In Memoriam: Director Tony Scott (1944 - 2012) Obituaries

British-born action-film director and producer Tony Scott, 68, killed himself yesterday (August 19) by jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro into the Los Angeles Harbor. Scott—brother of and frequent collaborator with Ridley Scott—helmed such high-octane films as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and his most recent, 2010’s Unstoppable. He also produced numerous films and TV series, including, with Ridley, The Good Wife. “The true excitement comes from the actors,” Scott said of his fast-moving films in 2009, “that gives you the true drama – and whatever I can do with the camera, that’s icing on the cake.” Of Ridley, he added, “we’ve been in business for 45 years together, and when business is good in blood there’s nothing better . . . we’re right arm/left arm.” But, he noted jokingly, “If Ridley and I worked together on the set we’d kill each other.” — Eve Golden