Tony Scott, director of Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop 2, commits suicide
Tony Scott, the British director who in the '80s gave us Top Gun, The Hunger and Beverly Hills Cop II, jumped to his death in Southern California on Sunday. He was 68.
The L. A Times reports: "Several witnesses told police they saw Scott get out of his Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge, about 12:30 p.m. Then he scaled an 8- to 10-foot fence and jumped off without any hesitation, law enforcement sources said."
Several media are reporting that a suicide note was found in Scott's office; the contents have not been revealed. It's not yet known if Scott was suffering from any physical or mental illness or depression.
Scott, the brother of director Ridley Scott, was a low-key presence in Hollywood, according to those writing about him. A quiet man, his best known trademarks are his faded, red ballcap and a cigar.
Simon Halls, a publicist who represents the Scott brothers, confirmed the death to CNN.
"The family asks for privacy during this time," Halls said.
His debute feature was 1983's The Hunger, but Scott's calling card has remained Top Gun, one of the biggest movies of 1986 and the film that turned Tom Cruise into a superstar.
Of course, Scott's work continued past the '80s. In 1990, he directed Cruise again along with Nicole Kidman in Days of Thunder. He worked with Denzel Washington often, including Crimson Tide and most recently in 2010's Unstoppable. At the time of his death, he had just finished Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale and he was working on a mini-series version of Coma. He also worked with his brother as a producer on projects including The A-Team and Prometheus.
Despite his box office successes, Scott was never nominated for an Academy Award.