Monday, August 20, 2012

Director Tony Scott dies after jumping off bridge and commits suicide at age 68


PHOTO: Vincent Thomas Bridge

LOS ANGELES — Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as "Top Gun," ''Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said.

The 68-year-old Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

Several people called 911 around 12:35 p.m. to report that someone had jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles Harbor, according to Los Angeles police Lt. Tim Nordquist.

A dive team with Los Angeles Port Police pulled the body from the murky water several hours later, Nordquist said. Scott's body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner's office.

One lane of the eastbound side of the bridge was closed to traffic during the investigation. Cargo vessels moved at reduced speeds through the east side of the port's main channel during the search, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Investigators found a note in Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge, according to the Los Angeles Times. That note listed contact information. A suicide note was later found at his office.

The British-born Scott, who lived in Beverly Hills, was producer and director Ridley Scott's younger brother. Distinct visual styles mark both siblings' films — Ridley Scott mastering the creation of entire worlds with such films as "Gladiator," ''Blade Runner," ''Alien" and this year's "Prometheus," Tony Scott known for hyper-kinetic action and editing on such films as his most recent, the runaway train thriller "Unstoppable," starring regular collaborator Denzel Washington.

Tony was the first of the Scott brothers to enjoy blockbuster success with "Top Gun," starring Tom Cruise, the top-grossing film of 1986 at $176 million. Scott teamed with Cruise again four years later on the hit "Days of Thunder." He also had a sequel to "Top Gun" in development.

But Ridley Scott later managed more and bigger hits than his brother and earned a level of critical respect never achieved by Tony Scott. "Gladiator" won the best-picture Academy Award for 2000 and earned Ridley Scott one of his three best-director nominations; Tony Scott never was in the running for an Oscar, and critics often slammed his movies for emphasizing style over substance.

The two brothers ran Scott Free Productions and were working jointly on a film called "Killing Lincoln," based on the best seller by Bill O'Reilly. Their company produced the CBS dramas "NUMB3RS" and "The Good Wife" as well as a 2011 documentary about the Battle of Gettysburg for the History Channel.

Besides "Unstoppable," Scott worked with Washington on four other movies: "Crimson Tide," ''Man on Fire," Deja Vu" and "The Taking of Pelham 123."

In a tweet Sunday, director Ron Howard said, "No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day."

Other Scott films include "True Romance," written by Quentin Tarantino, "The Fan," with Robert De Niro, and "Enemy of the State," starring Will Smith.

Scott was married to actress Donna Scott, who appeared in several of her husband's films. They have twin sons.

Completed in 1963, the 6,060-foot Vincent Thomas Bridge links rises 185 feet at its highest point above the Los Angeles Harbor. Many have taken their lives by jumping from the span.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

He probably killed himself because he could not stand seeing America destroyed by Obama.

Anonymous said...

Vincent Thomas Bridge which is over 6,000' tall!

(Standing on one end) 185' is still an impressive high dive!

Anonymous said...

6000 ft long not tall, unless you stand it on end.

Anonymous said...

6,060' long, 185' tall.

Anonymous said...

Tired of being here any more so he ended it. Wonder if this guy had an illness.

Anonymous said...

Goodbyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyye - splat

Anonymous said...

it's 6000 ft LONG, not tall. otherwise it'd be a real problem for airplanes.. and can unimagine being the inspector/bulb changer?

Anonymous said...

185 foot jump, not 6,000. No record here folks, just keep moving along.

Will baby brother have to find a taller bridge?

Anonymous said...

2 little rich fags who won't eat at chick fil a and a bisexual with big tits who drained him dry be it not sexually.

Anonymous said...

You been smokin', Shaved? Cuz you are high if you think that bridge is over a mile HIGH. Maybe it is 6000 feet tall when it is laying down? Oh,..... or did you mean 6000 ft long? Grab a cup of java Shaved. And if my wife looked like his wife and told me she was leaving me there is a chance I would jump too. I blame the woman.

Anonymous said...

I told the stupid fuck to use a stuntman......Is his wife dating yet?

Anonymous said...

Best guess is, the much younger wife wanted out.

Anonymous said...

The inside scoop is this, his wife found him and Tom Cruise in bed together. This is also the same reason Katie Holmes left Tom. Homosexuality is big in that circle. It will come out in the next few weeks.

Anonymous said...

guys who wear ballcaps with suits are retards!

Anonymous said...

I heard he yelled "CUT!" halfway down.

Anonymous said...

I gave him a 6.5 on his two and a half gainer from the tuck position.I hope George Clooney is the next contestant, followed by Sean Penn and Jane Fonda.

Anonymous said...

He probably jumped when he heard that PPO Bilski was looking for him so he could drain him of his nut juice.

Anonymous said...

Bye world.

I Voted For Obama said...

A permanent solution to a temporary problem.

prince2109 said...

he said he would make a big splash

Anonymous said...

sad

Anonymous said...

he offed himself with a hot porno looking mama like that,for shame

Anonymous said...

His wife was dating everyone in hollywood but him, true story.

Anonymous said...

I was right. Tony was recently diagnosed with cancer. Pretty spectacular way to go but that was his choice. Could say he wanted to make a big splash. Why suffer with cancer when there is a way out. RIP.

Anonymous said...

"Hold my beer and watch this!"

BTW Phillis Diller-"She Gone!"

Anonymous said...

Guess he felt a need for speed.

Anonymous said...

A movie called jumper should be made. His life story all the facts don't have to be right it Hollywood. But at the end he jumps like in real life.

Anonymous said...

Is the wife busy this weekend. I could make her forget about all her troubles

Anonymous said...

Update: No brain cancer abc wrongly broadcast a rumor according to family.
So it was Drugs and the I believe I can fly song stuck in his head.

Anonymous said...

The rumor was started here why would abc be reading this blog?

Anonymous said...

cornhole eater: the art of eating assholes

Anonymous said...

Fuck! I loved Days of Thunder and True Romance!

Oh well... RIP Hollywood dude.

Anonymous said...

I wanna fuck his wife...hottt

Anonymous said...

True Romance was a kick ass movie,,stupid name but violent good movie witha lot of A list actors

Anonymous said...

How is obama destroying America any more than bush did??