Director Tony Scott Dies in Apparent Suicide [UPDATE]

Peter Martin, Managing Editor
[ABC News is now reporting that Scott had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer shortly before his suicide. UPDATE TWO: Tony Scott's widow is denying ABC's report of brain cancer.]

Tony Scott, the director who made Top Gun, True Romance, Man on Fire, and Unstoppable has died after jumping from a bridge in San Pedro, California.

Scott, 68, left a suicide note in his car before climbing a fence and leaping to his death. He and his older brother, director Ridley Scott, were busy as TV producers as well as filmmakers. There is much more that could and will be be said about the director, his work, and his influence, but right now there is this:

Tony Scott leaves behind his wife and two young sons.

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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Scott, 68, left a suicide note in his car before climbing a fence and leaping to his death."

    I was shocked by this news.....Tony Scott was the last guy I ever thought, would kill himself. But braincancer is no laughing matter, RIP Mr Scott thanks for all the great memories.

  • Guest

    An absolute tragedy and thanks Peter for highlighting the most important part of this tragic story. My heart goes out to his family.



    I came late to Tony Scott's movies, and only recently watched Man on Fire, The Last Boy Scout, Crimson Tide, Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop II for the first time. It was a gleeful pleasure discovering and enjoying these myself, and finding out they stand up to time.

  • James Marsh

    Very sad indeed. A younger version of me would claim to prefer Tony's work to that of his brother, and I've always had a soft spot for his constantly evolving and trend-setting aesthetic. The man's signature style defined the look of 80s action Cinema and he pioneered shaky-cam editing (for good or ill) long before Paul Greengrass came along.

    We will always have TOP GUN, REVENGE, THE LAST BOY SCOUT, TRUE ROMANCE, CRIMSON TIDE, ENEMY OF THE STATE and many more besides. Sadly, we will never have any more from this true stylist of action cinema. May Michael Bay and countless others be forever in his debt.

    I really must finally get around to watching THE HUNGER now. No more excuses.

  • Qinlong

    I'm not afraid to say I much prefer Tony Scott's fairly consistent filmography to the high highs and low lows of his brother's. And I'm not saying that out of some kind of exaggerated sense of eulogy.

  • arturo

    My jaw hit the ground when i read this very sad news, Tony Scott was an awesome director, so many of his movies are on my DVD/BLU-RAY shelf, i read somewhere that he had some sort of terminal brain cancer? But suicide is not the answer...Sad day for the movie world..

  • Qinlong

    Horrible news. The man knew how to direct the hell out of a movie and make it feel different, fresh and edgy. My thoughts are with his family.

    But really, why ?

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