Anthony D.L. “Tee” Scott

August 20, 2012

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The British film director Tony Scott died Sunday.

Scott was best known for his action pictures including Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, and the most recent incarnation of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. His last picture was Unstoppable about a runaway train. According to numerous reports over the last two years his next film was to be Hells Angels based on Ralph “Sonny” Barger’s memoir Hell’s Angel. And, according to multiple writers who cover the film business, Mickey Rourke was to portray Barger. Stephen Gaghan reportedly wrote the fourth and final version of the script

Scott had a longtime fascination with the motorcycle club that wears red and white. He also owned the film rights to Hunter Thompson’s Hells’s Angels and he helped make Jay Dobyns a minor celebrity. According to Dobyns: “In 2005, after becoming acquainted with Fox entertainment through ATF’s introduction of Agent Dobyns with the America’s Most Wanted feature, a film researcher for Fox and film director Tony Scott contacted Agent Dobyns. Fox and Scott were developing a film about the Hells Angels. A relationship was struck, based on the researcher’s stated admiration for Agent Dobyns’ work, dedication and honesty.” In collaboration with a children’s author named Nils Johnson-Shelton Dobyns created his best selling book about the Angels, titled No Angel. And with the understanding that Gaghan would write the script and Tony Scott would direct Dobyns sold “his life story rights to 20th Century Fox film studios.” That film was never made either.

Anthony D. L. Scott was the youngest son of British Army Colonel Francis Percy Scott. One of his two older brothers is the director Ridley Scott. He studied to be an artist. He struggled as a painter, gave up and went into business with his brother directing commercials. That eventually led to work directing films. Scott usually wore a red baseball cap and his friends called him “Tee-Scott.”

Tony Scott died by his own hand. About 12:45 Sunday afternoon Scott jumped 185 feet from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles into Los Angeles Harbor. The lead character of William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in LA bungee jumps from the bridge which connects the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Scott made the same dive without a lifeline.

Divers recovered Scott’s body hours later. He left behind his third wife and two small children. The Los Angeles Times reported that the director had inoperable brain cancer. Tony Scott was 68.

Requiscant In Pace

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.
And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
‘Good-morning,’ and he glittered when he walked.
And he was rich – yes, richer than a king –
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.
So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.

Edwin Arlington Robinson



5 Responses to “Anthony D.L. “Tee” Scott”

  1. L.A.1%er Says:

    My fiance and I were riding across the VT bridge yesterday when he jumped. I was riding a bit ahead of her as we were heading in to Pedro. He was coming up the other way and I saw him stop his car, get out and start climbing fence. I revved my engine loudly to try to get is attention. Not sure why I did that. He had very determined look on his face and he didn’t waste anytime climbing the fence after getting out of his car. My fiance saw him reach the top of the fence but neither one of us actually saw him jump, We lost sight of him as we continued down the bridge. In those few seconds that we passed him it didn’t dawn on me that he was climbing up there to jump. It was only later while we were both pulled over on the side of Pacific Ave being cited by the LAPD for Non-DOT helmets and a slew of other infractions that we were informed by Officer Knopf that someone did indeed jump from the VT bridge. And it was much later last night when we found out it was Tony Scott. Sad and tragic for sure, but I was still reveling over the fact that my Brothers were able to get down to Pedro and ride my bike in before to tow truck arrived to impound it.(That’s was the deal the Cop made to me and I always appreciate a fighting chance). L.A.1%er MFFM

  2. anon Says:

    I suppose this is appropriate.

    If nothing else, YYZ will appreciate it.

    I don’t care much for Hollywood or Hunter Thompson as a person, but I have a great deal of respect for those who choose to leave this life on their own terms. Scott and Thompson chose their own terms for leaving this materialistic world.

    Requiscant In Pace.

  3. YYZ Skinhead Says:


    Kickass posting. I had no idea it was a poem. Simon and Garfunkel of all people did a version of it as well. If I ever form a band it would be a good song to cover.

    I am surprised that anyone would pick the Vincent Thomas Bridge for a suicide bridge since there is a better chance of surviving the fall than from e.g. the Golden Gate Bridge. If the water impact doesn’t instantly kill you, you are likely to drown, which takes a lot longer.

    YYZ Skinhead

  4. swampy Says:

    It’s too bad he didn’t get to film Sonny Barger’s story, I would liked to have seen it. Although, I can’t imagine anyone having an “admiration” for cry baby Jay Dobyns or his work. On another note, I just found out that one of my favorite “Southern-gothic” writers, Harry Crews, passed a few months ago.

  5. FatBob Says:

    I too rode by on the way to tour the Iowa, but probably 20 minutes later as the Fire Engine was there already. Found out on the news that it was Mr. Scott. Very tragic.

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