Remembering an Icon: A Look Back at the Life and Career of Tony Scott
08.22.12 by BJSprecher
The entertainment world is still reeling from the loss of one of the true icons of modern cinema, Tony Scott, who died on Sunday after jumping off of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, CA. Though Scott received few accolades for the movies he directed, he consistently turned out entertaining hits and his kinetic visual style has been influencing other action movie directors since his sophomore effort, Top Gun, became an instant classic in 1986.
In addition to sending Tom "Maverick" Cruise's career into the stratosphere, Scott helped advance fledgling filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's career when he directed the Tarantino-scripted neo-noir crime-romance movie True Romance, which is arguably Scott's best work. Scott was also Denzel Washington's director-of-choice, with five collaborations between the two, starting with Crimson Tide in 1995 and ending with Scott's last movie as a director, Unstoppable, in 2010.
Scott was also a prolific producer, working in conjunction with his brother, acclaimed director Ridley Scott, through their Scott Free Productions company to develop and produce dozens of movies, TV movies, TV series, documentaries and short films. He is survived by his wife, Donna.
For Scott's complete cinematic filmography, click here.