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August 21, 2012
Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as ‘‘Top Gun’’ and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a bridge spanning Los Angeles harbor, authorities said.
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Scott was known for his hyper-kinetic action and editing on such films as his most recent, the runaway train thriller ‘‘Unstoppable,’’ starring Denzel Washington.
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Besides "Unstoppable," Scott worked with Washington on four other movies: "Crimson Tide," "Man on Fire," "Deja Vu" and "The Taking of Pelham 123" (pictured).
While Tony's brother, Ridley Scott, had an auspicious start to his film career, Tony bombed with his debut, 1983’s supernatural romance "The Hunger," with David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve.
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."
The two brothers ran Scott Free Productions and produced the CBS dramas "The Good Wife" (pictured) and "NUMB3RS."
Scott was a thrill-seeker in his personal life, an avid rock climber who also liked driving fast cars and motorcycles.