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Ridley Scott is an English director and producer, whose notable hits include Thelma and Louise, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down. He is also recognized as the older brother of director Tony Scott, who committed suicide in August 2012.
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Film director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937, in South Shields, Durham, England. He began pursuing his interest in film while in college and went on to work for the BBC, before founding his own commercial production company, Ridley Scott Associates. He brought his younger brother, Tony Scott, also a director, on to work with him at RSA. Ridley Scott went on to direct many successful films, including Gladiator, Thelma & Louise,
Alien and Blade Runner. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Thelma and Louise (1991), and was again nominated for both Gladiator (2000) and Black Hawk Down (2001). Other notable films include Matchstick Men (2003), American Gangster (2007) and Robin Hood (2010).
English film director and producer Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, England, to Elizabeth and Col. Francis Percy Scott. He had two brothers, one of whom was Tony Scott, who later also became a film director and committed suicide by jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles on August 19, 2012.
Ridley loved watching films as a child, and by the time he reached college, he was actively pursuing a film career. He helped establish the film department at the Royal College of Art, and as his final project there, he made a short film called Boy and Bicycle. He cast his brother, Tony, in the film, which was his directorial debut. After college, Ridley Scott went on to work as a trainee set designer for the BBC, which led to work on a number of popular television series at that time.
In the late 1960s, Scott founded Ridley Scott Associates, a film and commercial production company, and brought Tony on to work with him. The company garnered attention for the Scott brothers, along with other commercial directors, including Alan Parker and Hugh Hudson. Still, Scott continued to pursue a career in film directing. He finally landed a job directing the 1977 film The Duellists, which was nominated for the main prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and won an award for best film.
Scott then went on to direct the movies Alien, starring Sigourney Weaver, and Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford. Blade Runner failed at the box office in 1982, but later became regarded as a classic. In 1986, Scott's brother, Tony, released his first blockbuster, beating Scott to the punch. But Scott quickly caught up in 1991, with the film Thelma & Louise, starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. The film was one of Scott's biggest critical successes, and it helped revive his reputation and receive his first Academy Award nomination for best director.
Along with brother Tony Scott, in 1995, Scott founded and operated Scott Free Productions and worked on numerous commercials and television shows, in addition to his feature films. The film Gladiator, released in 2000 and starring Russell Crowe, became another huge commercial success for the director. Gladiator won five Academy Awards, including for best picture and best actor, and Scott received an Academy Award nomination (for best director) for his work on the film.
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