R.I.P. Tony Scott (1944-2012)

The director of Top Gun and Man on Fire died on August 19, 2012 in an apparent suicide.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


It’s a news story none of us want to have to tell. Director Tony Scott, brother of Ridley Scott and the man behind some of the most beloved masculine movies ever made, has died at the age of 68, in an apparent suicide. Scott’s publicist has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the director of Top Gun and True Romance jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas bridge, outside of Long Beach, California, on August 19, 2012, after leaving a suicide note in his car.

Tony Scott leaves behind an impressive body of work. His most popular film, Top Gun, starred Tom Cruise as a hotheaded jet pilot named “Maverick,” and was such an appealing depiction of military aviation that U.S. Navy recruitment skyrocketed after its release. His Quentin Tarantino-scripted True Romance contains some of the best acting of Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper’s careers, in a scene that has since become iconic. In his later career, Scott was well known for his frequent collaborations with Denzel Washington, who starred in four of the director’s films: Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, Déjà Vu, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 and Unstoppable, which would become Tony Scott’s last completed film. He was reportedly working on the drama Emma’s War at the time of his death.

Tony Scott is survived by his brother, director Ridley Scott, his third wife, actress Donna W. Scott and their two children. He directed some incredible films that were tremendously important to multiple generations of filmgoers, and he will be missed.

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