R.I.P. Tony Scott

68-year-old filmmaker Tony Scott has died in an apparent suicide on Sunday reports The Wrap. He was 68.

A suicide note was found inside Scott’s black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of Vincent Thomas Bridge near Long Beach, California.

Scott climbed a fence on the south side of the suspension bridge’s apex and “leapt off without hesitation”. His body was recovered after the jump according to the L.A. County Coroner.

The younger brother of fellow film director Ridley Scott whom he also produced many shows and films with, Tony forged his own trademark style in the blockbuster action genre thanks to a successful teaming with producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer.

Scott was one of the first to extensively use flash-cut editing, slow motion in action sequences, extreme close-ups, and super-saturation and/or high contrast grainy visuals – techniques that would come to be employed by many subsequent filmmakers including Michael Bay, Peter Berg and Oliver Stone.

Following on from his debut film, 1983’s vampire tale “The Hunger”, Scott delivered some of the most macho and memorable efforts in big-budget action filmmaking in the past twenty-five years including “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Days of Thunder,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Crimson Tide,” “Enemy of the State,” “Spy Game,” “Man on Fire,” and “Deja Vu”.

Other cinematic directorial efforts include “The Fan,” “Revenge,” “Domino,” “True Romance,” the remake of “The Taking of Pelham 123”, and his final film – the runaway train thriller “Unstoppable”.

As a producer at he and his brother’s Scott Free company he worked on an even bigger slate of films and television movies and mini-series including “Prometheus,” “The Grey,” “The Assassination of Jesse James,” “The A-Team,” “Tristan + Isolde,” “In Her Shoes,” “Cracks,” “The Gathering Storm,” “RKO 281” and “The Pillars of the Earth”. He also served as executive producer on CBS hits “The Good Wife” and “Numb3rs”.