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Tony Scott, known for directing high octane action films, dead at 68

Director Tony Scott  arrives at the Premiere Of Columbia Pictures'
Director Tony Scott arrives at the Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' "The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3" at the Mann Village Theatre on June 4, 2009 in Westwood.
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Director Tony Scott died Sunday at the age of 68, and police are investigating his death as a suicide. He reportedly jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro shortly after noon and a note was reportedly left at his office.

Scott was behind several box office hits like "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Days of Thunder" and "Crimson Tide." But it was the 1986 blockbuster — "Top Gun" — that sent his career into the stratosphere.

Scott was the brother of acclaimed director Ridley Scott, with whom he ran a production company - Scott Free Productions. They collaborated on commercials, films and TV shows — like "The Good Wife" and "Numbers."

But despite directing more than 20 films in his career, Tony Scott never achieved the kind of critical success of his brother, Ridley. His films were more commercial, known for high adrenaline action scenes and pyrotechnics.


Thom Geier, Senior editor at Entertainment Weekly