British Director Tony Scott Dead in Apparent Suicide at 68

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.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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