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Tony Scott family creates scholarship fund for filmmakers

UPI News Service, 08/27/2012 

The family of late British filmmaker Tony Scott has created a scholarship fund to support future filmmakers' careers, the family said in a statement Monday.

The Tony Scott Scholarship Fund through the American Film Institute seeks "to help encourage and engage future generations of filmmakers," the family said in the statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

The family held a private funeral for Scott in Los Angeles Friday, five days after he died.

The reason Scott, 68, took his own life is unknown.

He jumped 185 feet to his death in Los Angeles Harbor from a suspension bridge around 12:30 p.m. Aug. 19.

He left a wife, actress Donna Wilson Scott, and their 12-year-old twin sons, Max and Frank.

Scott's films included "Top Gun," "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Crimson Tide," "Enemy of the State," "Deja Vu," "The Taking of Pelham 123" and "Unstoppable."

He was the younger brother of fellow director Ridley Scott, whose best-known works include "Blade Runner," "Thelma & Louise," "Gladiator," "Black Hawk Down," "Matchstick Men," "Kingdom of Heaven," "American Gangster," "Robin Hood" and "Prometheus."

The 45-year-old AFI is a non-profit educational and cultural organization that seeks to preserve motion picture history, honor film artists and their work, and "educate the next generation of storytellers," the institute's Web site says.

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