‘Top Gun’ director Tony Scott dead after jumping off bridge

Tony Scott “Top Gun” director Tony Scott fatally jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro on Sunday afternoon, according to Los Angeles police sources.

His body was pulled out of the water by Los Angeles Police Department, California Highway Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard officials.

[Updated at 9:42 p.m.: Investigators found a note in his car, which was parked on the bridge. That note listed contact information. They later found a suicide note at his office. An earlier version of this story said the suicide note was found in his car.]

Law enforcement sources said several witnesses saw Scott, the brother of director Ridley Scott, climb over a fence on the bridge and jump off.

The coroner’s office identified him Sunday evening.

Scott was a respected action-movie director who also made “Enemy of the State,” “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “Crimson Tide.”


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    sputnik 12 years ago


    I have seen a few movies directed by Tony Scott. Liked Man on Fire a lot. Liked Top Gun too. Spy Game was ok.

    Liked Revenge too which was remade by Rakesh Roshan twice – first as Koyla and then as Kites. Ending of Revenge was somewhat disturbing.

  2. Milind 12 years ago

    Nothing beats True Romance Sputnik. That is a class conjunction of Tarantino’s script and Scott’s direction!

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      sputnik 12 years ago

      Its weird but I missed out on that one.

      • Milind 12 years ago

        You havn’t watched it yet or You forgot to mention here??

  3. Milind 12 years ago

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      sputnik 12 years ago

      Have seen that scene before. Also the last scene which was the inspiration for the final scene in Delhi Belly.

  4. hithere 12 years ago


  5. Suprabh 12 years ago


    He directed one of my fav Masala movies (in the league of Pulp Fiction) — True Romance. Incidentally True Romance was written by Quentin Tarantino. The Scene posted above by milind, is one of the best situational masala cracker of a scene. PLease do give it a watch.

  6. prg 12 years ago

    True Romance and Crimson Tide are my all-time favorites… that scene from True Romance which Milind posted is one of my most favorite scenes in movies…

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    sputnik 12 years ago
  8. Serenzy 12 years ago

    Havent Seen Any f His Movies yet.

    He is Ridley Scott’s Brother naa?
    I Love Ridley Scott’s Alien, Black Hawk Dawn, American Gangster, Gladiator.

    Prometheus & Robin Hood were a Huge Letdown but he is a Fab Director IMO.

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    sputnik 12 years ago

    ‘”He’s a bull, and I am too. Nothing takes him down. We have enormous pain resistance.”

    Those were the last words Tony Scott spoke to this reporter during a conversation in April for a profile of his brother Ridley — and in the wake of his apparent suicide on Aug. 19 at the age of 68, they have taken on a haunting resonance.’

    ‘Like Ridley, Tony made commercials for many years before getting his first feature, the 1983 vampire tale The Hunger, starring Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon and David Bowie. And it was another three years before his career really took flight with the box-office success of Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise. Finally, at age 43, Tony had cracked the A-list. But why did it take so long?

    “I was finishing eight years at art school and Ridley had opened Ridley Scott Associates and said, ‘Come and make commercials and make some money’ — because I owed money left and right and center,” Tony explained. “My goal was to make films; but I got sidetracked into commercials and then I took off — I had 15 years [making them] and it was a blast. We were very prolific, and that was our training ground: You’d shoot 100 days in a year, then we gravitated from that to film.”

    No matter how different Tony and Ridley’s films, their bond remained intact. “We are very close; he is my best friend,” Tony said. “It’s been a brother-mentor relationship. But Rid and I are as tight as it can get. We are very tight and have had a brilliant relationship.”‘


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