- Made his acting debut in older brother Ridley Scott's first film, the 1965 short Boy and Bicycle.
- After unsuccessfully attempting a career as a painter for several years, broke into the entertainment industry as a partner and director for Ridley Scott Associates (RSA), the UK-based commercial production company his brother founded in 1968.
- First big box-office success came in 1986 with the Tom Cruise-starring Top Gun, which grossed more than $175 million in the U.S. and nearly $350 million worldwide.
- Received nearly 20 Television/Cinema Clio Awards for directing commercials for British Airways (1985), Marlboro (1989), and United Airlines, Holiday Inn and the Oldsmobile Intrigue (all 1998), as well as for producing and directing a series of popular 2003 BMW short films-ads.
- Was good friends with the real-life Domino Harvey, subject of his 2005 film Domino.
- Keeps a portion of LSD guru Timothy Leary's ashes in his bathroom.
- Worked with actor Denzel Washington on five films: Crimson Tide (1995), Man on Fire (2004), Deja Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) and Unstoppable (2010).
- 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
- 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries: Nominee
- 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Special: Winner
- 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: Nominee
- 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Made for Television Movie: Nominee
- 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Made for Television Movie: Winner
- 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
- 2011, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Action Movie: Nominee
- Jake Scott — Nephew
- Max Scott — Son
- Frank Scott — Brother
- Jordan Scott — Niece
- Gerry Scott — Ex-wife
- Francis Scott — Father
- Ridley Scott — Brother
- Elizabeth Jean Scott — Mother
- Frank Scott — Son
- Glynis Sanders — Ex-wife
- Luke Scott — Nephew
- Donna Wilson — Wife
- Attended West Hartlepool College of Art, Hartlepool, England; Sunderland Art College, Sunderland, England (BFA in Painting); Leeds College of Art and Design, Leeds, England; Royal College of Art, London, England (MFA in Film, 1972)
- Birth Place: Stockton-on-Tees, England
- Birthday: July 21, 1944, Cancer
- Died: August 19, 2012
- Profession: Director, Producer, Actor