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Tony Scott

Tony Scott has created a series of landmark action films, mastering the balance of technical virtuosity with an exuberant sense of tempo. Scott, a member of the exclusive club of billion dollar-grossing directors, has been one of mainstream Hollywood's more reliable and stylish action filmmakers since the mid-1980s. With multiple high profile projects set for release and many more in development, Scott shows no sign of slowing the pace.

Most recently, Scott directed the box office hit The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 for Columbia Pictures. Previous to The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Scott directed Déjà Vu, which marked Scott's third collaboration with Denzel Washington and his sixth collaboration with Jerry Bruckheimer. In 1995, Scott directed Crimson Tide, starring Washington and Gene Hackman and produced by Bruckheimer, which received both critical and popular acclaim. Scott went on to direct Washington again in the 2004 action thriller Man on Fire, this time alongside Dakota Fanning and Christopher Walken.

Scott made his feature debut in 1983 with the modern vampire story The Hunger, starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. The movie was adapted as a trilogy for Showtime in 1998, in which Scott directed one episode starring Giovanni Ribisi and David Bowie. In 1986, Scott directed Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in the mega-blockbuster Top Gun, whose stunning aerial sequences helped make the film a global success. Scott confirmed his place as one of Hollywood's premiere action directors the following year with Beverly Hills Cop II, starring Eddie Murphy.

Scott's ability to mine box office gold from a deft blending of material and talent was evident in Touchstone Pictures' Enemy of the State. Reuniting Scott with Gene Hackman and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the political thriller starring Will Smith became one of the biggest hits of 1998. In 2001, Scott directed Universal's Spy Game, a taut, ambitious thriller that reunited screen giants Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. In 2005, after years of development, Scott finally brought his beloved project Domino to the screen with an all-star cast lead by Kiera Knightley portraying real life bounty hunter Domino Harvey.

Scott's additional film credits include: Revenge (1988), with Kevin Costner and Anthony Quinn; Days Of Thunder (1990), starring Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall; The Last Boy Scout (1991), with Bruce Willis; the critically acclaimed True Romance (1993), starring Christian Slater, Roseanna Arquette and Christopher Walken, with a script by Quentin Tarantino; and The Fan (1996), starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes.

Born in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England, Scott attended the Sunderland Art School, where he received a fine arts degree in painting. While completing a yearlong post-graduate study at Leeds College, he developed an interest in cinematography and made One of the Missing, a half hour film financed by the British Film Institute and based on an Ambrose Bierce short story. He then went on to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree at the Royal College of Arts, completing another film for the British Film Institute, Loving Memory, from an original script financed by Albert Finney.

In 1973, Scott partnered with brother Ridley to form the London-based commercial production company, RSA. Over the next decade, Scott created some of the world's most entertaining and memorable commercials, honing his film vocabulary and picking up every major honor in the field, including: a number of Clio awards, several Silver and Gold Lion Awards from the Cannes International Television/Cinema Commercials Festival, and London's prestigious Designers & Art Directors Award. While working as a commercial director, Scott also made three movies for television: two documentaries and a one-hour special entitled Author of Beltraffio from the story by Henry James. In 2002, under the RSA banner, Scott produced a series of stylish short film adver-tainments for automaker BMW starring Clive Owen. Scott himself directed one of these shorts entitled Beat the Devil, which featured Owen, James Brown and Gary Oldman.

In 1995, the two brothers went on to form the film and television production company Scott Free. With offices in Los Angeles and London, the Scott's have produced such films as The A Team, In Her Shoes, Tristan + Isolde and the Academy Award-nominated "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," starring Brad Pitt. They also executive produce the hit CBS series Numbers, which earlier this year wrapped its fifth and final season, as well as the critically acclaimed new series The Good Wife for CBS.

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Tony Scott Facts

OccupationDirector, Producer
BirthdayJuly 21, 1944
BirthplaceStockton-on-Tees, England, United Kingdom
Date of deathAugust 19, 2012 (age 68)

Selected Filmography

Top Gun
Days of Thunder
Beverly Hills Cop II
Trust Metric
Deja Vu
Man On Fire
Crimson Tide
True Romance
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