Tony Scott

Best known for his high-voltage action flicks and the faded red baseball cap that became his trademark, director Tony Scott was born June 21, 1944, in North Shields, England. His mother instilled in him a love of movies -- just as she did his famous filmmaking brother Ridley.

After Tony got his start helming TV commercials in Britain, he transitioned to Hollywood cinema in 1983 with the vampire thriller The Hunger, which promptly flopped. But his next endeavor, Top Gun (1986), vaulted him to Tinseltown's top tier, along with leading man Tom Cruise. Tony reteamed with Cruise four years later for Days of Thunder.

Tony's impressive canon also includes five collaborations with megastar Denzel Washington: Crimson Tide (1995), Man on Fire (2004), Déjà Vu (2006), the 2009 remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and Tony's final directorial outing, Unstoppable (2010). He died Aug. 19, 2012, at the age of 68.