On Sunday afternoon around 12:30pm PST, director Tony Scott, 68, apparently committed suicide after jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California. Scott, the younger brother of director Ridley Scott, became a household name and Hollywood A-List director after directing Top Gun. Top Gun shot Tom Cruise to international stardom and helped launch Scott’s career to another level.
He would go on to direct box office and cult hits Beverly Hills Cop 2, Days of Thunder, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, and most recently Unstoppable.
Tony Scott was never considered a critically-loved director, nor was he ever nominated for an Academy Award, but nearly all of his films went on to major box office success. Almost always seen in his trademark red baseball cap, Scott also served as a successful producer, most recently on brother Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Tony Scott is survived by his wife and two sons.