Anthony David Leighton "Tony" Scott (21 June 1944 19 August 2012) was a British director best known for making films in the action genre, most notably Top Gun, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Spy Game and Man on Fire. Younger brother of fellow filmmaker Ridley Scott. He committed suicide at age 69 on August 19, 2012, having been unable to deal with the pain of a cancer he was experiencing.
Films directed by Tony Scott:
- The Hunger (1983)
- Top Gun (1986)
- Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
- Revenge (1990)
- Days of Thunder (1990)
- The Last Boy Scout (1991)
- True Romance (1993)
- Crimson Tide (1995)
- The Fan (1996)
- Enemy of the State (1998)
- Spy Game (2001)
- Man on Fire (2004)
- Domino (2005)
- Déjà Vu (2006)
- The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (2009)
- Unstoppable (2010)
Series directed/produced by Tony Scott
- AFP American Fighter Pilot (2002)
- NUMB3RS (2005-2010)
- The Good Wife (2009-2012)
- The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
Tony Scott and his works provide examples of:
- Pigeonholed Director: Tony stuck mostly to action and suspense-thriller movies.
- Production Posse: Was an established director in Jerry Bruckheimer's stable of filmmakers, and directed Denzel Washington in five movies. He was also fond of casting Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer and James Gandolfini, all of whom appeared in True Romance.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With his older brother Ridley. While Ridley made more of a personal stamp on his work, Tony was criticized for being a "gun-for-hire". While Ridley dabbled in various genres, Tony exclusively stayed in the action genre.
- Signature Style: High-octane action featuring heroes stacked against strong odds who always win in the end. Bonus points if Jerry Bruckheimer is involved.