Sunday night the world of showbiz was dealt a tragic blow when it found out that director Tony Scott had taken his own life, jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles County. Scott, 68, was known best perhaps for his work on the classic 1980s action film "Top Gun," which starred Tom Cruise as a top Navy pilot, learning advanced fighting and flying skills with the other elite pilots. Tony also directed the blockbuster action-comedy "Beverly Hills Cop II" starring Eddie Murphy, and "Man on Fire" starring Denzel Washington.
In the era of Twitter, it doesn't take long for fellow filmmakers, actors and others in Hollywood to send out messages of respect and support for Scott's family, which includes his older brother Ridley, director of the famed "Alien" series as well as the recent smash hit "Prometheus." Here now are some of the words of sympathy tweeted out by celebrities in the wake of Tony's death.
Ron Howard - The man who started out as Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show" and eventually became a world-class, Academy Award winning director tweeted a profoundly simple statement of both mourning and respect, "@RealRonHoward: No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day."
Frank Marshall - One of Hollywood's biggest producers, Marshall was behind films like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and recently he produced "The Bourne Legacy." Marshall had this to say, "@LeDoctor: Can't quite believe we have lost the brilliance of Tony Scott, as a filmmaker and a friend."
Roger Ebert - Ebert has battled back from long-odds fighting cancer, and despite losing his voice, is still considered to be one of the preeminent movie critics, and he had this to say about Scott's passing, "@ebertchicago: The death of Tony Scott is shocking and saddening. He was an inspired craftsman."
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - A star of many films of the same genre that Tony excelled in, Johnson chose to quote Scott in his Tweet-tribute. "@TheRock: I make a movie because it's something that inspires me" ~ Tony Scott 6/21/44 - 8/19/12 Your movies inspired me.."
Chris Rock - Easily one of the biggest names in comedy of his generation, Chris revealed that one of Scott's films was his favorite in his tweet. "@chrisrock: Tony Scott director of my favorite movie man on fire. " I wish you had more time "
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