August 20, 2012

Vale – Tony Scott

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 1:46 pm

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.

Normally detesting these kinds of bios, Rodney’s keen love of film more often outclasses his ability to write convincingly about them.

Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman.

As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney’s love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.

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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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