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Tony Scott Biography

Birth Place:
Stockton-on-Tees, England
Profession
Director, producer, actor

Fast Facts

  • 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)

Awards

  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Nonfiction Special: winner
  • 2011Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Action Movie: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Made for Television Movie: winner
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Made for Television Movie: nominated

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