This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Hollywood Mourns Director Tony Scott
News of director Tony Scott's suicide Sunday afternoon spread like wildfire online over night, and fans, colleagues, and peers have been expressing their shock and sorrow at the sudden loss.
Scott, 68, jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas bridge in San Pedro. His body was recovered a few hours later, as was his black Toyota Prius, and notes he left behind. Scott's body, recovered by a Port police dive team, was taken to a Wilmington dock and then turned over to the coroner Sunday afternoon, according to City News Service. An autopsy was pending.
Those in the film and television community who had worked with Scott or simply admired his work along with many fans worldwide have been sharing their thoughts about the director's life, work, and unexpected death.
Deadline has a touching remembrance from David Krumholtz, star of the Scott-produced series "Numb3rs," in which the actor concludes:
He was wild and big and crazy and uncontrollable and he gave it his all, every moment, because he believed in his crew, his cast, and the show. It saddens me that something inside him told him to take his incredible life spirit away from us, from the film making community. May he rest in peace. What a great dude.
In this video, Hollywood journalist Jeanne Wolf discusses Scott:
And of course, as widely reported online, celebs have been using Twitter to talk about Scott:
I just heard about Tony Scott's suicide. My heart aches. Sending light and love to his family, friends and co-workers. #RIP— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 20, 2012
RIP Tony. You were the kindest film director I ever worked for. You will be missed. http://t.co/q9U16vI0— Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) August 20, 2012
The death of Tony Scott is shocking and saddening. He was an inspired craftsman.— Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) August 20, 2012
Such sad news abt Tony Scott this morning. My prayers r w/ his family and friends. As suicide survivors they have a long painful road ahead.— Melissa Gilbert (@MEGBusfield) August 20, 2012
Tony Scott director of my favorite movie man on fire. " I wish you had more time "— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) August 20, 2012
So sad to hear the news about Tony Scott. His movies made growing up more fun for me. My prayers and condolences to the Scott family.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) August 20, 2012
"I make a movie because it's something that inspires me" ~ Tony Scott 6/21/44 - 8/19/12 Your movies inspired me..— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 20, 2012
RIP mr. Tony Scott. :(— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) August 20, 2012
So sad to hear about Tony Scott. A master of grand action, nail biting pace and atmosphere. A real loss to film making.— Pegg News (@simonpegg) August 20, 2012
Such sad news about Tony Scott. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) August 20, 2012
Taking a moment to reflect on Tony Scott's life & work! My sympathies to his family. Feeling the loss!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 20, 2012
RIP Tony Scott - so sad to hear this— Morgan Spurlock (@MorganSpurlock) August 20, 2012
Tony Scott.... You left us too soon. How terribly sad. What a lovely, kind human being you were. I will love and miss … http://t.co/3zo214cz— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) August 20, 2012
Deeply saddened to hear the news about Tony Scott. A fine film-maker and the most charming, modest man.— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 20, 2012
met tony scott once. thought we would meet again. saddened by news of his passing. grateful for the work he leaves behind. peace to you sir.— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) August 20, 2012
Rest in Peace brother. Tony Scott A Genius silenced. I am devastated!! Why?????— Marc Anthony (@MarcAnthony) August 20, 2012
There hasnt been 1 day since it came out that some1 doesnt say to me "I love #TrueRomance" Tony Scott was a sweet enthusiastic & lovin man— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) August 20, 2012
No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 20, 2012
Donald Trump was a fading TV presence when the WGA strike put a dent in network schedules.
Pickets are being held outside at movie and TV studios across the city
For some critics, this feels less like a momentous departure and more like a footnote.
Disneyland's famous "Fantasmic!" show came to a sudden end when its 45-foot animatronic dragon — Maleficent — burst into flames.
Leads Ali Wong and Steven Yeun issue a joint statement along with show creator Lee Sung Jin.
Every two years, Desert X presents site-specific outdoor installations throughout the Coachella Valley. Two Los Angeles artists have new work on display.