Wednesday, 22 August 2012

In Memory of Tony Scott (1944-2012) (Updated)






Tony Scott (1944-2012)


Hello, blog site viewers, this is
Film Guru Lad here, I have
very sad news, Tony Scott
the director of movies like
'Top Gun' and 'Crimson Tide'
and younger brother of
Ridley Scott, was killed
in an accidental suicide on
the 19th August 2012 at
the age of 68.

He began his career at age 16 when he appeared in a short film called 'Boy and Bicycle' which is also the first movie produced by his brother Ridley Scott. He then followed in his brother's footsteps, studying at various schools like Grangfield, West Hartlepool College of Art and Sunderland Art School. He graduated from the Royal College of Art where he fully intended to become a painter, but instead turned his attentions to film.  He worked at his elder brother's television commercial production unit where he directed thousands of commercials during the next two decades and also overseeing the company's operations while his brother is developing his feature film career. Tony also took time out in 1975 to direct a television adaptation of Henry James story 'The Author of Beltraffio' and then in 1980, he was beginning to receive overtures from Hollywood himself. In 1983, he directed a vampire film called 'The Hunger' which was a box-office disappointment and had failed to find audience, it was then in 1985 when producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson approached Tony to direct 'Top Gun' which was released in 1986 and starring Tom Cruise.

After 'Top Gun', he directed other films like 'Beverly Hills Cop II', 'Revenge', 'Days of Thunder', again with Cruise, 'The Last Boy Scout', 'Crimson Tide', 'Enemy of the State' and others. His last movie that Tony had directed in 2010 was the train movie starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine called 'Unstoppable'.



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