Category Archives: 80’s Directors

Top Gun director Tony Scott dead after jumping from California bridge

Top Gun director Tony ScottDirector Tony Scott, best known for the films “Top Gun” and “Beverly Hills Cop II,” died in an apparent suicide Sunday when he jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California, a Los Angeles County coroner official said.

“There’s nothing to indicate it is anything else at this time,” said Lt. Joe Bale of the coroner’s office.

Scott, 68, jumped from the bridge at about 12:30 p.m., Bale said. The bridge spans the Los Angeles Harbor, connecting San Pedro and Terminal Island.

A pedestrian who saw Scott jump from the bridge called 911, according to a statement released by the coroner’s office late Sunday.

“The L.A. Port Police recovered the body from the water,” the statement said.

80’s movie director John Hughes honored at Oscars

The Oscars took a moment for a tribute to the late John Hughes Sunday night. Hughes’ tribute was introduced by Matthew Broderick and Molly Ringwald.

The montage of great Hughes moments was followed by a handful of his most famous leading actors talking about the writing and directing legend.

On stage were actors and actresses who played roles in Hughe’s movies, some of which are considered members of the 80’s brat pack: Anthony Michael Hall, Macaulay Culkin, Jon Cryer, Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson, and each told a Hughes anecdote. Hughes’ family was in the audience and stood to thunderous applause.

Ringwald told the audience that at 16, “Hughes saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.” Broderick continued that a day doesn’t go by that someone doesn’t tap him on the shoulder and ask “Hey Ferris, is this your day off?”

The moving montage showed key sequences from comedies that Hughes had written and directed, including ‘Sixteen Candles,’ ‘The Breakfast Club,’ ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation,’ ‘Some Kind of Wonderful,’ ‘Pretty in Pink,’ ‘Home Alone‘ and ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles.’