August 20, 2012

Vale – Tony Scott

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 1:46 pm
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Tony Scott – 1944-2012

Terribly sad news out of the US today, as we learn that Tony Scott, brother of director Ridley Scott, has jumped to his death from a bridge in Los Angeles.

Born Anthony Scott, Tony directed such action-oriented fare as Days Of Thunder and Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise, Enemy of The State with Will Smith, and several recent efforts with Denzel Washington: Deja Vu, Unstoppable, The Taking Of Pehlam 123, and Man on Fire. An earlier work with Washington, Crimson Tide, remains one of his most popular works in cinema.

Mr Scott also co-produced a number of television series with his brother, namely Numb3rs, The Good Wife, and Labyrinth (2011). Most recently we mentioned him in a typically unfussed pose in Paramount’s 100 Year Anniversary spread photo for Vanity Fair.

The motivation for his apparent suicide is unclear at the time of going to press, however we extend our sympathies to his family and friends at this difficult time.

Tony Scott was 68.

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Rodney is the Editor-In-Chief of Fernby Films, and has been appreciating films seriously since 1993. Rodney’s first foray into online reviews was for a now-defunct online Australian DVD store, before starting up when that enterprise fell through, in 2007. Rodney lives in the South Australian city of Adelaide, with his wife and two young children, whom he loves very much.

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  1. My tribute to the director is now up:

      Dan — August 20, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

  2. Very sad news indeed.
    My recent post Weekend Viewing Roundup: Step Up Revolution, Fantastic Mr Fox, An Affair to Remember

      rtm — August 21, 2012 @ 5:26 am

  3. In all honesty, I've never been a huge fan of Scott's work in the past but it is still a shame that the guy had to go away so suddenly. Some very abruptly sad news.

      cmrok93 — August 21, 2012 @ 5:41 am

  4. A fine list of films, Dan! Thanks for the link.

      Rodney Twelftree — August 21, 2012 @ 8:38 am

  5. Indeed. Thanks Ruth.

      Rodney Twelftree — August 21, 2012 @ 8:43 am

  6. It's always sad when somebody with so much talent leaves us in such a way. Thanks Colin – much appreciated.

      Rodney Twelftree — August 21, 2012 @ 9:11 am

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