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Obituary: Director Tony Scott Dead At 68 - Movies In Focus
Tony Scott, the hugely successful Hollywood producer and director of films such as Top Gun and Enemy of the State has passed away at the age of 68. Reports indicate that Scott took his own life by leaping from a bridge in Los Angeles, California. He is survived by his wife Donna Scott and his two children. Born Anthony Scott on June 1st 1944, he followed in the footsteps of his older brother, director Ridley Scott, by attending Art College. He then made his way into the advertising industry, working for his brother’s company, Ridley Scott Associates. Scott made his big screen directing debut with the ultra-stylish vampire film, The Hunger which starred Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon and David Bowie. The film was unsuccessful at the box office, but it did highlight the director’s visual style. The financial failure of the film saw Scott return to directing commercials; however one of these commercials caught the eye of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, who decided that Scott had the visual panache to direct their next feature, the Tom Cruise starrer Top Gun. Top Gun was a massive success, grossing over $176 million at the US box office and more than [...]