Ridley Scott

Film Director and Producer
Born Nov 30, 1937

Sir Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. His best-known films include Scott's commercial breakthrough Alien (1979), sci-fi classic Blade Runner (1982), Black Rain (1989), Thelma & Louise (1991), best picture Oscar-winner Gladiator (2000), Hannibal (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), American Gangster (2007), Robin Hood (2010), and Prometheus (2012).… Read More

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1937 Birth Scott was born 30 November 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear in the North East of England, the son of Elizabeth and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. … Read More


1963 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1963 Scott was named in title credits as "Designer" for the BBC television programme Tonight, about the severe winter of 1963.
1964 26 Years Old Ridley Scott was married to Felicity Heywood from 1964 to 1975. … Read More
1965 27 Years Old In 1965, he began directing episodes of television series for the BBC, only one of which, an episode of Adam Adamant Lives!, is available commercially. (He directed two others, but these have been wiped.)


1968 30 Years Old In 1968, Ridley and Tony Scott founded Ridley Scott Associates (RSA), a film and commercial production company.
1974 36 Years Old Working alongside Alan Parker, Hugh Hudson and cinematographer Hugh Johnson Ridley Scott made many commercials at RSA during the 1970s, including a notable 1974 Hovis advert, "Bike Round" (featuring the New World Symphony), set in the north of England but filmed in Shaftesbury, Dorset. … Read More


1979 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Scott had originally planned next to adapt a version of Tristan and Iseult, but after seeing Star Wars, he became convinced of the potential of large scale, effects-driven films. He accepted the job of directing Alien, the 1979 horror/science-fiction film that would win him international success. … Read More
1984 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984 Scott directed a big-budget ($900,000) television commercial to launch the Apple Macintosh computer.
1985 47 Years Old In 1985 Scott directed Legend, a fantasy film produced by Arnon Milchan. … Read More
1987 49 Years Old Scott made Someone to Watch Over Me, a romantic thriller starring Tom Berenger and Mimi Rogers in 1987, and Black Rain (1989), a police drama starring Michael Douglas and Andy García, shot partially in Japan. … Read More


1995 57 Years Old In 1995 Ridley and his brother Tony formed a production company, Scott Free Productions, in Los Angeles. … Read More


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Unhappy with the theatrical version of the film (which he blamed on paying too much attention to the opinions of preview audiences), Scott supervised a director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven, which was released on DVD in 2006.
2008 70 Years Old In late 2008 Scott released espionage thriller Body of Lies starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Crowe once again, which opened to luke-warm ticket-sales and mixed reviews. Scott directed a revisionist adaptation of Robin Hood, which starred Russell Crowe as Robin Hood and Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian. It was released in the United States in May 2010 to mixed reviews, but a respectable box-office.
2009 71 Years Old 1 More Event
On 31 July 2009, news surfaced of a two-part prequel to Alien with Scott attached to direct. … Read More
2010 72 Years Old On 6 July 2010, YouTube announced the launch of Life in a Day, an experimental documentary executive produced by Scott. … Read More
In 2012, Ridley Scott produced the commercial for Lady Gaga's upcoming fragrance, "Fame." … Read More
2013 75 Years Old 1 More Event
On 24 June 2013 Ridley Scott's series "Crimes of the Century" debuted on CNN.
2014 76 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Scott informed the Variety publication in November 2014 that he was no longer the director for the film and would only fulfill a producer's role.
…  In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Royal College of Art in London. … Read More
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