I've written quite a few obituaries this summer, but none that I've really found that shocking. Most of the TV legends to pass were in their 70's and 80's, and like it or not, that's usually when the grim reaper comes for us all. Yet, today's story is indeed quite different. Today's passenger on the afterlife express booked a ticket of his own accord, and got his seat by hurling himself off a bridge.
68-year-old British-born director/producer Tony Scott (brother of Ridley) was found dead on Sunday afternoon, after jumping off L.A. County's Vincent Thomas Bridge. The police received a 911 call around 12:30 PM, about a man seen leaping off the bridge. The man's body was recovered at about 3pm, and the body was later identified as that of Anthony "Tony" Davis Scott. Police are confident that Scott's death was a suicide, and that no foul play was involved. Other reports say that written contact information was found inside Scott's Prius that was parked nearby, and an actual suicide note was found inside Scott's L.A. office. However, those last two bits of information have yet to be officially confirmed by police.
I just don't understand this. Recent reports had Scott being excited about directing an upcoming sequel to Top Gun, and about working with star Tom Cruise again. I'd assume the film will now not go forward. Tony and Ridley also have a highly-anticipated mini-series adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel Coma coming out soon. If the details of Scott's suicide note are ever released, I will be very interested to find out the reasoning behind his decision to end his life so suddenly. Then again, it may not make sense to anyone but Tony, as suicide rarely does.
This is the part where I usually do a brief career run-down of the deceased, but I'm sure most of you guys are familiar with Scott's work. Here's a quick listing of the highlights:
Films Directed - The Hunger, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Days Of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, The Fan, Enemy Of The State, Spy Game, Man On Fire, Domino, Deja Vu, The Taking Of Pelham 123, Unstoppable
TV Shows Worked On - The Hunger (Director-Producer), Numbers (Director-Producer), The Pillars Of The Earth (Producer), World Without End (Producer), The Good Wife (Producer)
Tony Scott, 1944-2012