Top Gun Director Dead at 68 of Apparent Suicide
Tony Scott, the director of the 1986 blockbuster Top Gun, died this weekend of apparent suicide, after jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge near Los Angeles. A suicide note for his family was found in Scott’s car. A police investigation into Scott’s supposed suicide is now underway.
Tony Scott, the younger brother of famed director Ridley Scott, the man behind such classics as Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982) and Gladiator (2000), was the first to admit that his films were pure entertainment and not up to the artistic merit of his brother’s.
The British born Scott began his career as a director with the 1983 film The Hunger. Even though the film was not a success with either critics or filmgoers, Scott’s previous work in commercials had caught the attention of Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, the producing team behind 1983’s Flashdance and 1984’s Beverly Hills Cop, to direct their new action film Top Gun.
Top Gun, which started Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan, was the highest grossing film of 1986. Simpson and Bruckheimer hired Scott to direct their next two films…1987’s Beverly Hills Cop II and 1990’s Days of Thunder. Though Days of Thunder went over budget and didn’t make a profit for Paramount Pictures, Scott remained an in demand director. On a personal note, I actually prefer Days of Thunder to Top Gun.
In the 1990’s Scott continued to turn out hit films. In 1993 he brought Quentin Tarantino’s screenplay True Romance to the screen and in doing to made one of his finest films. In 1995 he returned to Simpson and Bruckheimer’s camp to direct the submarine thriller Crimson Tide starring Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington, which will remain Tony Scott’s greatest film.
Anthony David Scott was born July 21, 1944 in England, the youngest of three sons. His older brother Frank died in 1980. Scott was married three times and leaves behind his third wife Donna and their twin sons.
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