Rest in Peace: Tony Scott

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Rest in Peace - Tony ScottSome very sad news has come in this evening: British film director and producer Tony Scott, who most recently worked on Prometheus and the upcoming Stoker, jumped to his death earlier today from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s officials.

Daily Breeze reports that Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge’s apex and leapt off “without hesitation” around 12:30 p.m., Sunday, August 19th. A suicide note was found inside Scott’s black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn.

Born June 21, 1944, in North Shields, England, Anthony David Scott was the younger brother of Ridley Scott. He starred in his brother’s first movie, Boy and Bicycle, in 1960. Scott, an avid mountain climber, graduated from the Royal College of Art in London. He directed television commercials before his debut film, The Hunger starring pop singer David Bowie, was released in 1983. He broke into Hollywood royalty three years later when he directed Tom Cruise in Top Gun, followed in 1990 by Days of Thunder, which also featured Scott’s third and current wife, actress Donna Scott. The couple have twin boys.

Scott and his older brother were co-producers on the CBS dramas “NUMB3RS” and “The Good Wife.” The pair recently wrapped “Coma,” a four-hour, two-night medical thriller starring Ellen Burstyn set for release next month on A&E.

Officers with port police, the Los Angeles Police Department, and California Highway Patrol joined city firefighters and the Coast Guard in searching the water for Scott’s body after eyewitnesses saw him jump from the bridge. Authorities used sonar equipment to track Scott in the port’s murky waters, and his body was recovered by a dive team around 4:30 p.m., port police Sgt. Michael Alva said. His body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Mr. Scott’s family and friends. He left an amazing legacy that will not be forgotten.

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  • The Woman In Black

    The latest reports are that Tony had inoperable brain cancer. I can’t even imagine the type of depression and despair someone feels after getting that kind of news.

    • Vanvance1

      Now it makes sense. I had a very good friend who died of the same. In the last few weeks he didn’t want anyone to see him at all.

      No one wants their friends or loved ones to remember them as the horrific mess cancer can create before the end.

      He likely did this to spare his family pain.

      • kiddcapone

        Yeah, that makes perfect sense…rather than buy some euthanize-like substance and quietly drift off in your sleep in the privacy of your own home, why not just kill yourself in a public space for the world to see and get covered in the media creating a horrific mess of your body that even your loved ones can’t recognize and they must bury you inside a closed casket without saying goodbye.

        Yep, what a way to “spare” his family pain and nightmares…

        • Terminal

          And the award for the most morbid argument of the day goes to…

        • Vanvance1

          I don’t think suicides are completely rational. Maybe he was testing himself on the bridge to see if he’d do it or not.

          I read an article suggesting cancer might not be the culprit

  • Screamz

    This is truly tragic. Hard to believe with a life like his he’d want to take his own life. R.I.P. Lost a truly great person and filmmaker…

  • kiddcapone

    The angry boy, a bit too insane, icing over a secret pain, you know you don’t belong. You’re the first to fight, you’re way too loud, you’re the flash of light, on a burial shroud, I know something’s wrong, well everyone I know has got a reason, to say, put the past away…

  • Jinx


    Terrible news. I’m very much a fan of his work. He was a terrific director.

    Rest in peace, sir.

  • Terminal

    That is just shocking and horrible. I really feel for his family. I truly hope he rests in peace. That’s unbelievable.

  • Vanvance1

    That’s very, very strange. At 68 you’d think there would be more stability and calm, not less. I wonder what the note said and if he was under the influence of any drugs or chemically imbalanced.