Director Tony Scott Commits Suicide, Dies at Age 68

The 'Top Gun' filmmaker committed suicide by jumping the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California earlier today.
Director Tony Scott dies at age 68
Director Tony Scott dies at age 68
Filmmaker Tony Scott passed away earlier today at age 68 after an apparent suicide. The director jumped from the top of the Vincent Thomas Bridge that runs between San Pedro and Terminal Island near Long Beach, CA at just after 12:30 PM today.

According to L.A. Times, his body was pulled out of the water by Los Angeles Port Police, who were the first on the scene. Several witnesses told police they saw Scott get out of his Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge. Then he scaled an 8- to 10-foot fence and jumped off without any hesitation, law enforcement sources said.

A source said officials looked inside the car and determined it belonged to the famed action-movie director and producer. A note listing contact information was inside. A suicide note was later found in his office. Its contents were not revealed.

After directing short films and TV episodes in the 1970s, the filmmaker made his feature debut with The Hunger in 1983. His follow-up was the blockbuster Top Gun that put him and star Tom Cruise on the map. His other credits include Beverly Hills Cop 2, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire, and 2010's Unstoppable.

Tony Scott was also a prolific TV producer as well, serving as executive producer on Numb3rs and the current CBS hit series The Good Wife. He also produced The Andromeda Strain mini-series and The Pillars of the Earth.

The director was also developing the sequel Top Gun 2. He also executive produced the upcoming A&E mini-series Coma, with his brother Ridley Scott. He is survived by his wife, actress Donna W. Scott, and his twin sons.


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Comments (59)

  1. the Narrator

    There's little I can do in this situation, but express my own sorrow at such a passing. I grew up with some of Tony Scott's best films, and he still had plenty of talent in him. I truthfully can't pretend to know what may have driven him to such actions, but I can embrace his career and gift to film lovers the world over by enjoying his films as they should be enjoyed.

    As for the people wondering hwy he might have killed himself if he was rich and famous... get some depth, people. I'm neither financially rich nor strongly successful at the moment, but I know that money and fame are fleeting at best, hollowing at worst. If anything, I dare say he might have had it harder, mentally, than most of us.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  2. Vanboy

    Loved The Last Boy Scout. That's too bad that he (obviously) felt there was no option. The bad news from the doctors must have hit him pretty hard. I hope he finds peace. Send good thoughts to Ridley Scott and the rest of Tony Scott's family. This will probably affect Ridley's future movies. I wonder is the Promethious sequel will have to wait. Well, one thing you can say about Tony Scott, he faced death down and went out the way of HIS choosing.

    2 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  3. Brian

    @Roy-Red Yeah, so crazy! In my head at this point, to me it just makes him more of badass. He went out his way, and not the way some terminal illness was going to dictate he should go.

    2 years agoby @brianFlag

  4. SherlockHolmes2009

    RIP Tony. During his funeral I hope they play that famous Top Gun music

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  5. slysnide

    RIP Tony Scott. I only recently discovered your films, and loved them. Still do. So tragic.

    2 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  6. m2

    Hard to believe. Wow.

    2 years agoby @m2Flag

  7. Mieko_Siede

    Wow, I honestly don't know what to say. There is no way of telling what was going through his mind. We will never know what he was dealing with that would drive him to such an extreme. I've never condoned suicide. There's always someone closest to a person that suffers. My heart truly goes out to the family and their healing process. May his films go on to continue to touch generations of fans and aspiring film makers alike.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  8. Roy Red

    @brian You were totally right about this.

    2 years agoby @Roy-RedFlag

  9. Xenon

    RIP Mr Scott

    2 years agoby @xenon56Flag

  10. ChiRep_1

    That's a damn shame, such an accomplished director. RIP

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  11. Zeeman1

    Rich, successful and well respected.

    Why?

    2 years agoby @zeeman1Flag

  12. The_Crow2k

    I literally have no words ....may you find peace.

    2 years agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  13. skywise

    So tragic. I am stunned. RIP Mr. Scott.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  14. THE JOKER

    wow... very, very sad! RIP my friend! You will survive the ages with your brilliant films!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  15. Escapist

    Can't believe that, really feeling for his family. R.I.P. Tony.

    2 years agoby @escapistFlag

  16. artkid04

    this is so sad, i just, I can't believe he did this, this is just terrible

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  17. Pjwolsker

    Damn, thats just sad. Some of the movies he made were my favorite. He was such a great filmmaker and he will definitely be missed.

    2 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  18. CelluloidDreams

    Do not grieve at the passing of mortality, for life's but a thing of terrible gravity.And the planets gravitate around you,and the stars shall dance about you, and the angels in heaven adore you, and the saints all stand and applaud you.

    So faraway, so faraway and yet so close.

    Nick Cave, "Far Away, So Close"

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  19. jasdjqs

    wow. so sad, movies he touched were special

    2 years agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  20. MovieManiac

    Loved this man as a filmmaker. R.I.P. I'm still in shock. Great filmmaker. Such tragic news.

    2 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  21. CelluloidDreams

    ...WOW!!...Sad day for Hollywood!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  22. Michael Johnson

    *stunned silence* R.I.P Mr. Scott, may you reach heaven at least an hour before the devil knows your dead.

    2 years agoby @Michael-Johnson-71524429Flag

  23. u1sart

    sad news... but i dont feel sorry for people who take their own lives.. no matter wat the situation is..

    2 years agoby @u1sartFlag

  24. phatalphd

    Sad News, Hollywood lost a great guy today. Makes me wonder what drove him to that point, seeing as he was pretty successful

    2 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

  25. Mwheeler1324

    Truely a great director and will be missed by fans friends and family. R.I.P

    2 years agoby @mwheeler1324Flag

  26. K.Guy

    I loved this guy! :( R.I.P

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  27. PUNISHER

    This is so sad. One of my all time favorites. RIP Mr. Scott. Damn.

    2 years agoby @cerealkillerFlag

  28. Err

    this is so sad.
    i loved tony scott, he directed two of my all time favorite movies (true romance and the last boyscout) and we shared the same birthday.

    2 years agoby @err2005Flag

  29. Zak Lee Ferguson

    1. Your movies had prose, heart, noise, spectacle, Top Gun 2 was eagerly AWAITING YOUR BIDDING but when it was your time- as you must have felt i suppose we must take that much. But cinema has lost a genuine cinema icon, his flawless aesthetic, his jump cuts and spiraling edits that both inspired and bowled over Edgar Wright and Pegg. My heart goes out for his family, and i hope his legacy lives on RIP Tony. :(

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  30. Bill Louis

    RIP

    2 years agoby @Bill-LouisFlag

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