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Also Known As: Anthony D. L. Scott Died: August 19, 2012
Born: June 21, 1944 Cause of Death: Suicide (Blunt Force Injuries and Drowning)
Birth Place: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, GB Profession: director, executive, producer, painter

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Often dismissed by some as Ridley Scott's more commercial brother, director Tony Scott established himself in the mid-1980s as one of mainstream Hollywood's more reliable and stylish action filmmakers. Not necessarily an auteur, Scott built a solid reputation as a skilled hired gun for producers Jerry Bruckheimer and the late Don Simpson on several of the highest grossing films, starting with "Top Gun" (1986), a high-concept action movie that made a mega-star out of the film's lead, Tom Cruise. Though he struggled a bit afterwards with over-the-top exercises in style over substance like "Days of Thunder" (1990) and "The Last Boy Scout" (1991), Scott managed to score a cult-like triumph with the underrated "True Romance" (1993), penned by rising indie filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. After helming the commercially viable action thriller "Crimson Tide" (1995), he directed "Enemy of the State" (1998), a rich and compelling political thriller that many considered to be the best film in the Scott canon. As he focused more on producing quality television movies and miniseries like "The Gathering Storm" (HBO, 2002) and "The Company" (TNT, 2007), Scott continued making stylish commercial films that often varied...

Often dismissed by some as Ridley Scott's more commercial brother, director Tony Scott established himself in the mid-1980s as one of mainstream Hollywood's more reliable and stylish action filmmakers. Not necessarily an auteur, Scott built a solid reputation as a skilled hired gun for producers Jerry Bruckheimer and the late Don Simpson on several of the highest grossing films, starting with "Top Gun" (1986), a high-concept action movie that made a mega-star out of the film's lead, Tom Cruise. Though he struggled a bit afterwards with over-the-top exercises in style over substance like "Days of Thunder" (1990) and "The Last Boy Scout" (1991), Scott managed to score a cult-like triumph with the underrated "True Romance" (1993), penned by rising indie filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. After helming the commercially viable action thriller "Crimson Tide" (1995), he directed "Enemy of the State" (1998), a rich and compelling political thriller that many considered to be the best film in the Scott canon. As he focused more on producing quality television movies and miniseries like "The Gathering Storm" (HBO, 2002) and "The Company" (TNT, 2007), Scott continued making stylish commercial films that often varied in terms of creative success, though his tragic suicide in August 2012 cut short a brilliant career that always managed to maintain significant audience interest.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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  Unstoppable (2010)
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  Deja Vu (2006)
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  Domino (2005) Director
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  Man on Fire (2004) Director
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  Spy Game (2001) Director
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  Enemy of the State (1998) Director
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  Fan, The (1996) Director
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  Crimson Tide (1995) Director
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  True Romance (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 CITYSCRAPES los angeles (1996) Director A
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 Story Behind: Top Gun, The (2001) Interviewee
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 Hunger: An MTV Sneak Preview, The (1997) Interviewee
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 Boy and Bicycle (1965)
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Milestones close milestones

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Spent eight years in art school
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Worked as a painter for five years
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Began career as a partner in his brother's commercial production company, Ridley Scott Associates
1969:
Directed first short films "One of the Missing" (1969) and "Loving Memory" (1971) for the British Film Institute (credited as Anthony Scott)
1983:
Directed first feature "The Hunger"
1986:
Helmed blockbuster film "Top Gun"; first collaboration with Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson
1987:
Directed Eddie Murphy in hit comedy "Beverly Hills Cop II"; second collaboration with Bruckheimer and Simpson
1990:
Helmed successful auto racing drama "Days of Thunder"; re-teamed with Cruise, Bruckheimer, and Simpson
1990:
Made TV producing debut with "Christmas at the Movies," a syndicated holiday special hosted by Gene Kelly
1993:
Directed the Quentin Tarantino-penned script "True Romance"
1995:
Purchased (with Ridley) London's Shepperton Studios from Panavision subsidiary, Lee International
1995:
Directed Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington in thriller "Crimson Tide"; Tarantino did uncredited work on the script
1997:
Directed episode of the Showtime series "The Hunger," based on his film of the same name
1998:
Produced the dark comedy "Clay Pigeons"
1998:
Directed political thriller "Enemy of the State," starring Hackman and Will Smith
1999:
Produced the Emmy-nominated HBO drama "RKO 281" with brother Ridley
2000:
Served as one of the producers of the Paul Newman caper "Where the Money Is"
2000:
Executive produced the Showtime political drama "The Last Debate"
2001:
Helmed thriller "Spy Game," starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt
2002:
Executive produced Richard Loncraine's "The Gathering Storm"; starred Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave as Winston and Clemmie Churchill
2004:
Directed Denzel Washington as an assassin hired to protect Dakota Fanning in "Man on Fire"
2005:
Directed and produced "Domino," a film about Domino Harvey (Keira Knightley), model turned bounty hunter and daughter of actor Laurence Harvey
2005:
Co-produced (with brother Ridley Scott) the CBS series "Numb3rs"
2006:
Re-teamed with Denzel Washington to direct "Deja Vu"
2007:
Produced "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"; starred Brad Pitt as James and Casey Affleck as Ford
2009:
Again teamed with Washington for the remake of "The Taking of Pelham 123"; also co-starred John Travolta
2009:
Executive produced acclaimed CBS drama "The Good Wife"
2010:
Re-teamed with Washington as director of thriller "Unstoppable"
2012:
Produced sci-fi thriller "Prometheus," directed by brother Ridley Scott
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Education

University of Sunderland: -
Leeds College of Art and Design: - 1969
Royal College of Art: - 1972

Notes

There is an English actor named Tony Scott who appeared in Les Blair's "Number One/Street Wise" (1984); he is apparently not the filmmaker.

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.

"As a director of commercials, Tony Scott has won virtually every major award in the field, including Clios from the New York Advertising Association, Gold and Silver Lions from the Cannes International Television/Cinema Commercials Festival and London's prestigious Designers & Art Directors Awards, among others." --From press kit for "Revenge" (1990)

"When I first read "Top Gun", I was thinking of doing something much darker, like "Apocalypse Now" in the air. But Simpson and Bruckheimer kept saying, 'nah, fuck no--you're wrong, you're wrong.' and I was wrong and they were right. I wanted to make it much deeper, but it's not a deep story." --From "Where the Boys Are" by Michael Angeli, Movieline (Winter 1991).

". . . A director's time on earth with his work is very limited. Very few manage to maintain the quality of their work. It's the fatigue--lifelong fatigue brought on by the necessity to keep fighting the studios. It's mental as well as physical and I think what happens to directors is they finally grow tired with fighting the studios constantly. It just gets too damn hard and they lose the quality and the edge. I hope it doesn't happen to me, but it just might and I'm aware of it constantly." --From "Where the Boys Are" by Michael Angeli, Movieline (Winter 1991).

"I've always been a hired gun to the studios, always having to deal with other people's ideas. [With 'True Romance,'] I was one of the producers on the movie, and so I had total creative control--for the first time in seven movies I was going down one avenue, which was, creatively, my avenue. It's been the best experience of my life." Movieline, September, 1993.

"You see, I'm perceived as being very sweet, but people think there's something a little dangerous about me, and therefore they usually don't fuck with me." --Scott to Movieline, June 1996.

"I tried to persuade MGM to ditch 'The Hunger' altogether and do the Anne Rice book ['Interview With the Vampire'] instead. Nothing doing. So I took a lot of the mood from the book and just brought it to 'The Hunger'. Before that movie came out, the word on it was so great that I got first crack at 'Starman,' the hot script at the time. Nobody had seen one foot of 'The Hunger,' but I snagged this plum project. I kept talking to the studio executives about 'Starman' in terms of movies like 'The Man Who Fell to Earth,' 'The Road Warrior,' 'Vanishing Point,' which terrified them. Well, the studio guys saw 'The Hunger' on a Tuesday evening and all had a heart attack, they hated it so much. I came into the studio Wednesday morning and my name on my parking space was whited out and security made me park in the general parking lot." --Scott to Movieline, June, 1996.

"Climbing it was like doing major drugs for three days." --Scott on climbing the 3,500-foot sheer face of Yosemite's El Capitan, quoted in Variety's on Production, June, 1997.

"My father is a more cerebral and considered director, and my uncle is much more instinctive . . . Tony is also much more American. He directs from his guts. They're very helpful, but they leave me alone. They maintain a distance so their influence over me is only there if I need it. Tony has amazing energy and that had been influential with me. I actually spend more time with him than I do my Dad. We mountain-climb together." --director Jake Scott, Ridley Scott's son and Tony Scott's nephew, to Variety's on Production, June, 1997.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Glynis Sanders. Commercials producer. Divorced.
companion:
Brigitte Nielsen. Actor. Involved c. 1987.
wife:
Donna Wilson. Actor, model. Born c. 1964; married on November 24, 1994.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Jean Scott. Died in 2001.
brother:
Ridley Scott. Director. Born November 30, 1937.
niece:
Jordan Scott. Director.
nephew:
Jake Scott. Director. Directed "Plunkett and Macleane".
nephew:
Luke Scott. Director.
son:
Frank Scott. Born c. 2000; has a twin brother Max; mother is Donna Wilson.
son:
Max Scott. Born c. 2000; has a twin brother Frank; mother is Donna Wilson.
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