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|Born||Anthony David Scott
June 21, 1944
North Shields, England
|Died||August 19, 2012 (aged 68)
San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Other names||Anthony Scott
The Scott brothers
|Occupation||Film director, producer|
|Spouse||Gerry Scott (1967–1974)
Glynis Sanders (1986–1987)
Donna W. Scott (1994–2012)
|Family||Ridley Scott (brother)|
Anthony David “Tony” Scott (June 21, 1944 – August 19, 2012)was an English film director. His films include The Hunger, Top Gun,Beverly Hills Cop II, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, Man on Fire, Déjà Vu, The Taking of Pelham 123 and Unstoppable. He was the younger brother of fellow film director Ridley Scott. Scott’s films were generally box office successes, though he was never nominated for an Academy Award and received little critical praise.
Scott was born in North Shields, the youngest of three sons born of Elizabeth and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. At the age of 16, Tony appeared in Boy and Bicycle, a short film marking the directorial debut of his then 23 year-old brother Ridley. He followed in his elder brother’s footsteps, studying at Grangefield School, West Hartlepool College of Art and Sunderland Art School, the last for a fine arts degree. He subsequently graduated from the Royal College of Art, fully intending to become a painter. It was only the success of his elder brother’s fledging television commercial production outfit, Ridley Scott Associates (RSA), that turned his attentions towards film.
Tony had wanted to do documentaries at first. I told him, “Don’t go to the BBC, come to me first.” I knew that he had a fondness for cars, so I told him, “Come work with me and within a year you’ll have a Ferrari.” And he did.
In the course of the next two decades, Scott directed thousands of television commercials for RSA, while also overseeing the company’s operation during periods in which his brother was developing his feature film career. Tony also took time out in 1975 to direct an adaptation of the Henry James story The Author of Beltraffio for French television, a project he landed by virtue of winning a coin-flip against his brother. After the considerable feature film successes of fellow British commercial directors Hugh Hudson, Alan Parker, Adrian Lyne and his elder brother in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Scott was beginning to receive overtures from Hollywood himself in 1980, but in the same year his elder brother Frank died of cancer.
Scott persisted in trying to embark on a feature film career. Among the projects interesting to him was an adaptation of the Anne Rice novel Interview with the Vampire then in development. MGM was already developing the vampire film The Hunger, for which they brought Scott on in 1982. The Hunger starred David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve and introduced Willem Dafoe in a small role. The Hunger had elaborate photography and sumptuous production design, but it failed to find an audience, received harsh reviews by critics, and had disappointing box office sales (though it later became a cult favourite). Finding himself largely unemployable in Hollywood for the next two and a half years, Scott returned to commercials and music videos.
In 1985, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer approached Scott to direct Top Gun on the strength of The Hunger, as well as a commercial he had done for Swedish automaker Saab in the early 1980s: in the spot, a Saab 900 turbo is shown racing a Saab 37 Viggen fighter jet. Scott, though reluctant at first, agreed to direct Top Gun. Though the film received mixed critical review, it became one of the highest-grossing films of 1986, taking in more than US$176 million, and making a star of its young lead, Tom Cruise.
Following Top Gun’s success, Scott found himself on Hollywood’s A list of action directors. He reteamed with Simpson and Bruckheimer in 1987 to direct Eddie Murphy and Brigitte Nielsen in the highly anticipated sequelBeverly Hills Cop II. While not being critically embraced, the picture nevertheless became one of the year’s highest grossers.
His next film, Revenge (1990), a thriller of adultery and revenge set in Mexico, starred Kevin Costner, Madeleine Stowe and Anthony Quinn. Once again directing Tom Cruise, Scott returned to the Simpson-Bruckheimer fold to helm the big-budget racing film Days of Thunder (1990). Scott later stated that it was difficult find the drama in racing cars in circles, so he “stole from all race movies to date … then tried to build on them.” Scott’s next film was the action thriller The Last Boy Scout (1991).
Made for $13 million in 1993, Scott directed True Romance from a script by Quentin Tarantino andRoger Avary. The cast included Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Tom Sizemore, Chris Penn, Val Kilmer and in bit roles, James Gandolfini and Samuel L. Jackson. The movie received positive reviews from Janet Maslin and other critics, but took in less than $13 million and was considered a box office failure.
Scott’s next film, Crimson Tide (1995), was a submarine thriller starring Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington. His follow-up film, 1996’s The Fan, starred Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin and Benicio del Toro. Scott’s 1998 film Enemy of the State, a conspiracy thriller, starred Will Smith and Gene Hackman, and was his highest-grossing film of the decade.
Spy Game was released during the Thanksgiving holiday of 2001. It garnered 63% positive reviews at Metacritic and made a little over 60 million dollars at the U.S. box office. Man on Fire was released in April 2004 and made over 75 million dollars at the U.S. box office.
Scott once again teamed up with Denzel Washington on The Taking of Pelham 123, which also starred John Travoltaand was released in theaters on June 12, 2009. The film was a remake of the 1974 film of the same title starringWalter Matthau and Robert Shaw. 2009 also saw the debut of The Good Wife, a legal drama television series which had Scott and his brother as two of several executive producers.
In 2010, the Scott brothers produced the feature film adaptation of the television series The A-Team. Scott’s film,Unstoppable, again starring Washington (with Chris Pine), was released in November 2010.
On August 19, 2012, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Scott committed suicide by leaping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedro port district of Los Angeles, California. Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department’s harbor division found contact information in his car, which was parked near the bridge, and a suicide note in his office.Witnesses said he did not hesitate before jumping. His body was taken from the water by the Los Angeles Port Authority.
- 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)
- The Hunger (1 episode in 1997 and 1 in 1999)
- AFP: American Fighter Pilot, Executive producer (2002)
- Numb3rs, Executive producer (2009 to 2010)
- The Good Wife, Executive producer (2009–2012)
- Gettysburg, Executive producer (2011)
- Labyrinth, Executive producer (2012)
- DIM Underwear (1979)
- Player, Achievements and Big Bang for Barclays Bank (2000)
- Telecom Italia (2000) (Starring Marlon Brando and Woody Allen)
- Ice Soldier for US Army (2002)
- One Man, One Land for Marlboro (2003)
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