RIP Tony Scott

By TNB A&C

Movies

News came late Sunday that British-born director Tony Scott has died after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles County. Authorities discovered notes with contact information in his car parked nearby and a suicide letter in his office.

From The Wrap:

Born June 21, 1944, Tony followed in the footsteps of his older brother, the director of “Alien,” “Blade Runner” and “Gladiator,” among other films.

Tony Scott’s first feature film was the 1983 vampire drama “The Hunger,” which he shot after years as a commercial director. “Top Gun,” released in 1986, was the first of many emotional, adrenaline-filled hits, including “Days of Thunder,” “The Last Boy Scout” and “Crimson Tide.”

Scott also directed “True Romance,” one of the first screenplays of Quentin Tarantino to be made into a movie.

Scott is survived by his wife, Donna Scott, and their two children.

TAGS: , , , ,

TNB's ARTS & CULTURE section features essays, reviews, and interviews in the world of film, television, visual, comedy, and theater arts. Cynthia Hawkins serves as our Arts & Culture Editor.

4 responses to “RIP Tony Scott”

  1. Shelley says:

    It always makes me sad when artists can’t be saved by their art.

    • D.R. Haney says:

      Sadly, Shelley, I don’t know that art can ever save an artist, or anyone else, from inoperable brain cancer.

      • James D. Irwin says:

        I just read that it was inoperable brain cancer.

        I’m strangely glad about that— not that Tony Scott had brain cancer. Obviously the ideal situation would have been no cancer, no suicide, more life, more films. I am in no way glad that Tony Scott is dead, and I am in fact greatly saddened by the fact.

        What I mean is I’m glad it wasn’t… last year a football hanged himself. He had always been immensely popular, and successful, he had a wife and kids and had just started an impressive career as a coach. But there was decades of depression and unhappiness that he kept to himself until he couldn’t take it and killed himself… I’m glad it wasn’t that… that Tony Scott’s life had been one of general health and happiness for the most part.

        Of course it is awful that that health and happiness was so quickly and cruelly snatched away. An absolute tragedy.

  2. […] he gave me between all those damn walls he spent a lifetime climbing.  Cutter, rock climber, gypsy adrenaline junkie – going way back to the beginning of beginnings, to films like The Hunger and later Days of […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *