• Aug 20, 2012
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.






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      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw this on my CNN app this AM, but they didn't say he had cancer... It makes MORE sense now. I lost an Uncle to that horrible disease. Brain cancer no less. HORRIBLE!
      Stinkyboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      He made some great movies - and his teamwork with his brother was awesome.
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      too bad he ended his career with Unstoppable. That movie was terrible.
        Peter Middleton
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joe shmoe
        what have you done recently with any true monetary success? Cause Unstoppable made 70million dollars yet continues to generate revenue from HBO DVD sales etc.. Everyones a critic
      Chris A
      • 2 Years Ago
      That bridge is located on Interstate 710 -- does that make 710 the highway to the danger zone?
        rtkewley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris A
        No, but it does make you incredibly insensitive - I'll assume you missed the part where it reads "inoperable brain cancer". Classy.
          Chris A
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rtkewley
          You know what's tremendously sad? The fact that he couldn't go with dignity surrounded by his family and friends. Top Gun references only make things easier for the living.
        BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris A
        Not quite, it begins where the 110 ends, the 710 ends in Long Beach... *******.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder what prompted him to use the Vincent Thomas Bridge? That's the bridge that William L. Peterson bungee jumps from in To Live And Die In L.A.. A very sad end for a great director. RIP, Tony Scott.
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saw this on the news this afternoon, the part about incurable brain cancer was the missing key in the story.... saddening
      Willie
      • 2 Years Ago
      My condolences to his family. When I saw the reports this morning it did not say anything about the cancer but now it all makes sense. Not that suicide was the answer but certainly clears things up a bit. I think Brain cancer is by far the worst of all the cancers.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      RIP Tony.