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Biography #2 (for Déjà Vu)

Director Tony Scott has created a series of landmark action films, mastering the balance of technical virtuosity with an exuberant sense of tempo. Scott, a member of the exclusive club of billion dollar-grossing directors, has been one of mainstream Hollywood's more reliable and stylish action filmmakers since the mid-1980s. With one high profile project set for release and many more in development, Scott shows no sign of slowing the pace.

DÉJÀ VU marks Scott's third collaboration with Denzel Washington and his sixth collaboration with Jerry Bruckheimer. In 1995, he directed CRIMSON TIDE, starring Washington and Gene Hackman and produced by Bruckheimer, which received both critical and popular acclaim. Scott went on to direct Washington again in the 2004 action thriller MAN ON FIRE, this time alongside Dakota Fanning and Christopher Walken.

Scott made his feature debut in 1983 with the modern vampire story THE HUNGER, starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon. The movie was adapted as a trilogy for Showtime in 1998, in which Scott directed one episode starring Giovanni Ribisi and David Bowie. In 1986, Scott directed Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in the mega-blockbuster TOP GUN, whose stunning aerial sequences helped make the film a global success. Scott confirmed his place as one of Hollywood's premiere action directors the following year with BEVERLY HILLS COP II, starring Eddie Murphy.

Scott's ability to mine box office gold from a deft blending of material and talent was evident in Touchstone Pictures' ENEMY OF THE STATE. Reuniting Scott with Gene Hackman and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the political thriller starring Will Smith, became one of the biggest hits of 1998. In 2001, Scott directed Universal's SPY GAME, a taut, ambitious thriller that reunited screen giants Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. In 2005, after years of development, Scott finally brought his beloved project DOMINO to the screen with an all-star cast lead by Kiera Knightley portraying real life bounty hunter Domino Harvey. Scott's Additional film credits include: REVENGE (1988), with Kevin Costner and Anthony Quinn; DAYS OF THUNDER (1990), starring Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall; THE LAST BOY SCOUT (1991), with Bruce Willis; the critically acclaimed TRUE ROMANCE (1993), starring Christian Slater, Roseanna Arquette and Christopher Walken, with a script by Quentin Tarantino; and THE FAN (1996), starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes.

Born in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England, Scott attended the Sunderland Art School, where he received a fine arts degree in painting. While completing a yearlong post-graduate study at Leeds College, he developed an interest in cinematography and made ONE OF THE MISSING, a half hour film financed by the British Film Institute and based on an Ambrose Bierce short story. He then went on to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree at the Royal College of Arts, completing another film for the British Film Institute, LOVING MEMORY, from an original script financed by Albert Finney.

In 1973, Scott partnered with brother Ridley to form the London-based commercial production company, RSA. Over the next decade, Scott created some of the world's most entertaining and memorable commercials, honing his film vocabulary and picking up every major honor in the field, including: a number of Clio awards, several Silver and Gold Lion Awards from the Cannes International Television/Cinema Commercials Festival, and London's prestigious Designers & Art Directors Award. While working as a commercial director, Scott also made three movies for television: two documentaries and a one-hour special entitled Author of Beltraffio from the story by Henry James. In 2002, under the RSA banner, Scott produced a series of stylish short film adver-tainments for automaker BMW starring Clive Owen. Scott himself directed one of these shorts entitled BEAT THE DEVIL that featured Owen, James Brown and Gary Oldman.

In 1995, the two brothers went on to form the film and television production company Scott Free. With offices in Los Angeles and London, the Scott's have produced such films as IN HER SHOES, TRISTAN + ISOLDE and the soon to be released THE ASSISSINATION OF JESSE JAMES, starring Brad Pitt. They also executive produce the hit CBS series Numbers, currently in its third season, as well as the upcoming TNT mini-series The Company, starring Chris O'Donnell and Michael Keaton.

Bio courtesy Touchstone for "Déjà Vu" (04-Mar-2007)


Biography #3 (for Man on Fire)

Tony Scott is a master of the visceral, balancing technical virtuosity with an exuberant sense of tempo to create a series of landmark action films. With another high-profile project set for release, Scott shows no sign of slowing the pace that has made him one of Hollywood's most successful directors.

In 2001, Scott was at the helm with two other big-name stars in SPY GAME. The taut, ambitious thriller reunited Robert Redford and Brad Pitt for the first time since 1992's A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT.

Scott's ability to mine box office gold from a deft blending of material and talent was evident in his last film, ENEMY OF THE STATE. Starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the political thriller became one of biggest hits of 1998. That same year, Scott directed one episode of the cable series The Hunger trilogy, with Giovanni Ribisi and David Bowie, an adaptation of his 1983 feature film.

In 1996, Scott joined a very short list of billion-dollar-grossing directors thanks to the success of his two previous films. Starring Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman as rival commanders of a nuclear submarine, CRIMSON TIDE was an intense, claustrophobic thriller that garnered both critical and popular acclaim. Scott followed that with THE FAN, in which Robert De Niro starred as an obsessed fan who stalks baseball star Wesley Snipes.

Born in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England, Scott attended the Sunderland Art School, where he received a fine arts degree in painting. While completing a yearlong post-graduate study at Leeds College, he developed an interest in cinematography and made ONE OF THE MISSING, a half-hour film financed by the British Film Institute and based on an Ambrose Bierce short story. He then went on to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree at the Royal College of Arts, completing another film for the British Film Institute, LOVING MEMORY, from an original script financed by Albert Finney.

In 1973, Scott partnered with brother Ridley to form London-based commercial production company, RSA. Over the next decade, Scott created some of the world's most entertaining and memorable commercials, honing his film vocabulary and picking up every major honor in the field, including a number of CLIO awards, several Silver and Gold Lion Awards from the Cannes International Television/Cinema Commercials Festival and London's prestigious Designers & Art Directors Award.

While working as a commercial director, Scott also made three movies for television: two documentaries and a one-hour special entitled AUTHOR OF BELTRAFFIO, from the story by Henry James.

Scott made his feature debut in 1983 with the modern vampire story THE HUNGER, starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon. Three years later he directed Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in the mega-blockbuster TOP GUN, whose stunning aerial sequences helped make it a global success. Scott confirmed his place as one of Hollywood's premiere action directors the following year with BEVERLY HILLS COP II, starring Eddie Murphy.

Over the next five years, Scott directed four more movies, including REVENGE (1988), with Kevin Costner and Anthony Quinn; DAYS OF THUNDER (1990), starring Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall; THE LAST BOY SCOUT (1991), with Bruce Willis; and the critically acclaimed TRUE ROMANCE (1993), starring Christian Slater, Roseanna Arquette and Christopher Walken, with a script by Quentin Tarantino.

In early 1995, the Scott brothers provided a big boost for the British film industry by purchasing the legendary Shepperton Studios in West London, where more than 600 feature films have been made.

Bio courtesy Fox for "Man on Fire" (08-Jun-2004)


Biography #4

Tony Scott has had a consistent string of successes in film following his 1983 debut feature The Hunger, a modern vampire story starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. This was followed by the globally successful Top Gun starring Tom Cruise. Scott then went on to direct Beverly Hills Cop II, Revenge, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout and the critically acclaimed True Romance.

In 1995, Scott received rave reviews for the taut thriller Crimson Tide starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman. This was followed by The Fan starring Robert DeNiro and Wesley Snipes. Scott's most recent film was Enemy of the State starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman, which was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

updated 01-Jan-2000


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