Sunderland tribute to film director Tony Scott

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a Hollywood film director whose career began on Wearside.

Tony Scott died after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles after it is claimed he battled depression and an inoperable brain tumour.

The 68-year-old was behind films including Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Beverly Hills Cop II, Enemy of the State and True Romance and recently helped produce Prometheus.

He and elder brother Ridley, also a film maker, were born in North Shields and grew up on Teesside.

Tony studied fine art at Sunderland Art School, now the University of Sunderland, before following his brother into the industry.

John Paul Green, principal lecturer in film, media and cultural studies at the university, said: “I grew up watching his films and I enjoyed them all.

“It is fantastic that he came from the region.

“It is really reassuring for students to have someone who went to the university who reached the top of their game.”

Among those who paid tributes are actors Keira Knightley, Val Kilmer and Susan Sarandon and directors Ron Howard and Edgar Wright.

Tony leaves twin sons Max and Frank and his wife, actor Donna.

His death is being treated as suicide.