On this Day in Movie History, August 20, 2012: Top Gun Director Dies of Apparent Suicide

British-born Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as “Top Gun,” ”Days of Thunder” and “Beverly Hills Cop II,” younger brother of producer and director Ridley Scott, died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge. The 68-year-old Scott’s death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said.

A dive team with Los Angeles Port Police pulled the body from the murky water several hours later. Scott’s body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner’s office. Investigators found a note listing contact information in Scott’s black Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge.

Tony Scott known for hyper-kinetic action and editing on such films as his most recent, the runaway train thriller “Unstoppable,” starring regular collaborator Denzel Washington was a thrill-seeker himself in his personal life, an avid rock climber who also liked driving fast cars and motorcycles.

Tony was the first of the Scott brothers to enjoy blockbuster success with “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise, the top-grossing film of 1986 at $176 million. Scott teamed with Cruise again four years later on the hit “Days of Thunder.

Tony Scott’s movies, often slammed by critics for emphasizing style over substance, was never in the running for an Oscar.

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