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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 21 June 1944North Shields, Northumberland, England, UK
Date of Death 19 August 2012San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA  (suicide)
Birth NameAnthony David Scott
Nickname T-Scott
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British military, his family moved around a lot. Their mother loved the going to the movies and instilled a love of cinema in her children. At age 16, Tony made his first appearance on screen as 'the boy' in his brother's directorial debut, the short film Boy and Bicycle (1965). In 1969, Tony directed his own short film One of the Missing (1969) about a soldier in the American civil war.

Tony had a talent for art and painting. He spent a year in Leeds College of Art and Design and went on to study for a fine arts degree at the School of Art at the University of Sunderland. He won a scholarship to study for his Masters of fine arts at the Royal College of Art. Following university, he spent several years as a painter. But life as a painter proved a struggle, so he decided to forge a different career path and partnered with Ridley in advertising at Ridley Scott Associates. It was there that he began shooting commercials.

His feature directorial debut came with the vampire movie The Hunger (1983) starring Susan Sarandon, David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve. The film wasn't a critical success but it attracted attention from Hollywood. He was asked by producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer to direct Top Gun (1986) starring Tom Cruise. He would work again with Cruise on another high adrenaline film Days of Thunder (1990), which proved less successful. He followed the success of Top Gun with the sequel Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) with Eddie Murphy, which was well received.

In 1993, he directed True Romance (1993), which was written by emerging director Quentin Tarantino. Scott had a lot of control over the film and received some great reviews.

Tony has worked five times with actor Denzel Washington with Crimson Tide (1995), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009), Deja Vu (2006), Man on Fire (2004) and Scott's final film in the director's chair Unstoppable (2010).

Tony Scott passed away at age 68 on August 19, 2012 in California, USA.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anoynmous

Spouse (3)

Donna W. Scott (24 November 1994 - 19 August 2012) (his death) (2 children)
Glynis Sanders (1986 - 1987) (divorced)
Gerry Scott (1967 - 1974) (divorced)

Trade Mark (7)

Constantly wore a faded red baseball cap. It often appeared in his films.
[director's trademark - camera pan across a large tower] The "top of the world" tower at the casino in Domino and Beat The Devil, the tower in Mexico City at the start of Man on Fire.
Has used dogs in many of his movies including Top Gun (1986), True Romance (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), The Fan (1996), Enemy of the State (1998), Man on Fire (2004) and Domino (2005).
Kinetic, choppy editing
Frequently had sunlight flashing at characters to make the picture more effective.
Often ended a film with a shootout. See True Romance (1993), The Last Boy Scout (1991), Enemy of the State (1998).

Trivia (27)

Younger brother of director Ridley Scott.
Uncle of Jake Scott
Partner, with Ridley Scott, in Scott Free Productions.
Once had a biography of Mexican icon Pancho Villa in production. At the same time, his brother, Ridley Scott, also had a "Pancho Villa" project in development. The story made headlines, and although both brothers are careful to note differences in the two projects, neither project has yet been produced (2001).
His films are known for their rich visual style, with dazzling cinematography and beautiful production designs.
Visual trademarks include heavy use of smoke, colored filters, and shafts of light breaking through windows, often through blinds.
Often worked with film editor Chris Lebenzon.
Starred in brother Ridley Scott's first filmmaking effort, "Boy and Bicycle", in 1960 at the age of 16, playing the title role. The film is currently owned by the British Film Institute, and video copies are currently available for purchase.
Was an avid mountain climber.
Graduated from the Royal College Of Art In London, England.
Directed literally thousands of television commercials, most for his brother Ridley Scott's company RSA (Ridley Scott Associates), between the early 1970s and the early 1980s.
Once linked romantically to Brigitte Nielsen, whom he directed in Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). Both were married at the time, Nielsen to Sylvester Stallone. Scott has since admitted the affair was what led to his divorce from his second wife.
Turned down a chance to direct Beautiful Girls (1996), because he felt he couldn't do justice to Scott Rosenberg's script, which placed characterization and dialogue above dramatic event.
In the early 1980s, was reported to be a contender to direct the highly regarded screenplay Starman (1984), since British commercial veterans were suddenly in vogue in Hollywood (Alan Parker, Adrian Lyne, Hugh Hudson, Ridley Scott, etc.) However, the reaction to his debut film, The Hunger (1983), was so negative that his stock in Hollywood sank almost instantly. Starman was ultimately directed by John Carpenter, and Scott's next film was Top Gun (1986), three years later.
Son of Elizabeth Jean Scott.
Uncle of actress Jordan Scott
Dedicated his movie Spy Game (2001) to the memory of his mother, Elizabeth Scott, who died that year.
Performance (1970) by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg was one of his favourite films.
Unlike brother Ridley Scott, he utilizes mostly American actors in lead roles. (Only four leads in his features have not been American since The Hunger (1983): Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie in The Hunger (1983); Nicole Kidman in Days of Thunder (1990)) and Keira Knightley in Domino (2005)).
Often worked with editor Christian Wagner.
He and his brother, Ridley Scott, have both worked with the following actors: Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise (1991), The Hunger (1983)), Tom Skerritt (Alien (1979), Top Gun (1986)), Tom Cruise (Legend (1985), Top Gun (1986)), Viggo Mortensen (G.I. Jane (1997), Crimson Tide (1995)), Brad Pitt (Thelma & Louise (1991), True Romance (1993)), Giancarlo Giannini (Hannibal (2001), Man on Fire (2004)), Gary Oldman (Hannibal (2001), True Romance (1993)) and Denzel Washington (American Gangster (2007), Man on Fire (2004), et al).
Was classmates with Stephen Goldblatt and Richard Loncraine in Film School.
Former brother-in-law of Sandy Watson.
Father of twin sons, Frank and Max (born 2000), with Donna W. Scott.
Dedicated his movie The Hunger (1983) to his brother Frank Scott, who died in 1980.
Was set to direct Man on Fire (1987), based on a A.J. Quinnell's novel, but he was rejected by the producers because they believed he was not accomplished enough to pull off the project. 17 years later, Scott directed Man on Fire (2004), a new version of the same novel.
Tony and Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions signs a 3-year production deal with Fox. Each will produce (separately and together) films for Fox and each will direct at least one film at Fox in that time. [September 2001]

Personal Quotes (10)

[on Ridley Scott] Nobody does toga movies like my brother.
[on Tom Cruise] A magnet for women.
[on Days of Thunder (1990)] The problem was, we started on the movie without a script. Tom [Cruise] was already part of the line-up when I arrived and they said: "Tom can sit behind the wheel of a race car and smoke a cigarette and this movie will make a fortune." And that was the attitude we went in with. Robert Towne would be writing the scenes at night, we would shoot in the morning. It was a dangerous way to work. But we really thought, "Look - it's racing cars and it's Tom Cruise!" But you always have to get a story and you've got to get character first, and we hadn't.
(The studio) saw a cut of The Hunger (1983) and all of a sudden my parking spot at Warner Brothers was painted out.
I always get criticized for style over content, unlike Ridley's films that go into the classic box right away. Mine sort of hover. Maybe with time people will start saying they should be classics, but I think I'm always perceived as reaching too hard for difference, and difference doesn't categorize you as the 'classic category'.
The biggest edge I live on is directing. That's the most scary, dangerous thing you can do in your life.
The scariest thing in my life is the first morning of production on all my movies. It's the fear of failing, the loss of face, and a sense of guilt that everybody puts their faith in you and not coming through?
I like changing the pace of my life, changing my discipline. It gives me ideas for how to see the world differently.
Ridley makes films for posterity. My films are more rock 'n' roll.
[on Top Gun (1986) and similar films] I see these pilots as rock 'n' roll stars of the skies. I see deep blue skies and silver steel. I hear the rock music and smell the jet fuel. I love shooting real things in the real world.

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