Top Gun Director Tony Scott Dead at 68

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Tony Scott photoFilm director and long-time Denzel Washington collaborator Tony Scott died Sunday at the age of 68 in an apparent suicide. The British-born Scott, who lived in Beverly Hills, was the younger brother of legendary Alien and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott.

Tony Scott’s body was found after an apparent jump from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. A dive team with Los Angeles Port Police pulled the body from the murky water several hours later, according to Los Angeles police. Scott’s body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner’s office.

Tony Scott was one of the most successful (and imitated) action directors in Hollywood history. Scott directed the 1986 blockbuster Top Gun, which made actor Tom Cruise a bona fide movie star. The filmmaker went on to direct the action hits: Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Days of Thunder (1990), Enemy of the State (1998) and cult favorites The Last Boy Scout (1991) and True Romance (1993), written by Quentin Tarantino.

Scott directed five films starring Denzel Washington: Crimson Tide (1995), Man on Fire (2004), Deja Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) and Unstoppable (2010). Scott’s 2004 to 2010 endeavors with Washington explored a much darker and grittier tone, a stark contrast to his previous films.

The Scott brothers ran Scott Free Productions and were working jointly on several projects including a sequel to Top Gun and Blade Runner 2. Their company produced the CBS dramas NUMB3RS and The Good Wife. Source: AP & THR

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