The cinema world has lost one of its greats, as director Tony Scott was found dead yesterday in an apparent suicide. The 68-year-old director left notes in his car and office before jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which is located in San Pedro, CA. The bridge, which connects San Pedro to Terminal Island, spans Los Angeles Harbor and is 365 feet at its highest point, while State Route 47 is roughly 185 feet above water. Authorities have said evidence points to no other explanation than suicide, and ABC News is reporting that Scott had inoperable brain cancer.
Scott was born in 1944 in North Shields, England, and began a career of acting then directing, ascending to fame with the 1986 film Top Gun. Scott had great significance in the automotive enthusiast world with the 1990 film Days of Thunder and the BMW film Beat the Devil, featuring Clive Owen, James Brown and Gary Oldman as the devil. Scott also directed a 1980's Saab ad, that featured a Saab 900 Turbo racing a Saab 37 Viggen fighter jet.
Scott also directed many blockbuster films, including Crimson Tide, Beverly Hills Cop II, The Fan, Enemy of the State, and most recently Unstoppable. The latter starred Denzel Washington, with whom Scott apparently enjoyed working with based on the number of movies the two did together.
Scott is survived by his wife Donna Wilson Scott, and their twin sons, Frank and Max. Scott is also survived by his brother Ridley Scott, who directed such classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down and, most recently, Prometheus.
As early as 2011, the brothers had announced that they would combine forces on a series called The Drivers based on the book Shelby: The Man, the Cars, the Legend.
Scroll below to watch Scott's BMW Film and the Saab ad.