Sunday, May 26, 2024

Tony Scott: A Tragedy in Hollywood


This morning there are a lot of unanswered questions about director/producer Tony Scott. Ridley Scott’s brother was as successful as you could be in Hollywood, with lots of commercial hits and many artistic ones too. He had a beautiful family with two young sons. Twitter is full of appreciations for Scott, who jumped from a bridge over Los Angeles Harbor yesterday and killed himself at age 68. I immediately thought of Peter Lopez, the popular music business lawyer who took his own life a couple of years ago, mysteriously. Same situation: very successful, happy family, everything in the world. We may never know the answers. But for Tony Scott, all we can do is applaud his great work and send condolences and best wishes to his family.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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