Tony Scott: 1944-2012

The director of Top Gun and True Romance was 68.

Tony Scott, the British director of such muscular action films as Top Gun, True Romance, and Unstoppable, committed suicide Sunday by leaping from a bridge in Los Angeles. He was 68.

As a 16-year-old, Scott starred in his brother Ridley's short Boy and Bicycle. Though he studied to be a painter, Scott was inspired by his brother's success and turned to filmmaking himself, directing a number of commercials before making his theatrical debut with the vampire film The Hunger in 1983. His next film, Top Gun, was a huge commercial hit; the tale of a group of hotshot Navy pilots elevated Tom Cruise to superstardom, spawned a wildly popular soundtrack, and inspired a wave of armed forces enlistees.

Scott re-teamed with Cruise for the less successful Days of Thunder in 1990, and directed True Romance, a wild crime movie written by Quentin Tarantino, in 1993. In 1995, Scott directed Crimson Tide starring Denzel Washington, beginning a fruitful collaboration between director and star that would include Man on Fire (2004), Déjà vu (2006), and the critically-acclaimed Unstoppable (2010), his final feature. He also worked with Will Smith on the critical and commercial hit Enemy of the State in 1998.

In addition to his film work, Scott teamed with his brother to produce the series Numb3rs and The Good Wife for television. In addition to his brother, Scott is survived by his wife Donna and their twin sons.

For Tony Scott's complete filmography on RT, click here.


Infernal Dude on 08-20-2012 11:29 AM

RIP MR. SCOTT. I really liked most of your movies. Especially True Romance, The Last Boy Scout and Crimson Tide. I've seen a lot of members here at RT criticize you over the years but I've always appreciated your style. Thanks for the good times. Peace brotha.

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Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry on 08-20-2012 12:55 PM

. . . maybe he wasn't in his right mind when he did it; depending on the location of the tumor, Scott's thoughts and emotions could have been effected--if the tumor was impacting the amygdala, Scott may not have been responsible.

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield on 08-20-2012 01:53 PM

Or perhaps he spent some glorious final days with them, and then saved them from witnessing him deteriorate to the point where he couldn't recognize them, needed to be fed and wear diapers, while spending thousands and thousands of dollars he worked hard to accumulate on medical bills and pharmaceuticals.

Sadly, he had to die alone. This is someone with a fatal disease should be allowed to die with their family, legally, at home with a needle or pill. Kevorkian was ahead of his time.

Dave J.

Dave Jordon on 08-21-2012 02:58 PM

Actually, according to the news Tony Scott was slated to be involved in Top Gun 2, so as I said there's still more questions with very few answers!

Janson J.

Janson Jinnistan on 08-20-2012 03:31 PM

What a selfish, self-righteous, and uninformed comment.

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Janson J.

Janson Jinnistan on 08-20-2012 04:01 PM

Not to judge you but you have no idea what you're talking about. Are you a member of the Scott family? If not, you don't know how the family feels because they have not rleased a statement other than asking for people to respect their privacy. Your comment is presumptuous and self-serving.


Bigbrother . on 08-20-2012 04:39 PM

I'm not an advocate for suicide, who is? but this is one of the few situations where I can understand it and to a certain extent admire it. Rather than put his family into a financial or emotional burden, he sacked up and punched his own clock. Quick and easy like a band-aid. It sucks that it came to that, but I can't say that that's not what I'd do if put into a similar situation.

Janson J.

Janson Jinnistan on 08-20-2012 08:06 PM

Gee, sounds like you..."know it all". I, on the other hand, do not claim to know anything about Scott or his family. I'm simply saying that you don't, and until you do, you should reserve your judgement. You don't have the right to call someone you don't know "selfish", while sheepishly claiming "not to judge". You comment was judgemental. And you're still acting self-righteous.


Matthew Younker on 08-20-2012 10:15 PM

Janson, seriously people have the right to their opinions. I understand you disagree or at least take offense to Todd's stance without hearing from Scott's family but, come on, you don't need to be so spiteful in the way you word your remarks.

Janson J.

Janson Jinnistan on 08-21-2012 01:36 PM

Calling a dead man selfish isn't spiteful? Everybody's got an opinion, sure, but some are more deplorable than others. Todd speaks from ignorance, and that should never be defensible. It is a fact, not an opinion, that Todd's comment is a judgement on Scott's character from someone who doesn't know him personally. It is not merely my opinion to point that out. Therefore, there's nothing to legitimately disagree about. Todd has a "right" to comment, just as I have a "right" to show the flaw of it. Obviously, given today's developments in the story, there are many things that no one has enough information about to be making such sweeping judgements as "selfishness". I'm not offering an opinion. I'm saying people need to to hold onto theirs until they know what they're talking about.


Matthew Younker on 08-21-2012 05:11 PM

Gordon, Brad and Big Brother were all able to respond to Todd and keep things courteous. You however were quick to call him selfish, self-righteous, uninformed, and claim he has no idea what he's talking about. I've seen you bully people like this numerous times on these RT forums and every post you have on this thread is just a personal attack at some other poster. Frankly I think its deplorable. I've said my peace about it. Good day.


Christoph M on 08-20-2012 05:16 PM

Seriously? Selfish? Try putting yourself in his shoes. No wait you can't. It's impossible to truly know how difficult it would be without actually going through it yourself so there's no way you can pass judgement on him for it unless you actually contract inoperable brain cancer yourself. Give your head a shake buddy.

As for Tony, RIP. That is truly terrible news. I really feel for he and his family. Unstoppable was won of my three favorite films of 2010 and I was looking forward to seeing what he'd do next.

Aurora Bellard

Aurora Bellard on 08-20-2012 11:45 AM

this is very sad. He should've spoken to his family about the brain cancer first--even if it could not be operated on. At least they would not have been so blind-sided by his suicide. But none of us can really understand what was going through his mind, he believed his life was already over.

Janson J.

Janson Jinnistan on 08-20-2012 03:34 PM

Blind-sided? The family has made no comment. You have no idea what the family knew at the time of his death. People need to stop writing their own storylines before any facts are released.

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Janson J.

Janson Jinnistan on 08-20-2012 08:07 PM

Have you asked them?

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens on 08-20-2012 10:03 PM

Hey either the RT gods came down and banished Tod or he deleted his account either way... Good riddance

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin on 08-21-2012 08:27 AM

I seriously hope Todd didn't delete his account over an argument like this. A tragedy is a tragedy is a tragedy and I don't think people should judge the actions of a Man who would (and did) take his own life. There is no way I could even imagine what it would be like to be placed in a situation where I would think, Yeah I think I'll take my own life. Scary, sad, shocking, and depressing news. That's all it is.

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens on 08-21-2012 12:02 PM

Actually yes according to RT after the TDKR incident they can ban you for posting offensive or threatening comments......... Idk why whenever I click on your account a 404 page comes up Todd

Janson J.

Janson Jinnistan on 08-21-2012 01:38 PM

Todd Garry doesn't have an RT account to ban. He's a Facebook punk. Another example of the more impulsive and thoughtless comments coming from those who aren't part of the RT community.


Todd Garry on 08-21-2012 02:31 PM

First off I have been a part of the RT community a lot longer than you guys. I never realized I was logged in under Facebook. LIke I said coming from someone who has dealt with this issue at a young age I was not able to grasp what was happening. Jansen got off you're high horse. Like I said I always see you attacking anyone who's opinion varies from yourself.

Janson J.

Janson Jinnistan on 08-21-2012 03:04 PM

It takes a pretty high horse to spit down on a dead man's grave, Todd.


Todd Garry on 08-21-2012 03:10 PM

Not to mention all you're arguments can be thrown out the window considering he didn't even have brain cancer. You talked about Tony as if you knew everything that was going on in his head.

Janson J.

Janson Jinnistan on 08-21-2012 03:23 PM

I haven't brought up his cancer, Todd. Not once in our discourse. It's irrelevent to my point about holding your tongue until you know what you're talking about. Another FAIL.

Dave J.

Dave Jordon on 08-21-2012 04:14 PM

'Cancer' is what's said on the article above! But I have to say that the last line is somewhat confusing for the most part "Scott is survived by his wife Donna and their twin sons"!!!!!! Because I thought it wasn't even a natural demise and was very unexpected, not that it matters now!

Sean D.

Sean D on 08-21-2012 04:21 PM

Alright, alright. Time out, people.

Here's the dealio: A man committed suicide. The chap was battling demons that, and I am reaching here, most of us here cannot fathom nor know how we would face were we in the same boat. We don't know.

Therefore, we shouldn't comment on how the man went out. That was his and is his family's business. Let the man rest in peace. What we should be commenting on is what he did as a director and producer.

Dave J.

Dave Jordon on 08-21-2012 04:29 PM


Janson J.

Janson Jinnistan on 08-21-2012 04:43 PM

Sean, it's difficult to see, since the original comments have been removed, but my only point has been to NOT pass judgement at this time on Tony Scott for his actions. I agree that the focus of this page should be to focus on the man's accomplishments (for me The Hunger and True Romance are modern classics), rather than to make glib comments on the selfishness of his actions, which is one of the weakest cliches to trot out under these circumstances.

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens on 08-21-2012 05:10 PM

janson keep fighting the good fight!! ....... Now the family is saying he was of good health so I guess we are going to have to wait for the autopsy to know all the facts.

Sean D.

Sean D on 08-21-2012 05:39 PM

@Janson: Oh I know, dude. I agree with what you are saying. People can be dicks right after the death of someone. Solidarity, brother. Keep up the good fight.

Dave J.

Dave Jordon on 08-20-2012 12:08 PM

Commiting suicide is not the way to solve things especially if theirs a lot of alternative medicine such as countries as China and India. This is a very sad day for Hollywood!


The Watcher on 08-20-2012 12:54 PM

Alternative medicines? Yeah, I'm sure some blades of grass/leaves of tea will cure that brain cancer right up. May as well go see a shaman in Africa while you're at it and throw some bird bones around in a pot.

Instead of suffering a slow death and decomposing right in front of his own eyes, the man chose his own way out, while he was still himself. Not saying I agree with his choice, but I definitely respect it.

Kory Reay

Kory Reay on 08-20-2012 01:49 PM

Well said.

Dave J.

Dave Jordon on 08-21-2012 12:06 PM

Are you that ignorant! Both India and China also do operations as well as other countries of the world - not just North Americans, the only difference here is that their is more media exposure or sensationism around North American medicine! It was said that Tony Scott only had a few months to live and I just want to say that a hell of a lot can be done during that time especially with his money who can seek the resources he needs as opposed to some average joe making a smaller income!

In your opinion, you don't actually think that if his serious procedure cannot be done here in either United States and Canada that it can't be done anywhere else would be a very 'arrogant' statement to make! Medicine is like science because their is always some new discoverery unrecognized by North American doctors especially about medical marijuana- American medicine is not always absolute! I've seen hundreds of people on the news as well as on newspapers are people who were supposed to die but exceed to live way past their expectations claims from doctors for only a few months to live! Tony Scott was obviously narrow minded and assumed their was no other alternative is still not the solution!

Janson J.

Janson Jinnistan on 08-21-2012 01:40 PM

Dave, I'm assuming Scott was more aware of his options than you are.

Dave J.

Dave Jordon on 08-21-2012 01:59 PM

Even though if what you're saying is true, he still had enough time to enjoy it (which I've heard was a few months) with all the money and success he's garnered throughout the years as opposed to the average citizen I'm sure some won't commit to suicide as a last resort! And besides that the article did say 'inoperative brain cancer', and as you say we don't know how long he knew about this nor how long before deciding this was the only solution for him as opposed to others who may have been in the same situtation as him! I mean instead of jumping off a bridge does this mean he supports euthanasia as a way of preventing suffering- there's still more questions with very few answers!

Janson J.

Janson Jinnistan on 08-21-2012 02:22 PM

The 'cancer' thing is now in doubt, but the fact of the matter is that this was still a very private, personal decision for Scott to make, and it's not our place to judge that.

Dave J.

Dave Jordon on 08-21-2012 02:32 PM

This is where I'm going to have to disagree with you on because suicide is everybody's problem because you do heard of "depression" right even though it could be prevented! Tony Scott's a public figure just like Elvis and Elizabth Taylor why shouldn't it matter- of course it matters otherwise what's the point! This is not like Howard Hughes that he could just disappear on the face of the earth!

Janson J.

Janson Jinnistan on 08-21-2012 03:06 PM

Dave, urgh...nothing good can come from this argument...

Dave J.

Dave Jordon on 08-21-2012 04:08 PM

That is something I do agree on!


Infernal Dude on 08-21-2012 06:23 PM

Exclamation Points!!!!


This Guy on 08-20-2012 12:34 PM

This really sucks. I always enjoyed his movies.

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry on 08-20-2012 12:38 PM

DEVASTATING NEWS. This is the second brother of Ridley Scott to die "prematurely" so to speak.

Tony Scott's death will certainly have an impact on Ridley Scott, in fact the atmosphere in Ridley Scott's BLADE RUNNER is so rainy because Ridley began conceptualizing Blade Runner shortly after his first brother's death; he and his brother used to play outside in the rain in the director's native Scotland and this translated into Blade Runner's masse en scene.

DESPAIR . . . when a person IS diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer -- the person can be either hopeful where optimistically things will get better or better or cynical where things will pessimistically become worse and worse.

This TRAGEDY is being felt by all whose lives have been touched by Tony Scott's life and art. I'm so sorry the directory felt there was no hope or felt that it wasn't his duty to say the course until the end.

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry on 08-20-2012 12:51 PM

He definitely made a choice . . . why cause his his family and loved ones to suffer prolonged agony when he could die quickly and much less painfully.

Maybe everyone with inoperable brain cancer should commit suicide, its much more quick and efficient.

Personally, I would hold on to hope that some form aggressive meditation or treatment would help me get better; like SOME KID who said he'd dream constantly of tiny space-ships in is head blowing-away a gigantic asteroid until the giant asteroid was obliterated to nothing--THE KID literally used his imagination to get rid of the brain tumor.

Tony Scott never gave himself a chance; SUICIDE eliminates the possibility for chance, the chance that something may occur to prevent a seemingly inevitable death.

Steven Jensen

Steven Jensen on 08-20-2012 01:21 PM

Honestly, i think you should watch what you are saying. I mean, can you really imagine what it's like to be told that you are suffering from cancer, that is impossible to cure? It's so easy to think what it's like, but none of us can imagine what it is really like to know, that you are going to die slowly and painfully.

I'm not saying that suicide was the right choice (especially considering his wife, kids and Ridley), but i think many of us would be tempted to do the same.

Regardless, i'm really gonna miss Tony's movies. I remember growing up with some of his films, and i still hold Man on Fire as one of my all time favorite movies. His films always had good action, good humor, and some good performances. R.I.P. Tony, you will be missed!

Kadeem S.

Kadeem Stewart on 08-20-2012 02:52 PM

This is one of the darkest days in the history of Hollywood. Thank you for all the memories, Tony Scott. True Romance was one of my favorite movies. R.I.P.

Kadeem S.

Kadeem Stewart on 08-20-2012 02:53 PM

If Tony Scott died, then what's gonna happen to Top Gun 2?

Janson J.

Janson Jinnistan on 08-20-2012 03:36 PM

Good to see priorities in the right place :(

David Cameron

David Cameron on 08-20-2012 04:06 PM

It,s a very sad day for the Scott family and also for a man that inspire a series of genre that will perdure, Farewell Tony Scott


Chris Moore on 08-20-2012 04:10 PM

Such a sad way to go. RIP, Tony.


Jim Ylonen on 08-20-2012 04:31 PM

He did the right thing. I really liked Scott because he never wanted to live up nor down to his brother's legacy. He was awesome in his own way and I understand he would've made his family suffer more if they'd only tried to go all the way through with him instead of just letting him end this ordeal like he rightfully chose to. Yeah euthanasia could've been an option, but come on. Does it make a difference if he knew he was going to die anyway no matter what?



A Williams on 08-20-2012 05:50 PM

What a horrible disease cancer is and I hope modern science combined with the human will can defeat this terrible monster once and for all. It has taken too many precious and innocent lives from us. Tony Scott was an amazing and talented director and it is a terrible shame that he had to end his life this way. I was so excited to see Coma on t.v. this coming Memorial Day, but now I will be too depressed to watch it (knowing it is his last directing debut with Ridley). RIP Mr. Scott, your talent is a great loss in today's Hollywood and you will be truly missed.

Steven  S.

Steven Scott on 08-20-2012 07:49 PM

Its a shame really, he had talent. Rest In Peace Tony, Rest In Peace!


Bigbrother . on 08-20-2012 09:34 PM

Now they're saying he didn't have brain cancer. How do you mess up a story like that? Sad story either way.


Matthew Younker on 08-20-2012 10:20 PM

Right or Wrong this was an incredibly daring thing to do and a real shocker. I always liked Tony and a fair majority of his films. My heart goes out to the Scott family, this has to be a devastating situation. RIP Tony.

King Crunk

King Crunk on 08-20-2012 11:11 PM

Wow, this was unexpected. I did not like many of his films from the last decade or so, but True Romance is one of my favorites, and he definitely left his mark on cinema with his work from the '80s and '90s, and many directors copy the kinetic style he adopted during the 2000s. RIP, Mr. Scott.


j s on 08-21-2012 12:19 PM

Thank you for your movies and creativity, Mr. Scott.

Loved Top Gun as a kid and you did a great job turning a train into a villian.

Rip :)

Michael N.

Michael Norgaard on 08-21-2012 08:51 PM

Oh wow... sad day.

Brian B.

Brian Barreto on 08-22-2012 12:29 PM

While I've always preferred Ridley to Tony, in terms of filmmaking, I have enjoyed the now late Tony Scott's films, for the most part. Top Gun, True Romance, Enemy of the State, and Unstoppabble were all great. But, in a more serious note, I give my sincerest condolences to the entire Scott family. This is a tragedy and I hope they can recover from this as soon as they possibly can. R.I.P. Tony Scott. You'll be missed.

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