Tony Scott
English film director
Tony Scott
Anthony David "Tony" Scott was a British film director and producer from England. His films were generally more popular with audiences than critics, and include The Hunger (1983), Top Gun (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Days of Thunder (1990), The Last Boy Scout (1991), Crimson Tide (1995), Enemy of the State (1998), Spy Game (2001), Déjà Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) and Unstoppable (2010).
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Senator Richard Blumenthal among Recipients of CompTIA Excellence in Cybersecurity Award
Yahoo News - 5 months
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, today presented the CompTIA Excellence in Cybersecurity award at a breakfast ceremony to Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT); Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee; and Dr. Ray Letteer, Chief of the Cybersecurity Division of the Command, Control, Communications, and Computer (C4) Department at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.The breakfast also included remarks by Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott. ...
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Whistleblowers at risk when using US government websites
IT World - almost 2 years
More than two dozen U.S. government websites should be urgently upgraded to use encryption, as whistleblowers are potentially at risk, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. At least 29 websites that can be used for reporting abuse and fraud don’t use encryption, the ACLU said in a letter sent on Tuesday to the U.S.’s top technology chief, CIO Tony Scott. There has been a broad push recently to move websites to using SSL/TLS (secure sockets layer/transport security layer) encryption. Most e-commerce sites use SSL/TLS, but the case has grown stronger for its broader adoption because of a surge in state-sponsored espionage and cybercriminal activity. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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White House chooses VMware’s Tony Scott to be next U.S. CIO
Yahoo News - about 2 years
VMWare’s Tony Scott has been chosen to become the next U.S. chief information officer, according to a White House announcement on Thursday. Scott will follow in the footsteps of previous U.S. CIOs Vivek ...
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Why movie studios happily violate journalists’ copyright
Reuters.com - about 3 years
The white-goods queen of Eighth Avenue asks my opinion on @aoscott adgate. I take requests, over here, so: is it kosher for a movie producer to selectively quote from the Twitter feed of the NYT’s movie reviewer, in a print ad, even when the reviewer in question explicitly said he would not give permission? The simple answer is no. The tweet from Tony Scott was used in the NYT print ad precisely because he’s a public figure of authority to NYT readers. As a public figure, he’s entitled to determine when and whether he’s used to promote some commercial interest. Besides, the use of the tweet is arguably a violation both of copyright and of Twitter’s terms of service (which say that tweets can’t be used in advertising “without explicit permission of the original content creator”). The more complicated answer, however, is that this is a form of blurb, and blurbs from publications have been used — without either the publication or the author’s explicit consent — for decades. Reviewers ...
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The Snowden files: why the British public should be worried about GCHQ
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
When the Guardian offered John Lanchester access to the GCHQ files, the journalist and novelist was initially unconvinced. But what the papers told him was alarming: that Britain is sliding towards an entirely new kind of surveillance society In August, the editor of the Guardian rang me up and asked if I would spend a week in New York, reading the GCHQ files whose UK copy the Guardian was forced to destroy. His suggestion was that it might be worthwhile to look at the material not from a perspective of making news but from that of a novelist with an interest in the way we live now. I took Alan Rusbridger up on his invitation, after an initial reluctance that was based on two main reasons. The first of them was that I don't share the instinctive sense felt by many on the left that it is always wrong for states to have secrets. I'd put it more strongly than that: democratic states need spies. The philosopher Karl Popper, observing the second world war from his academic post in New Z ...
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Win Tickets to Top Down: Rooftop Cinema!
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Tomorrow night's rooftop Top Down screening is a good one: The Hunger, the late Tony Scott's 1983 vampire flick starring none other than David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, and Catherine Deneuve, whose last name always makes me feel like an asshole whenever I try to say it. (Something that makes me feel great, on the other hand, is the fact that the NW Film Center has paired up with Chipotle to make this screening happen. "We're looking for some sponsors!" "Well... okay. But only if we can put our name on that one movie where Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve do it.") I've got a pair of tickets to give away; to enter to win them, email me no later than 3 pm today, and make sure your subject line is "cruel elegance." If you win, know that you'll need to get there super early; these things get ridiculously busy. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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The Year's Biggest Cast Goes Bad
Popeater - over 3 years
What do Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have in common? They're starring in "The Counselor" for director Ridley Scott, a new violent thriller from writer Cormac McCarthy. The film, due out on Oct. 25, tells the story of lawyer (Fassbender) who gets in over his head when he decides to engage in some low-level drug trafficking. Violence, mayhem and cheetahs follow soon thereafter. McCarthy, the famed author who wrote "No Country For Old Men" among other pulp novels, makes his film screenwriting debut with "The Counselor." Based on the short teaser trailer, it's unclear whether the film will be among the year's top Oscar contenders. The pedigree, however, and the fact that "No Country For Old Men" won Best Picture at the 2008 Academy Awards put "The Counselor" on Oscar's immediate short list. Never mind that, at the moment, it looks more like something Ridley's late brother Tony Scott may have had a ball with. (See the 1990 thri ...
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James Gandolfini's Best Movie Roles
Popeater - over 3 years
James Gandolfini was best known for his work on the HBO series "The Sopranos," but the New Jersey-born star also enjoyed a fruitful film career. Gandolfini died on Wednesday in Italy at the age of 51. His death, first reported by Deadline.com, was the result of a fatal heart attack. Gandolfini's first credited role was as an orderly in the 1987 film "Shock! Shock! Shock!" He received major notices, however, for a small but memorable scene in the 1993 Tony Scott movie "True Romance." (Warning: Link NSFW.) Gandolfini reunited with Scott for "Crimson Tide" in 1995; that year also found him starring in "Get Shorty" as Bear, a gruff and physical bodyguard with a heart of gold. Other supporting parts in "A Civil Action," "8MM," "She's So Lovely," "The Juror" and "Night Falls On Manhattan" soon followed. After winning the role of Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos" in 1999, Gandolfini took a break from films. He returned in 2001's "The Mexican," playing a key role opposite Jul ...
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Microsoft - A Compelling Trade
The Street - over 3 years
Lindsey: All Things D reported earlier this week that Microsoft (MSFT) is considering a restructuring program that could reduce the number of operating divisions at the tech giant to four, from eight currently. Late last year, the company announced plans to s shift its focus to devices and services, including internet-based products, the Surface and Xbox, and away from the Windows platform. The management suite has seen a bit of a shake-up recently, with the departure of CFO Peter Klein which was announced in April and the announcement this week that CIO Tony Scott will be leaving. There is speculation that Satya Nadella, head of the server business, Don Mattrick, who runs Xbox, and Tony Bates, president of Skype will have more prominent roles in the executive suite going forward. In April, activist investor ValueAct Holdings LP disclosed a stake of about $2 billion in MSFT (less than 1% of the shares outstanding). ValueAct has been known for seeking board seats or asking for other ...
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Microsoft CIO Tony Scott steps down to ‘focus on personal projects’
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Microsoft has confirmed the departure of chief information officer Tony Scott, who was in charge of the company’s internal IT operations for more than five years. In a statement to GeekWire, Microsoft acknowledged that Scott decided to leave the company to “focus on personal projects.” It was also confirmed that Jim Dubois, the company’s vice president of IT product and services management, will serve as interim CIO until a permanent successor is found. Scott said that he plans to continue training for his pilot’s instrument rating and “work on a couple of other long delayed personal projects.” He added that he plans to “go back to ‘work’ (in some form) in a few months.”
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Jim Hill: Vocal Cast for Disney's Planes Includes a Top Gun Reunion, Top Names From Stand-up Comedy
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
So how did Klay Hall wind up as director of Disney's Planes? First there was this train derailment ... Or should I say: First an earlier project that Hall was going to helm -- one built around a talking steam train -- got derailed. "This must have been June or July of 2009. I was just finishing up directing Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. And John Lasseter asked me what I wanted to do next," Klay remembered. "As it turns out, John and I are both big train buffs. So for a while there, we knocked around an idea for a movie that would kind of built off of the steam train from Dumbo.'Where this train would transport animals that could talk, and you'd only see the people who ran this steam train in shadow. It was a fun sounding concept, but the overall story never really jelled. So our steam train movie idea eventually wound up getting shelved." Still, Lasseter had so enjoyed doing story development with Hall that he immediately offered this CalArts alumni another proje ...
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What to see this weekend, Feb. 8
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
What to see this weekend, Feb. 8 Heading right into the "Danger Zone" - your local Imax theater - is the 1986 film that put the late director Tony Scott on the map and made Tom Cruise a box-office superstar. Al Pacino and Christopher Walken star as a couple of old hoods having a big night on the town in this well-written, extraordinarily well-cast and well-acted picture that blends drama and comedy. Pay attention to how even the small roles are detailed and defined - for example, Lucy Punch's as a brothel madam and Addison Timlin's as a waitress. The latest from tough-guy director Walter Hill is a Stallone movie about a hit man who teams with a callow cop to uncover a nest of corruption in New Orleans.
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‘Top Gun’ jets into IMAX 3-D: Insight into the conversion
The Business Journals - about 4 years
More than a quarter century since “Top Gun” first flew into theaters, eventually grossing more than $350 million worldwide, Maverick, Goose and Iceman are riding back into the danger zone. Tony Scott’s classic 1986 dogfighting actioner will play exclusively in IMAX 3-D for a six-day run prior to its release on Blu-ray. As the charismatic fighter pilots at the center of the drama set in an elite Navy flight school, Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards may have felt the need for speed, but Legend3D,…
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WATCH: The Tom Cruise Movie That Defined A Generation?
Popeater - about 4 years
Lest you think re-releasing "Top Gun" in 3D and IMAX for one week before it arrives on Blu-ray is nothing but a marketing trick, Big Voice Guy is here to set things straight. "This February, 'Top Gun' is in IMAX," BVG intones in the "Top Gun 3D" trailer with gravitas usually reserved for current films. "And, for the first time ever, experience the movie that defined a generation in 3D." See? "Top Gun" defined a generation, so it's cool. Otherwise, not much new here. "Top Gun" -- whether it's in 2D or 3D, or IMAX or your TV -- is still an incredible piece of big Hollywood filmmaking (the late Tony Scott directed) with a legitimate star turn at its center from Tom Cruise. Need for speed, etc. Watch the trailer above. "Top Gun 3D" is out in theaters from Feb. 8 to Feb. 13. The film gets a Blu-ray release on Feb. 19.
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WATCH: Every Pop Culture Reference He's Ever Made
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Long before Dan Harmon and Seth MacFarlane became famous for sprinkling random pop culture references in their work, Quentin Tarantino was regaling audiences on his meaning of Madonna's "Like a Virgin." The opening scene of "Reservoir Dogs" was not just the start of Tarantino's already lengthy career (20 years and counting), but also his onscreen infatuation with all things culture. To celebrate the release of "Django Unchained," the good folks at College Humor have put together a video compiling all of Tarantino's pop culture callouts in chronological order. (That's good news for people who like "Inglourious Basterds," as it gets heavy play in the video's first 30 seconds.) With the exception of "Django," all of Tarantino's directorial outings get a moment in the sun, including "Death Proof" and his segment of "Four Rooms." Tarantino's scripts for "True Romance" (directed by Tony Scott) and "From Dusk Till Dawn" (directed by Robert Rodriguez) are also spotlighted. (Favorit ...
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Brad Pitt's quirky, memorable performances
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Brad Pitt's quirky, memorable performances In collaboration with Rotten Tomatoes and its parent company, Flixster, The Chronicle presents the critical consensus of Brad Pitt's best-reviewed films. Director Bennett Miller, along with Pitt (as unconventional A's executive Billy Beane) and Jonah Hill, take a niche subject and turn it into a sharp, funny and touching portrait worthy of baseball lore. Fueled by Quentin Tarantino's savvy screenplay and a gallery of oddball performances - including Pitt as a clueless stoner - Tony Scott's "True Romance" is a funny and violent action jaunt in the best sense. The plot's a bit of a jumble, but excellent performances - particularly Pitt's twitchy turn as an institutionalized activist - and mind-blowing plot twists make this film a kooky, effective experience. Terrence Malick's singularly deliberate style may prove unrewarding for some, but for patient viewers, this movie is an emotional as well as visual treat, and Pitt ...
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Michael Giltz: DVD: Doctor Who Stumbles
Huffington Post - about 4 years
DOCTOR WHO SEASON SEVEN PART ONE ($24.98 DVD; BBC) -- Ever since Russell T. Davies brilliantly rebooted Doctor Who with a deadly serious Christopher Eccleston, we've been spoiled. Eccleston bolted unceremoniously (and unfortunately) after just one season. But he was replaced by David Tennant, who was widely and immediately (and correctly) hailed as "the best Doctor ever!" A decent budget didn't in fact spoil the show and the series was cool and smart and fun. God help the person who has to follow Tennant, I thought, only to have Matt Smith step in and be widely and immediately (and pretty much correctly) hailed as "the best Doctor ever!" All praise due to Tennant but Smith has built on what Tennant created and the show went from strength to strength. It reached a new peak in season six with a long arc that was rich in drama and portent. Some episodes were stand-alone (and weaker for it) but almost all of them pushed the major story forward with relentless energy to a thrill ...
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The PhilmGuy’s DVD Review: ‘Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection,’ ‘The Expendables 2’
Ok Magazine - over 4 years
Photo credit:  Courtesy of Lionsgate/Miramax Ancient Aliens: Season 4 — A&E's ridiculous but fascinating series continues to chug along, rounding up its gang of so-called experts who theorize that aliens have been in touch with humans throughout the history of civilization. According to the show’s talking heads, the aliens handed us technology, built us stuff, taught us about how the world works and messed with us at their whims. Some of the evidence is reasonable, but there's an equal amount of ludicrous nonsense there to spoil the good stuff.  Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Blu-ray — Keanu Reeves And Alex Winter play a pair of slackers who travel through time at the behest of a mentor from the future (George Carlin) in order to put together the ultimate history presentation that will allow them to pass their classes and avoid military school. One ...
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‘Top Gun’ sequel put on hold
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
A sequel to Tom Cruise's classic 1986 film Top Gun has been put on hold following director Tony Scott’s suicide.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tony Scott
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  • 2012
    Age 67
    Scott committed suicide on 19 August 2012, by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California.
    More Details Hide Details Scott was born in Tynemouth, Northumberland, the youngest of three sons of Elizabeth (née Williams) and Colonel Francis Percy Scott (who served in the Royal Engineers). He followed in his elder brother's footsteps, studying at Grangefield School, West Hartlepool College of Art and graduating from Sunderland Art School with a fine arts degree. At the age of 16 he appeared in Boy and Bicycle, a short film marking the directorial debut of his 23-year-old brother Ridley.
    As Ridley had previously cast him in a film, he reciprocated by giving his brother a role too. "The film cost £1,000", he recalled in April 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Whilst at the Royal College of Art, where he was taught by Raymond Durgnat, he starred in "Don't Walk", a film by fellow students Hank Onrust and Richard Stanley: the film credits state it was "made for BUNAC by MARCA films at the Royal College of Art". He graduated from the Royal College of Art, following in the footsteps of his elder brother Ridley, with the intention of becoming a painter. His eldest brother Frank had earlier joined the Merchant Navy. It was the success of his elder brother's fledgling television commercial production outfit, Ridley Scott Associates (RSA), that subsequently diverted his attention to film. His brother Ridley said, "Tony had wanted to do documentaries at first. I told him, 'Don't go to the BBC, come to me first.' I knew that he had a fondness for cars, so I told him, 'Come work with me and within a year you'll have a Ferrari.' And he did!" Scott said, "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 centre." He directed many television commercials for RSA while also overseeing the company's operation while his brother was developing his feature film career. "My goal was to make films but I got sidetracked into commercials and then I took off.
  • 2010
    Age 65
    Scott's film, Unstoppable, again starring Washington (with Chris Pine), was released in November 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly before his death he produced Coma, an A&E miniseries, the Coca-Cola short film The Polar Bears and the thillers Stoker and The East, both with his brother. Scott developed a film adaptation of Clifford Irving's novel Tom Mix and Pancho Villa (1981) for over a decade. In November 2003, he scouted locations in Mexico, and Steven Zaillian was writing the screenplay. "This is Lawrence of Arabia meets The Wild Bunch, a huge film with trains, cavalry, thousands of soldiers in uniform and on horseback," Scott said. In late 2006, Scott announced a remake of the action thriller The Warriors (1979). "The original Warriors was New York in the 1970s, and everything went upwards, everything went vertically. And now I'm making it a contemporary thing and doing it in L.A., so everything is horizontal. So my vision of The Warriors is Los Angeles in 2007 and the gangs, instead of being 30, are going to be 3,000 or 5,000," he said. Scott met with actual gang members for research: "I've met all the heads of all the different gangs, so I've already educated myself. They all said, 'Listen dude, if you get this on we'll sign a treaty and we'll all stand on the Long Beach Bridge. There'll be 150,000 members there. It'll look like the L.A. Marathon. Scott was simultaneously developing a drama project titled Emma's War about British foreign aid worker Emma McCune.
    In 2010, the Scott brothers produced the feature film adaptation of the television series The A-Team.
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  • 2009
    Age 64
    Scott once again teamed up with Denzel Washington on The Taking of Pelham 123, which also starred John Travolta and was released in cinemas on 12 June 2009. The film was a remake of the 1974 film of the same title starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. 2009 also saw the debut of The Good Wife, a legal drama television series which had Scott and his brother as two of several executive producers.
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  • 2006
    Age 61
    In autumn 2006, Scott reteamed with Denzel Washington for the sci-fi action film Déjà Vu.
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    In 2006, he contributed voice-over to a song called Dreamstalker on Hybrid's album I Choose Noise; Scott has worked together with Hybrid on several films through mutual friend Harry Gregson-Williams.
    More Details Hide Details Next for Scott came Domino (2005) starring Keira Knightley.
  • 2005
    Age 60
    Scott and his brother Ridley were co-producers of the TV series Numb3rs, which aired from 2005 to 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Tony Scott directed the first episode of the fourth season.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 59
    Scott subsequently directed another thriller starring Denzel Washington, Man on Fire, released in April 2004.
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  • 2001
    Age 56
    His next film, Spy Game, was released in November 2001.
    More Details Hide Details It garnered 63% positive reviews at Metacritic and made a little over $60m at the US box office.
  • 1998
    Age 53
    Scott's 1998 film Enemy of the State, a conspiracy thriller, starred Will Smith and Gene Hackman, and was his highest-grossing film of the decade.
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  • 1996
    Age 51
    In 1996, Scott directed The Fan, starring Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin and Benicio del Toro.
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  • 1995
    Age 50
    In 1995, British film studio, Shepperton Studios, was purchased by a consortium headed by Tony and Ridley Scott, which extensively renovated the studios while also expanding and improving its grounds.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 48
    In 1993, Scott directed True Romance costing just $13m, from a script by Quentin Tarantino.
    More Details Hide Details The cast included Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Tom Sizemore, Chris Penn, Val Kilmer and in bit roles, James Gandolfini and Samuel L. Jackson. Although it received positive reviews from Janet Maslin and other critics, it took less than $13m and was considered a box office failure. Scott's next film, Crimson Tide (1995), was a submarine thriller starring Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington.
  • 1990
    Age 45
    He subsequently met film and TV actress Donna Wilson, who was 24 years younger, on the set of Days of Thunder in 1990; they married in 1994. She gave birth to their twin sons, Frank and Max, in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details On 19 August 2012, at approximately 12:30 p.m. PDT, Scott died by suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedro port district of Los Angeles, California. Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division found contact information in a note left in his car, parked on the bridge, and a note at his office for his family. One witness said he did not hesitate before jumping, but another said he looked nervous before climbing a fence, hesitating for two seconds, and jumping into the water beside a tour boat. His body was recovered from the water by the Los Angeles Port Police. On 22 August, Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winters said the two notes Scott left behind made no mention of any health problems, but neither the police nor the family disclosed the content of those notes.
  • 1987
    Age 42
    Following the success of Top Gun, Scott found himself on Hollywood's A-list of action directors. He re-teamed with Simpson and Bruckheimer in 1987 to direct Eddie Murphy and Brigitte Nielsen in the highly anticipated sequel Beverly Hills Cop II.
    More Details Hide Details While not being critically embraced, the film nevertheless became one of the year's highest grossers. His next film, Revenge (1990), a thriller of adultery and revenge set in Mexico, starred Kevin Costner, Madeleine Stowe and Anthony Quinn. Once again directing Tom Cruise, Scott returned to the Simpson-Bruckheimer fold to helm the big-budget racing film Days of Thunder (1990). Scott later stated that it was difficult to find the drama in racing cars in circles, so he "stole from all race movies to date... then tried to build on them." Scott's next film was the cult action thriller The Last Boy Scout (1991) starring Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans and written by Shane Black.
  • 1986
    Age 41
    His second marriage was in 1986 to advertising executive Glynis Sanders.
    More Details Hide Details They divorced a year later when his affair with Brigitte Nielsen, whom he met on the set of Beverly Hills Cop II, became public. She was married to Sylvester Stallone at the time.
  • 1985
    Age 40
    In 1985, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer approached Scott to direct Top Gun on the strength of The Hunger, as well as a commercial he had done for Swedish automaker Saab in the early 1980s, where a Saab 900 turbo is shown racing a Saab 37 Viggen fighter jet.
    More Details Hide Details Scott, though reluctant at first, agreed to direct Top Gun. Though the film received mixed critical review, it became one of the highest-grossing films of 1986, taking in more than $350 million, and making a star of its young lead, Tom Cruise. Sam Delaney of The Guardian writes, "By the mid-80s, Hollywood was awash with British directors who had ushered in a new era of blockbusters using the crowd-pleasing skills they'd honed in advertising. The vast resources and freedom made available to ad directors during advertising's boom era during the 1970s enabled them to innovate and experiment with new techniques that weren't then possible in TV or film."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 37
    Scott persisted in trying to embark on a feature film career. Among the ideas interesting to him was an adaptation of the Anne Rice novel Interview with the Vampire then in development. MGM was already developing the vampire film The Hunger, for which they brought Scott on in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details The Hunger starred David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve and introduced Willem Dafoe in a small role. The Hunger had elaborate photography and sumptuous production design, but it failed to find an audience or impress the critics, and had disappointing box office sales, though it later became a cult favourite. Finding few film opportunities in Hollywood over the next two and a half years, Scott returned to commercials and music videos.
  • 1980
    Age 35
    After the feature film successes of fellow British directors Hugh Hudson, Alan Parker, Adrian Lyne and his elder brother during the late 1970s, all of whom had graduated from directing advertising commercials, he received initial overtures from Hollywood in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details His eldest brother Frank died, aged 45, of skin cancer during the same year. Scott reflected on his career in 2009:
  • 1975
    Age 30
    Scott took time out in 1975 to direct a television adaptation of the Henry James story The Author of Beltraffio.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 24
    Scott studied art in Leeds after failing to gain admission to the Royal College of Art in London at his first attempt. He made a short film in 1969 based on the Ambrose Bierce story One of the Missing.
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  • 1967
    Age 22
    Scott married three times. His first marriage was to BAFTA Award winning TV production designer Gerry Boldy (1944–2007) in 1967. They were divorced in 1974.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on June 21, 1944.
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