Director Tony Scott in 2010. (Photo: Gus Ruelas/AP)

Tony Scott, brother of Sir Ridley Scott and director of films as era-defining as Top Gun, True Romance, and Crimson Tide, has died after leaping off a bridge in Los Angeles County, the Associated Press reports. He was 68.

Scott’s career included cult films like 1983’s The Hunger, a campy vampire film starring Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon, and David Bowie, but he was best-known for his aircraft carrier-size blockbusters, including 1986’s Top Gun, which catapulted a young actor named Tom Cruise into icon status; 1987’s Beverly Hills Cop II, part of Eddie Murphy‘s lucrative franchise; 1995’s Crimson Tide, which pit Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman against each other on a submarine; 1998’s Enemy of the State, which paired Hackman with a new movie superstar, Will Smith; and, most recently 2010’s Unstoppable, with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine.

He also made time for smaller films like 1993’s True Romance, which showcases the scriptwriting skills of Quentin Tarantino. And he directed Keira Knightley as a bounty hunter in 2005’s Domino.

Some trailers for Tony Scott’s films:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_EbWbr0HDs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw4ikaTyi_U

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.