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Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott Mostly Credited As: Ridley Scott
Sometimes Credited As: Sir Ridley Scott

Date Of Birth: November 30, 1937 (Age 76)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England
Height: 5' 8 ½" (1.73 m)


Sir Ridley Scott was a set designer and TV commercial director before he became a famous film director. Scott studied film and arts at the West Hartlepool College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. He then began to work for BCC television and eventually making commercials. He soon left to pursue a career in films. His director debut came in 1977 when he directed The Duelists. But his breakout work wouldn’t come until his second film, when he was asked to direct a soon to be Sci-Fi/horror classic, Alien. The film was praised by critics and is hailed as one of the scariest film ever made. Scott directed another Sci-Fi film in his third try, Blade Runner (1982), a story that sets in a futuristic Los Angeles. His elaborate skill in visual effects would soon be his artistic signature. However, Scott’s next couple of films wasn’t very successful. So he decided to move away from the action genre and did a romantic triller in 1991, Thelma and Louise. The film was the talk of the country during the summer of that year and earned him his first Oscar nomination for Best Director. In 1993, he released the director’s cut for Blade Runner and is considered to be greatly improved from his original version. In 1995, he and his brother Tony Scott form a television production company called Scott Free Productions in Los Angeles. In 2000, Scott brought the epic sword fighting in the Roman Coliseum to life in Gladiator, which went on to get nominated for 12 Oscars and went on to win 5 of them. Although Scott didn't win Best Director, the film did win Best Picture. In 2001, he brought New York Times Bestseller, Hannibal, to live, the highly anticipated sequel to the Oscar winner Silence of the Lambs. Also in the same year, he directed Black Hawk Down, a trilling war drama that earned him another Oscar nomination for Best Director. Scott went back to television in 2005, as one of the executive producers of the show Numb3rs, a unique crime solving drama that involves a mathmatician who helps the police to solve crime. The show became a success on it's first year and it currently airs on Friday at 10 PM ET on CBS.


TV Appearances

Main cast 
Prophets Of Science Fiction (2011)As: Himself (Host)
Episode Cast Credits 

The Directors (1999) 
  Ridley Scott 02x32: (May/01/2004) As Himself 

Hollywood Greats (1977) 
  Richard Harris 05x02: (Mar/15/2004) As Himself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 74th Annual Academy Awards 50x01: (Mar/24/2002) As Nominee: Best Director, [Co-Guest Stars]
  The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 49x01: (Mar/25/2001) As Nominee: Best Director, [Co-Guest Stars]

Omnibus (1967) 
  Dino De Laurentiis: The Last Movie Mogul 35x09: (Mar/31/2001) As Himself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


AFP: American Fighter Pilot (2002)• Executive Producer
Numb3rs (2005)• Executive Producer
Out of the Unknown (1965)• Designer
The Company (2007)• Executive Producer
The Andromeda Strain (2008)• Executive Producer
The Good Wife (2009)• Executive Producer
Arc (2010)• Executive Producer
Nomads (2010)• Executive Producer
Coma (2012)• Executive Producer
Criminology (2010)• Executive Producer
Labyrinth (2013) (2013)• Producer
• Executive Producer
Man In The High Castle (2013)• Executive Producer
Raiders (2013)• Executive Producer
Killing Kennedy (2013)• Executive Producer
Strange Angel (2014)• Executive Producer
Taboo (UK) (2014)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew


Z Cars (1962) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Error Of Judgement 11x05 May/03/1977 As: Director
The Troubleshooters (UK) (1965) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
If He Hollers, Let Him Go 05x04 Jan/27/1969 As: Director
Adam Adamant Lives! (1966) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
 
The Resurrectionists 02x11 Mar/11/1967 As: Director
Death Begins at Seventy 02x08 Feb/18/1967 As: Director
The League of Uncharitable Ladies 01x13 Sep/22/1966 As: Director
Trivia

Frequently works with Composer Hans Zimmer.

While filming "Gladiator", producer Dino De Laurentiis and Martha De Laurentiis visited Scott and asked if he would like to direct "Hannibal". Scott read the novel, was impressed by it, and eventually agreed to do it.

Believes "Gladiator", "Alien", and "Hannibal" are fine the original cut and won't need to put the deleted scenes back in for a better movie. So essentially his first cut of those films are his Director's Cut.

Unable to attend the New York premiere of "Hannibal" because her mom just passed away.

After several "A-list" directors passed on "Alien", the producers went to Ridley Scott and he accepted it. Scott only directed "The Dualist" before he work on "Alien".

Wanted to cast actors for "Alien" that wouldn't need much help from him so he can concentrate on the visual effects.

Drew the first story boards for the film "Alien" and presented to FOX. The studio was so impressed that they doubled the budget from $4.2 million to $8.4 million.

Knighted in the 2003 New Year Honours.

5 of the Scott's family members are currently directors, all of them work for RSA.

Height: 5' 7½"

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