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Remembering Tony Scott With 5 Facts About His Career

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Tony Scott with wife Donna on the Red Carpet in L.A. in 2010 - Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Today’s shocking story around the suicide of film and TV director/producer Tony Scott has thrown Hollywood for quite a curve.  SoJO did report the news of his inoperable brain tumor that spurred his decision.  His legacy is extensive, and there are many things you may not realize about the career of Tony Scott.

As the word broke on Scott’s death, the Twitter world went ballistic – many great and talented people from Hollywood responded from the likes of Ron Howard (“No more Tony Scott movies – tragic day”) to Jon Favreau (“Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends”) just to name a few.

Heather DeLuca highlights 8 wonder films that Tony Scott directed, but his resume also includes some interesting facts about the many great names he has worked with, his foray into television shows, and even his attempt to act.  Here are 5 facts that stand out about the career of Tony Scott:

1) He has directed Denzel Washington 5 times in his career

Many great actors have done multiple films under the guidance of Tony Scott like Gene Hackman (twice), Tom Cruise (twice), and Val Kilmer (twice), but Washington’s career owes a lot to Scott’s directing in recent years.

Their first venture together was the 1995 film Crimson Tide, which made around $160 Million worldwide and earned 3 Academy Award nominations.  Over the last 8 years, Scott and Washington gave you Man On Fire, Deja Vu, Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and Unstoppable (all 4 films did over $140 Million worldwide, and combined for about $650 Million worldwide).

2) Tony Scott has produced 2 highly successful TV shows for CBS

While his film work gets a great deal of attention, you cannot sleep on Scott’s creative hand in helping make Numb3rs a success for 6 seasons, and now The Good Wife which continues to clean up with numerous Emmy nominations.  Sadly Scott is not up for an Emmy this year because The Good Wife was somehow not nominated for Outstanding Drama Series.

3) Tony Scott has won an Emmy Award

Scott worked on Academy Award nominated films but never earned an award or nomination in his career, but his 2002 TV movie The Gathering Storm (the love story of the Winston and Clementine Churchill) where Scott was executive producer won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for TV Movie.

4) Scott was working on a TV mini-series before his death

Tony was in the finishing touches a remake of the 1978 classic film Coma (which starred Michael Douglas).  Scott is the executive producer of this 4-part mini-series which will be seen on TV in the next month or two.

5) Tony Scott’s acting career has an interesting highlight

In the 1994 film Cityscrapes: Los Angeles, Scott has a small role in this not so well known flick.  The film did feature “Ad Rock” Adam Horovitz, Daphne Zuniga (from Melrose Place), Willie Garson (Stanford from Sex and The City), and Ione Skye (from Say Anything).


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