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Also Known As: Sir Ridley Scott Died:
Born: November 30, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: South Shields, England, GB Profession: producer, director

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One of the more respected and prolific filmmakers in modern cinema, director-producer Ridley Scott amassed a portfolio containing some of the most critically and commercially successful movies of all time. Emerging from the world of television commercial production, Scott was nearly 40 years old by the time he helmed his first feature "The Duellists" (1977). Its lackluster reception left audiences ill-prepared for the massive impact that came next with the classic science-fiction/horror film "Alien" (1979). Although a commercial disaster at the time, "Blade Runner" (1982) would later be regarded as one of the most influential sci-fi movies ever made, while Scott's on-set behavior during production earned him a lasting reputation as an exceptionally stubborn and difficult director. The years that followed were marked by the ebb and flow of disappointment and triumph, as illustrated by efforts like "Legend" (1985), "Thelma & Louise" (1991), "White Squall" (1996) and "Gladiator" (2000). Remarkably, Scott moved into the next millennium with an even steadier output of work that included such highlights as "Black Hawk Down" (2001), "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005), "American Gangster" (2007) and "Robin Hood"...

One of the more respected and prolific filmmakers in modern cinema, director-producer Ridley Scott amassed a portfolio containing some of the most critically and commercially successful movies of all time. Emerging from the world of television commercial production, Scott was nearly 40 years old by the time he helmed his first feature "The Duellists" (1977). Its lackluster reception left audiences ill-prepared for the massive impact that came next with the classic science-fiction/horror film "Alien" (1979). Although a commercial disaster at the time, "Blade Runner" (1982) would later be regarded as one of the most influential sci-fi movies ever made, while Scott's on-set behavior during production earned him a lasting reputation as an exceptionally stubborn and difficult director. The years that followed were marked by the ebb and flow of disappointment and triumph, as illustrated by efforts like "Legend" (1985), "Thelma & Louise" (1991), "White Squall" (1996) and "Gladiator" (2000). Remarkably, Scott moved into the next millennium with an even steadier output of work that included such highlights as "Black Hawk Down" (2001), "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005), "American Gangster" (2007) and "Robin Hood" (2010). Having settled into a more efficient and actor-friendly style of filmmaking during the second half of his career, Scott enjoyed the luxury of tackling themes of personal interest on film projects endowed with budgets less-proven directors could only dream of.

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  Prometheus (2012)
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  Robin Hood (2010)
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  Kingdom of Heaven (2005) Director

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 Murder By Numbers (2002) Interviewee
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 Jeff Bridges: Building Bridges (2002) Interviewee
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 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills (2001) Interviewee
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 AFI Awards 2001 (2001)
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 Hometown Heroes (1998) Interviewee
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 Hunger: An MTV Sneak Preview, The (1997) Interviewee
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1962:
Directed his first short film "Boy and Bicycle" (released 1965), shot during attendance at Royal College of Art; starred brother Tony and their father
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Spent one year in the U.S. on scholarship from Royal College of Art; worked at Time-Life, Inc. with Richard Leacock and D. A. Pennebaker
1963:
Joined BBC television as a production designer; later promoted to director
1965:
Directed episodes of popular crime docudrama series "Z Cars" (BBC)
1968:
With brother Tony, co-founded Ridley Scott Associates, a commercial production house; served as managing director
1977:
Feature directorial debut, the period drama "The Duellists"
1979:
Directed the stylish and thrilling sci-fi actioner "Alien"
1982:
Helmed first American feature, the sci-fi themed "Blade Runner"; dismissed by audiences at the time, but has since become something of a minor genre classic
1985:
Stumbled with the fantasy "Legend," starring Tom Cruise; film was critical and box-office disappointment
1987:
Executive produced "Someone to Watch Over Me," a rather conventional but visually stylish romantic thriller; also directed
1989:
Helmed the intriguing thriller "Black Rain" about two NYC cops who must escort members of the Yakuza back to Japan
1991:
Produced and directed the acclaimed and controversial "Thelma & Louise"; earned Best Director Oscar nomination
1992:
Helmed "1492: The Conquest of Paradise," starring Gerard Depardieu as Christopher Columbus
1994:
Served as producer only in "Monkey Trouble" and the remake of "The Browning Version," helmed by Mike Figgis
1995:
Formed (with brother Tony) the film and television production company Scott Free Productions in Los Angeles, CA
1995:
With brother Tony, purchased London's Shepperton Studios from Panavision subsidiary Lee International
1996:
Executive produced and directed "White Squall," a fact-based tale of a prep school aboard a brigantine
1997:
Directed Demi Moore in "G.I. Jane"
1998:
Co-produced "Clay Pigeons," helmed by David Dobkin
1999:
Served as excutive producer of the acclaimed HBO original movie "RKO 281," about the making of 1941 classic "Citizen Kane"
2000:
Produced "Where the Money Is," a modest caper film enlivened by the casting of Paul Newman and Linda Fiorentino
2000:
Directed the box-office smash "Gladiator," a drama set in ancient Rome starring Russell Crowe; film received 12 Oscar nominations, including one for Best Director
2001:
Helmed "Hannibal," the long-awaited sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs"
2001:
Directed the fact-based drama "Black Hawk Down" about the 1993 U.S. raid on Somalia; earned a Best Director Academy Award nomination
2003:
Directed Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell in "Matchstick Men"
2005:
Directed Orlando Bloom in "Kingdom of Heaven," about the 12th Century Crusades
2006:
Once again directed actor Russell Crowe in the romantic drama "A Good Year"
2007:
Helmed "American Gangster," starring Denzel Washington and Crowe; film based on "The Return of Superfly," a <i>New York</i> magazine story by Mark Jacobson about the rise and fall of the 1970s heroin kingpin Frank Lucas; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director
2008:
Once again teamed with Crowe for the film adaptation of "Body of Lies"
2010:
Helmed an adaptation of "Robin Hood," starring Crowe as the legendary outlaw and Cate Blanchett as Lady Marian
2010:
Co-produced with brother Tony, the film adaptation of the 1980s TV cult classic "The A-Team"
2010:
Executive produced the Starz miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth"
2012:
Returned to sci-fi roots as director and producer of "Prometheus," starring Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, and Michael Fassbender
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Education

West Hartlepool College of Art: -
Royal College of Art: - 1960 - 1962

Notes

Scott chairs a production company with his brother Tony called Scott Free.

Scott's commercial work has been recognized at Cannes, Venice and by the New York Art Directors' Club.

Since the 1990s, Ridley Scott has enjoyed a secondary career as a producer of such efforts as the 1994 remake of "The Browning Version", "Clay Pigeons" (1998), the acclaimed HBO drama "RKO 281" (1999) and the Paul Newman vehicle "Where the Money Is" (2000).

In 2002, the Scott brothers along with Michael Grade announced plans to construct a state-of-the-art "megastudio" in Toronto. According to the announced plans, construction would begin in March 2003 with an anticipated opening in spring 2004.

"... I've never had a problem with strong females. I'm still very much involved in advertising. I've got two companies, and over the past years, the best guys got the jobs of running them--and they both happened to be female. I just seem to find females in general carry intuition that's more accurate than men's. ... I've never really had a problem dealing with and losing arguments to women. o in regards to dealing with the roles they play in my films, it's always been fun really--enjoyable." --Ridley Scott quoted in BuzzWeekly, August 22-28, 1997.

"I'm so heavily oriented visually that the way I make films is second nature to me. In preparing a film a lot of directors delegate, in terms of the visual side of things, leave it to other people, and concentrate on the actors and the script; I like to concentrate on everything. I do all my own location hunting; for "G.I. Jane" I must have seen over 30 military camps and operational bases, and I find that kind of thing absolutely invaluable. Not only do you see everything, you meet people, officers, soldiers in the ranks. It's all an educational process, and that's essential." --Ridley Scott quoted in the London Times, November 8, 1997.

"I'm only competitive with myself." --Scott quoted in the London Times, November 8, 1997.

"Most people never tell you the truth. I'll show [brother] Tony a cut of my film, even before the studio sees it. Or vice versa. And then he'll give me 30 pages of notes. But it's always good to be able to bounce things off someone." --Scott to the London Times, November 8, 1997.

On his interest in the military, Scott told Empire (December 1997): "I am interested in that arena. It's pretty sick, I suppose, because in the end they are killers. But they serve their purpose, and there are arguments for and against. But there is war. There's an argument for the presence of real power; the fact that there has been no third world war. Others will argue that that's just a matter of time. But I think not. I think there is an argument for a deterrent."

"What I do is create worlds. Whether it's historical or futuristic, creating a world is the most attractive thing to me about filmmaking because everything goes--it's a matter of drawing up your own rule book and sticking to it." --Ridley Scott to Los Angeles Times Calendar, April 23, 2000.

"Over the years, I've learned to pay attention to material to the extent that I now understand that story and characters are the most important thing in any movie. The audience must identify with someone in a film and go on a journey with them. That's called escapism. I don't care if it's the stupidest mainstream movie or a really smart movie--it's got to communicate." --Ridley Scott quoted in Los Angeles Times Calendar, April 23, 2000.

On the revised impression of "Blade Runner", now thought to be one of the 1970s most influential films, Scott told Stephen Rebello of Movieline (May 2000): "Revenge isn't really sweet when it comes too many years later. As you mature, you realize all the more that the key audience member you must make truly happy is yourself. I'm always sufficiently pragmatic now by the end of the of a film to sit back, stare at it and go, 'That works' or 'Not a bad patch-up, despite a few errors here and there.' Beyond that, you need luck in everything. Why do people got for a film in a huge way when you look at it and go, 'Well, it's OK but it doesn't warrant a giant reaction.' Certain movies just color people's imaginations and you can't predict that."

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wife:
Donna Scott. Divorced.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Jean Scott. Died in 2001.
brother:
Tony Scott. Director. Born on June 21, 1944.
daughter:
Jordan Scott. Director.
son:
Jake Scott. Director. Born c. 1965.
son:
Luke Scott. Director. Born c. 1968.
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