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Tony Scott remembered by film community following suicide for his charm, huge success (slideshow)

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Film director Tony Scott smoks a cigar during a photo session during the press conference Monday Aug.t 9, 2004, in Mexico City, promoting the film 'Man on Fire', which was filmed in Mexico City, with Denzel Washington, Marc Anthony, Dakota Fenning and Christopher Waken.

BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards - Red Carpet

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Director Tony Scott and Donna W. Scott arrive at the BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on November 4, 2010 in Century City.

Deja Vu - UK Film Premiere

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Actors Denzel Washington and Paula Patton and director Tony Scott arrive at the UK premiere of 'Deja Vu' at Odeon Kensington on December 7, 2006 in London, England.

Premiere Of Twentieth Century Fox's "Unstoppable" - Arrivals

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Actor Chris Pine (L) and director Tony Scott arrive at the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox's "Unstoppable" at Regency Village Theater on October 26, 2010 in Westwood.

US actor Brad Pitt (R) and his wife Jennifer Anist

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Tony Scott and his wife with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.

BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards - Show

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Producers/Directors Todd Scott (L) and Ridley Scott accepts award for The Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment onstage during the BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on November 4, 2010 in Century City.

Premiere Of Twentieth Century Fox's "Unstoppable" - Arrivals

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Director Tony Scott and family arrive at the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox's "Unstoppable" at Regency Village Theater on October 26, 2010 in Westwood.

Premiere Of Twentieth Century Fox's "Unstoppable" - After Party

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(L-R) Producer Julie Yorn, director Tony Scott and actress Rosario Dawson pose at the after party for the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox's "Unstoppable" at the Napa Valley Grille on October 26, 2010 in Los Angeles.


The suicide of "Top Gun" director Tony Scott has shocked the film community. Scott leapt to his death off the Vincent Thomas Bridge over the Los Angeles Harbor Sunday afternoon; he was 68.

He didn't only direct "Top Gun" the film; he also directed the Kenny Loggins music video for the movie's song "Danger Zone," one of only two music videos he directed:

Directors, actors, critics and others reacted on Twitter. Fellow directors shared their thoughts:

Writer/director Joe Carnahan offered a particularly emotional response:

Others also spoke to the emotional impact:

Scott's work with Tom Cruise helped launch Cruise to stardom in films like "Top Gun" and "Days of Thunder." He also formed an attachment with Denzel Washington.

The studio he directed for, Fox, posted this:

Scott's production company recently purchased the rights to comic book creator Mark Millar's "Nemesis"; Millar is best known for his comic book-turned-film "Kick-Ass." Millar shared his thoughts on Scott's death, sharing his personal experience and stories.

Like others, Millar noted Scott's courtesy, writing, "He hated email and instead used to communicate with funny hand-written notes which his assistant would scan and mail to me and he'd tend to communicate this way or by postcard if we didn't speak by phone. ... I remember getting one of his cyber post-cards with a little drawing saying our scheduled call would be 30 mins late as he had a meeting and I think this pretty much sums him up: Polite and charming to a guy he barely knew and always keeping a personal touch in an industry where that's often the first thing to go."

You can see an interview Scott did about "Nemesis" here:

He's not the only famous director in the family — his brother is Ridley Scott. A new president was just named for their Fox-based production company last month. They'd recently co-produced Ridley Scott's film "Prometheus."

Tony Scott was often criticized as being all flash and no substance, but he produced hit after hit, most recently Denzel Washington's "Unstoppable." Scott directed movies like "Crimson Tide," "Enemy of the State," "Beverly Hills Cop 2" and more. He was a big part of the early career of Quentin Tarantino, directing "True Romance," as well as Shane Black, directing "The Last Boy Scout."

He also produced hit TV shows "The Good Wife" and "Numb3rs."

Before his death, Scott had also been set to direct a "Top Gun" sequel as his next project, with Cruise returning to star and Jerry Bruckheimer producing.

Scott reportedly left a suicide note in his car near where he jumped and another in his office, but the contents of those notes have yet to be released. He leaves behind a wife (his third) and twin sons.

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