Ridley Scott

BirthDay:

30 Nov 1937

BirthPlace:

South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, UK

Bio:

Ridley Scott was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham) on 30 November 1937. His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the UK and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside.

Scott wanted to join Army (his elder brother Frank had already joined the Merchant Navy) but his father encouraged him to develop his artistic talents instead and so he went to West Hartlepool College of Art and then London's Royal College of Art where he helped found the film department.

He joined BBC in 1962 as trainee set designer working on several high profile shows. He attended a trainee director's course while he was there and his first directing job was an episode of the prestigious BBC series Z Cars (1962), Z Cars: Error of Judgement (1965).

More TV work followed until, frustrated by the poor financial rewards at the BBC, he went into advertising. With his younger brother, Tony Scott, he formed the advertising production company RSA (Ridley Scott Associates) in 1967 and spent the next 10 years making some of the best known and best loved TV adverts ever shown on British television, including a series of ads for Hovis bread set to the music of Dvorak's New World Symphony which are still talked about today ("'e were a great baker were our dad.")

He began working with producer David Puttnam in the 1970s developing ideas for feature films. Their first joint endeavour, The Duellists (1977) won the Jury Prize for Best First Work at Cannes in 1977 and was nominated for the Palm d'Or, more than successfully launching Scott's feature film career.

The success of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) inspired Scott's return to sci-fi (he had been a production designer on the cult series Doctor Who (1963) while he was at the BBC) and he accepted the offer to direct Dan O'Bannon's low budget sci-fi horror movie Alien (1979), a critical and commercial success that firmly established his worldwide reputation as a movie director.

Blade Runner (1982) followed in 1982 to, at best, a lukewarm reception from public and critics but in the years that followed, its reputation grew - and Scott's with it - as one of the most important sci-fi movies ever made.

Scott's next major project was back in the advertising world where he created another of the most talked-about advertising spots in broadcast history when his "1984"-inspired ad for the new Apple Macintosh computer was aired during the Super Bowl on 22 January 1984.

Scott's movie career has seen a few flops (notably Legend (1985) and 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)), but with successes like Thelma & Louise (1991), Gladiator (2000) and Black Hawk Down (2001) to offset them, his reputation remains solidly intact.

Sir Ridley was knighted in 2003 for his "substantial contribution to the British film industry".
Filmography

Actor ( 55 credits )

Celebrity Conversations (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
The Drunken Peasants (2014)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus (2012) Himself
Gold Rush: The Dirt (2012)  Himself - Executive Producer (1 episode, 2014)
Special Look (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
CBS This Morning (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Prophets of Science Fiction (2011)  Himself (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Hollywood's Best Film Directors (2009)  Film Director / ... (1 episode, 2012)
New Weekly Critique on Fuji TV (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Mark at the Movies (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Séries express (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2012)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
Cinema mil (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The Suite with Dave Karger (2005)  Himself - Guest (2005)
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004) Himself
Murder by Numbers (2004) Himself
The Culture Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Mark Lawson Talks to... (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Filmland (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Film Genre (2002)  Himself (2 episodes, 2002)
The Hollywood Machine (2002)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Hollywood, Inc. (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
History vs. Hollywood (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Eigo de shabera-night (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
+ de cinéma (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
The Big Story (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode)
Hannity & Colmes (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Kulturzeit (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Close-up (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (4 episodes, 2000-2012)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 1991)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2002-2007)
E.T. - Entretenimento Total (1991)  Himself
Signals (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
The Media Show (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1988)
Bains de minuit (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1988)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (3 episodes, 1988-2013)
Channel 4 News (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Giger's Alien (1979) Himself
Hollywood Greats (1977)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
One of the Missing (1969) Unionist officer (uncredited)
60 Minutes (1968)  Himself - Director (segment "Explaining Russell Crowe
Omnibus (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)

Producer ( 87 credits )

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) producer
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) producer
Alien: Covenant (2017) producer
Felt (2017) producer
The Terror (2017) executive producer
Untitled the Good Wife Spin-off (2017) executive producer
The Aftermath (2017) producer
Zoe (2017) executive producer
Morgan (2016) executive producer
Mindhorn (2016) producer
BrainDead (2016) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Mercy Street (2016) executive producer (6 episodes, 2016)
Jean-Claude Van Johnson (2016) executive producer
Equals (2015) producer
Zero (2015) executive producer
Concussion (2015) producer
The Martian (2015) producer
Child 44 (2015) producer
Killing Jesus (2015) executive producer
The Man in the High Castle (2015) executive producer (11 episodes, 2015-2016)
Get Santa (2014) executive producer
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) producer
Before I Go to Sleep (2014) producer
Italy in a Day (2014) executive producer
Halo: Nightfall (2014) executive producer (1 episode, 2014)
Galyntine (2014) executive producer
Out of the Furnace (2013) producer
The Counselor (2013) producer
Springsteen & I (2013) executive producer
Welcome to the Punch (2013) executive producer
The East (2013) producer
Stoker (2013) producer
The Polar Bears (2012) producer
Japan in a Day (2012) executive producer
Britain in a Day (2012) executive producer
Prometheus (2012) producer
Ghost Recon: Alpha (2012) producer
Labyrinth (2012) producer (2 episodes, 2012)
Loom (2012) executive producer
The Grey (2011) producer
Life in a Day (2011) executive producer
Prophets of Science Fiction (2011) executive producer (8 episodes, 2011-2012)
Call of Duty ELITE: Friday Night Fights (2011) executive producer (17 episodes, 2011-2012)
The A-Team (2010) executive producer
Robin Hood (2010) producer
Welcome to the Rileys (2010) executive producer
Cyrus (2010) executive producer
Cracks (2009) executive producer
Tell Tale (2009) producer
The Good Wife (2009) executive producer (111 episodes, 2009-2014)
Body of Lies (2008) producer
American Gangster (2007) producer
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) producer
A Good Year (2006) producer
Tristan + Isolde (2006) executive producer
In Her Shoes (2005) producer
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) producer
Numb3rs (2005) executive producer (116 episodes, 2005-2010)
Matchstick Men (2003) producer
Ticker (2002) executive producer
Beat the Devil (2002) executive producer
Hostage (2002) executive producer
AFP: American Fighter Pilot (2002) executive producer
Black Hawk Down (2001) producer
Hannibal (2001) producer
Gladiator (2000) executive producer (uncredited)
Where the Money Is (2000) producer
Clay Pigeons (1998) producer
G.I. Jane (1997) producer
The Hunger (1997) executive producer (4 episodes, 1997-1999)
White Squall (1996) executive producer
The Browning Version (1994) producer
Monkey Trouble (1994) executive producer
1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) producer
Thelma & Louise (1991) producer
Someone to Watch Over Me (1987) executive producer
Blade Runner (1982) co-producer (uncredited)
Boy and Bicycle (1965) producer
Potsdamer Platz (0) producer
The Sector (0) executive producer
David (0) producer
The Burning Woman (0) producer
Untitled Neill Blomkamp/Alien Project (0) producer
Emma's War (0) producer
Monopoly (0) producer
Lords of Chaos (0) producer
Earthless (0) producer

Writer ( 2 credits )

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Boy and Bicycle (1965) (written by)

Director ( 34 credits )

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Alien: Covenant (2017) (attached)
The Martian (2015)
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
The Counselor (2013)
Prometheus (2012)
Robin Hood (2010)
Body of Lies (2008)
American Gangster (2007)
A Good Year (2006)
All the Invisible Children (2005) (segment "Jonathan")
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Hannibal (2001)
Gladiator (2000)
G.I. Jane (1997)
White Squall (1996)
1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
The King of Ads (1991) (segments "Chanel No. 5 'I Don't Want' commercial", "Pepsi-Cola 'Spaceship' Commercial")
Black Rain (1989)
Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
Legend (1985)
Blade Runner (1982)
Alien (1979)
The Duellists (1977)
Half Hour Story (1967) (1 episode, 1967)
Adam Adamant Lives! (1966) (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
The Informer (1966) (2 episodes, 1967)
Mogul (1965) (1 episode, 1969)
Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965) (1 episode, 1966)
Boy and Bicycle (1965)
Z Cars (1962) (1 episode, 1965)

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