My favortes. I always made sure to look for the Scotts' movies, both on TV and theatres, for together they were the very best in entertainment. My blessings and prayers are with the Scott family.
Patricia Mattson
August 24, 2012
May Jesus be your light, May God take you home and the Holy Spirit dwell within your soul. Peace to your loved ones during this most difficult time. Thank you for sharing your talents Tony...
Maty D'Amico
August 24, 2012
Our hearts break for the Scott family who has to endure this most painful time. May the God of all comfort continue to provide the needed strength to survive the sorrow.
Debbie
August 23, 2012
May he b with His father
August 23, 2012
A blessing to the Scott Family and friends. Please find comfort in the wonderful memories you must have. He is at peace now, so we should all offer up a prayer in his name. God bless you.
The Ellington's
August 23, 2012
Bless your family and you will be surly missed by everyone......
peggie bell
August 23, 2012
God Bless the family, Our prayers are with you.
Anthony Casaundra
August 23, 2012
May God help Ur loving family through this most painful time Tony .... I pray Ur soul is finally at peace U will forever be remembered for ur amazing talent and the good times Ur wonderful movies brought us Thank U Tony !!!!!
Diana
August 23, 2012
One of my favorite films of all time being True Romance. Thank you for all of the greatness, Mr. Scott. You were pretty great yourself. Godspeed to you and to all of yours, Sir.
Karen McElwee
August 23, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the family. May the peace of God be with you and comfort you in this time.
Linda
August 23, 2012
May the great memories you have of this amazingly talented man bring you peace and comfort.
Sherry
August 23, 2012
Rip Tony, I am so sorry you were in so much pain you felt you had to leave, now it's your family who is left in pain. I will pray for them now. God Bless
Diana O'Connor
August 23, 2012
Such a sad ending to a wonderful career.. May the good Lord provide comfort to his family...
Rosy Santiago
August 22, 2012
Sad and tragic. No One knows what goes on inside of one's head. May the savior Jesus who carried our pains and sorrows to the cross support you all the day long until you see him again in the next life
Put your trust in the living savior now. Peace.
Ron case, rock hill sc
August 22, 2012
Mr Scott will be remembered for all the amazing entertainment he has given us.
I pray that God gives his family strength for their great loss.
Linda Sherman
August 22, 2012
A special effects genius. My sorrow for those close to him and his family.
August 22, 2012
My thoughts & prayers are with you all... Such a remarkable intelligent man!!! Much love & respect...
Krysti Jones
August 22, 2012
to the scott family im so sorry for your loss,its not how he diedbut how he made us laugh god rest your soul tony thank u.
chris cazzato
August 22, 2012
Thank you for your brilliant movies. Thoughts and prayers to your family.
Jenna Vancouver, BC
August 22, 2012
Cheryl
August 22, 2012
Peace to you mr. Tony. Wish you hadn't gone before your time.
S
August 21, 2012
You made great movies. May your soul be in peace. God bless you Tony Scott.
Jonathan K.
August 21, 2012
My sympathies to the family. From a fan.
Lorraine
August 21, 2012
You are loved forever
Michael Driscoll
August 21, 2012
So sorry to learn of Mr. Scott's passing. My deepest condolences to his family, especially, Ridley, his brother.
J Banks
August 21, 2012
Rest in peace.
Lily
August 21, 2012
Love.
Nobody ever dies.. its just a transition.. much pure love, light and healing to all of Tony Scotts loved ones, his family and friends.. and thank you Tony for all you are, for all you have shared and may you be in rest, in Love and peace..we are all connected.. we are infinite conciousness.. there is no seperation.. we are all comming home.
August 21, 2012
Love.
Paul Deckard
August 21, 2012
Such a great loss!! I helped train Tony's dog "T". Tony would have me come and sit in the living room, and just chat about life. What a kind man, he will be missed!! God rest his soul
Tami Bowers
August 21, 2012
Sharon Jaccaud
August 21, 2012
Nicki
August 21, 2012
May the eternal light shine upon him....
James Willner
August 21, 2012
R.I.P Mr Scott!!
Caroline De la Hoyde
August 21, 2012
To Mr. Scott's family,
My sincerest condolences. I lost a brother who took his life. It is a mystery that is difficult to ever unfold. Know that God takes only the best. Please find comfort in the fact that Mr. Scott is finally at peace.
Susan Miller
August 21, 2012
Our sincere condolences to his wife and sons. May you find comfort and strength from God's words when the time will be: no resident will say:“I am sick"
"He (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore The former things have passed away.”
L L R Family
August 21, 2012
My deepest condolences to the Scott family. May the God who gives peace be with you all.
ms
August 21, 2012
truly my best friend
greg bachman
August 21, 2012
rip
michelle plakas-kaiser
August 21, 2012
God please bless Tony Scott's family with peace, comfort and strength during their days of sorrow.

Rest in peace, Tony

Praying for the family at this time.

S of Alabama
August 21, 2012
Robin
August 20, 2012
To the family, I am so sorry for your loss. Tony made some great movies. May God comfort you through this sad, tragic time.
Sheryl R. Lamb-Davis
August 20, 2012
My sincere condolences to the family. My father also commited suicide and know the pain and confusion it can cause. May Mr. Scott Rest In Peace and God give your family comfort at this difficult time.
Sherry Johnson
August 20, 2012
I am so sad about the tragedy of Tony Scott. What a loss. He was fabulous..May God keep His family in His loving arms. Rest in Peace Tony Scott. You will be remembered.
Anne Pilgrim
August 20, 2012
Hope you have found peace, Tony
Sammie Carails
August 20, 2012
R.I.P.DEAR TONY !!
JOAN ABEL
August 20, 2012
Freddie Clark- Rhett
August 20, 2012
Tony Scott gone?? Nooooo! Chin sinks to chest and then tear with names of Tony, wife and sons suddenly falls and gently, silently rolls down cheek. An immeasurable loss ... a sad, sad day. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
Daphne Cherry
August 20, 2012
Peace and love to his family at this sad time. Godspeed Tony.
Sheila Smith
August 20, 2012
My Sincere Condolence Tony Scott and Family.Sincerely,Nestor Luis Rivera P.O Box 937 Norwalk CT 06852
Nestor Rivera
August 20, 2012
Mary Green
August 20, 2012
So heartbreaking. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I was only privileged to know him through his films, and I'll miss him terribly. How tragic this must be for them. R.I.P. Mr. Scott.
Jacquie Roland
August 20, 2012
So terribly sad. My condolences to Mr. Scott's family, friends and fans. Love and Peace to all.
Vicky
August 20, 2012
God will be with your family. Mr.Tony are with the angels now in final peace. So many will miss your work and You. I hope your family, friends, and your many fans find peace in your wonderful works. God be with you all during this terrible loss. Jesus will help u heal.
Carrie Rowland
August 20, 2012
Ton Scott is the Greatest Director on the
Top Gun is Rated #1
Grady Youngblood
August 20, 2012
Rest in peace Tony
Tom
August 20, 2012
The world will be missing you.. RIP! who would forget a movie like Top Gun! Let there be no more pain nor suffering... my deepest sympathy to Mrs Scott and his twin sons.
August 20, 2012
To The Scott Family: May God comfort you during this time of pain and sorrow. Mr. Scott was a brilliant man, who allowed us to go on his visionary journeys. Take heed that he is no longer in pain, but in a better place, resting in peace. Prayers and blessing for his family, friends and colleagues. He will be missed.
Garcia
August 20, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
lisa jarrell
August 20, 2012
Thank you, Tony you made the movies we loved possible. May God's light shine on you and your and your family. Gentle Jesus, meek and mild let you be God's newest Child.
Donna James
August 20, 2012
RIP
KAREN JABLONSKI
August 20, 2012
My condolences to the Scott family during this difficult time.-Ps.62:8
August 20, 2012
My condolences to the Scott family. May you all find comfort in Gods word.(1cor.15:21,22).
B O
August 20, 2012
Rip tony no more pain god bless his familey tony you were loved and will be missed. Thank u for your movies
janet allesxandro
August 20, 2012
I'm so sorry for your loss. God will truly comfort you through these difficult times. Psalms 46:1
August 20, 2012
So very sorry for your loss, he will be missed.
Renato Friello
August 20, 2012
Heartfelt sympathy to Tony's family....so sorry for the loss of your beloved Tony... God bless you all!
August 20, 2012
. My deepest sympathy to his family
Cheryl
August 20, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this sad time. You have brought much joy to us with the movies you created. May God hold you close and His angels surround your family.
beemer
August 20, 2012
I am so very sorry about your passing. With prayers and condolences to your family and friends.
ER
August 20, 2012
My deepest condolences to his wife, children, and other family members and friends. He was a gifted filmmaker who gave the world quite a number of inspired films. RIP, Tony Scott. You will be sorely missed.
A grieving fan in Munich, Germany
August 20, 2012
R.I.P. Prayers for your family.
August 20, 2012
Awe! Tony you brought us so much pleasure.I hope you know that so many will mourn you and miss you greatly..God bless you and your family,hope they will be strong...karen
karen walker
August 20, 2012
So sad that a brilliant director, husband, and father has died. My deepest sympathy to his family
Nancy
August 20, 2012
My sincere sympathy to the Scott family. May Tony rest with the angels now. He will continue to live on not only through his family but through his wonderful creative talents and the many hours of delight they have brought to all of us. God Bless.
Patricia Curry
August 20, 2012
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Scott Chamberland
August 20, 2012
R.I.P. Tony Scott, you will be missed. You made some "GREAT" Movies.
Patricia Ward
August 20, 2012
Tony, your movies were awesome. We'll never forget you.
David Mayo
August 20, 2012
great story teller, R.I.P
Eugenio Maldonado
August 20, 2012
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
August 20, 2012
bryant butler
August 20, 2012
Sorry for the lost of great man..
bryant butler
August 20, 2012
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