Ridley Scott

Director, Producer
One of the more respected and prolific filmmakers in modern cinema, director-producer Ridley Scott amassed a portfolio containing some of the most critically and commercially successful movies of all time. Emerging from ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1937 in South Shields, England, GB

Filmography

Producer (69)

BrainDead 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

PBS/Untitled Ridley Scott Civil War Drama 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Taboo 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Good Wife 2009 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Child 44 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Concussion 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Martian 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Before I Go To Sleep 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Equals 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Exodus: Gods And Kings 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Get Santa 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Killing Kennedy 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Klondike 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Labyrinth 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Meeting Genevieve 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Coma 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Crimes of the Century 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Killing Lincoln 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Out of the Furnace 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Springsteen and I 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Stoker 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Counselor 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The East 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Welcome To the Punch 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

World Without End 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Prometheus 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Prophets of Science Fiction 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Grey 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cracks 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Gettysburg 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Life in a Day 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cyrus 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Robin Hood 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The A-Team 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Pillars of the Earth 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Welcome to the Rileys 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Into the Storm 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tell Tale 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Body of Lies 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Andromeda Strain 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Company (TNT) 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Good Year 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tristan & Isolde 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

In Her Shoes 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kingdom of Heaven 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Matchstick Men 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

AFP: American Fighter Pilots 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Hostage 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Lonely War 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Black Hawk Down 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hannibal 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hunger 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Where the Money Is 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

RKO 281 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Clay Pigeons 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

G.I. Jane 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

White Squall 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Monkey Trouble 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Browning Version 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

1492: The Conquest of Paradise 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Thelma & Louise 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Someone to Watch Over Me 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Killing Jesus (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Gathering Storm (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Kind One (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last Debate (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (29)

The Martian 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Exodus: Gods And Kings 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Counselor 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Prometheus 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Numb3rs 2004 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Robin Hood 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Body of Lies 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

A Good Year 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

All the Invisible Children 2005 (Movie)

co-director(U.K. segment) (Director)

Kingdom of Heaven 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Matchstick Men 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Hawk Down 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Hannibal 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Gladiator 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

G.I. Jane 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

White Squall 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

1492: The Conquest of Paradise 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Thelma & Louise 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Rain 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Someone to Watch Over Me 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Legend 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Blade Runner 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Alien 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Duellists 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Gucci (Movie)

(Director)

The Forever War (Movie)

(Director)

The Kind One (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (13)

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Annual DVD Exclusive Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of Alien Vs. Predator 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI Awards 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Jeff Bridges: Building Bridges 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder By Numbers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hunger: An MTV Sneak Preview 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Columbus: The World's First Astronaut 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor
Other (1)

Terror in the Aisles 1984 (Movie)

film extract("Alien" (1979)) (Other)

Biography

One of the more respected and prolific filmmakers in modern cinema, director-producer Ridley Scott amassed a portfolio containing some of the most critically and commercially successful movies of all time. Emerging from the world of television commercial production, Scott was nearly 40 years old by the time he helmed his first feature "The Duellists" (1977). Its lackluster reception left audiences ill-prepared for the massive impact that came next with the classic science-fiction/horror film "Alien" (1979). Although a commercial disaster at the time, "Blade Runner" (1982) would later be regarded as one of the most influential sci-fi movies ever made, while Scott's on-set behavior during production earned him a lasting reputation as an exceptionally stubborn and difficult director. The years that followed were marked by the ebb and flow of disappointment and triumph, as illustrated by efforts like "Legend" (1985), "Thelma & Louise" (1991), "White Squall" (1996) and "Gladiator" (2000). Remarkably, Scott moved into the next millennium with an even steadier output of work that included such highlights as "Black Hawk Down" (2001), "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005), "American Gangster" (2007) and "Robin Hood" (2010). Having settled into a more efficient and actor-friendly style of filmmaking during the second half of his career, Scott enjoyed the luxury of tackling themes of personal interest on film projects endowed with budgets less-proven directors could only dream of.

Relationships

Giannina Facio Actor

Companion
Acted in several of Scott's films since "Gladiator" (2000)

Felicity Heywood

Wife
Married March 1964 Divorced Dec. 15, 1975

Tony Scott Executive Producer

Brother
Born June 21, 1944 Directed the films "Top Gun" (1986) and "Man on Fire" (2004) Co-produced the TV series "Numb3rs" (CBS), and formed the film and TV production company Scott Free Productions Died Aug. 19, 2012 of apparent suicide

Francis Scott

Father
Served in the British military during WWII; officer in the Royal Engineers

Jordan Scott Executive Producer

Daughter
Born in 1978; mother, Sandy Watson

Elizabeth Scott

Mother
Died 2001

Jake Scott Executive Producer

Son
Born in 1965; mother, Felicity Heywood

Frank Scott

Brother
Born 1934 Joined the Merchant Navy when Ridley was still young Died 1980 from skin cancer

Luke Scott Executive Producer

Son
Born 1968; mother, Felicity Heywood

Sandy Watson Executive Producer

Wife
Married May 24, 1979 Divorced Jan. 12,1989

EDUCATION

Royal College of Art

1960 - 1962
Graduated with first class honors; contemporaries included David Hockney

West Hartlepool College of Art

Hartlepool
Graduated with a Diploma in Design

Milestones

2012

Returned to sci-fi roots as director and producer of "Prometheus," starring Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, and Michael Fassbender

2010

Executive produced the Starz miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth"

2010

Helmed an adaptation of "Robin Hood," starring Crowe as the legendary outlaw and Cate Blanchett as Lady Marian

2010

Co-produced with brother Tony, the film adaptation of the 1980s TV cult classic "The A-Team"

2008

Once again teamed with Crowe for the film adaptation of "Body of Lies"

2007

Helmed "American Gangster," starring Denzel Washington and Crowe; film based on "The Return of Superfly," a New York magazine story by Mark Jacobson about the rise and fall of the 1970s heroin kingpin Frank Lucas; earned a Golden Globe nomination f

2006

Once again directed actor Russell Crowe in the romantic drama "A Good Year"

2005

Directed Orlando Bloom in "Kingdom of Heaven," about the 12th Century Crusades

2003

Directed Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell in "Matchstick Men"

2001

Directed the fact-based drama "Black Hawk Down" about the 1993 U.S. raid on Somalia; earned a Best Director Academy Award nomination

2001

Helmed "Hannibal," the long-awaited sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs"

2000

Produced "Where the Money Is," a modest caper film enlivened by the casting of Paul Newman and Linda Fiorentino

2000

Directed the box-office smash "Gladiator," a drama set in ancient Rome starring Russell Crowe; film received 12 Oscar nominations, including one for Best Director

1999

Served as excutive producer of the acclaimed HBO original movie "RKO 281," about the making of 1941 classic "Citizen Kane"

1998

Co-produced "Clay Pigeons," helmed by David Dobkin

1997

Directed Demi Moore in "G.I. Jane"

1996

Executive produced and directed "White Squall," a fact-based tale of a prep school aboard a brigantine

1995

With brother Tony, purchased London's Shepperton Studios from Panavision subsidiary Lee International

1995

Formed (with brother Tony) the film and television production company Scott Free Productions in Los Angeles, CA

1994

Served as producer only in "Monkey Trouble" and the remake of "The Browning Version," helmed by Mike Figgis

1992

Helmed "1492: The Conquest of Paradise," starring Gerard Depardieu as Christopher Columbus

1991

Produced and directed the acclaimed and controversial "Thelma & Louise"; earned Best Director Oscar nomination

1989

Helmed the intriguing thriller "Black Rain" about two NYC cops who must escort members of the Yakuza back to Japan

1987

Executive produced "Someone to Watch Over Me," a rather conventional but visually stylish romantic thriller; also directed

1985

Stumbled with the fantasy "Legend," starring Tom Cruise; film was critical and box-office disappointment

1982

Helmed first American feature, the sci-fi themed "Blade Runner"; dismissed by audiences at the time, but has since become something of a minor genre classic

1979

Directed the stylish and thrilling sci-fi actioner "Alien"

1977

Feature directorial debut, the period drama "The Duellists"

1968

With brother Tony, co-founded Ridley Scott Associates, a commercial production house; served as managing director

1965

Directed episodes of popular crime docudrama series "Z Cars" (BBC)

1963

Joined BBC television as a production designer; later promoted to director

1962

Directed his first short film "Boy and Bicycle" (released 1965), shot during attendance at Royal College of Art; starred brother Tony and their father

Spent one year in the U.S. on scholarship from Royal College of Art; worked at Time-Life, Inc. with Richard Leacock and D. A. Pennebaker

Bonus Trivia

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Scott ran a production company with his brother Tony called Scott Free.

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Scott's commercial work has been recognized at Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, and by the New York Art Directors' Club.

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Since the 1990s, Ridley Scott enjoyed a secondary career as a producer of such efforts as the 1994 remake of "The Browning Version," "Clay Pigeons" (1998), the acclaimed HBO drama "RKO 281" (1999), and the Paul Newman vehicle "Where the Money Is" (2000).

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"I've never had a problem with strong females. I'm still very much involved in advertising. I've got two companies, and over the past years, the best guys got the jobs of running them and they both happened to be female. I just seem to find females in general carry intuition that's more accurate than men's. I've never really had a problem dealing with and losing arguments to women. So in regards to dealing with the roles they play in my films, it's always been fun really, enjoyable." – Scott quoted in BuzzWeekly, Aug. 22-28, 1997

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"I'm only competitive with myself." – Scott quoted in The London Times, Nov. 8, 1997

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"Most people never tell you the truth. I'll show [brother] Tony a cut of my film, even before the studio sees it. Or vice versa. And then he'll give me 30 pages of notes. But it's always good to be able to bounce things off someone." – Scott to The London Times, Nov. 8, 1997

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On his interest in the military, Scott told Empire (December 1997): "I am interested in that arena. It's pretty sick, I suppose, because in the end they are killers. But they serve their purpose, and there are arguments for and against. But there is war. There's an argument for the presence of real power; the fact that there has been no third world war. Others will argue that that's just a matter of time. But I think not. I think there is an argument for a deterrent."

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"What I do is create worlds. Whether it's historical or futuristic, creating a world is the most attractive thing to me about filmmaking because everything goes, it's a matter of drawing up your own rule book and sticking to it." – Scott to The Los Angeles Times, April 23, 2000

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"Over the years, I've learned to pay attention to material to the extent that I now understand that story and characters are the most important thing in any movie. The audience must identify with someone in a film and go on a journey with them. That's called escapism. I don't care if it's the stupidest mainstream movie or a really smart movie, it's got to communicate." – Scott quoted in The Los Angeles Times, April 23, 2000

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On the revised impression of "Blade Runner" (1982) now thought to be one of the 1980s most influential films, Scott told Stephen Rebello of Movieline (May 2000): "Revenge isn't really sweet when it comes too many years later. As you mature, you realize all the more that the key audience member you must make truly happy is yourself. I'm always sufficiently pragmatic now by the end of the of a film to sit back, stare at it and go, 'That works' or 'Not a bad patch-up, despite a few errors here and there.' Beyond that, you need luck in everything. Why do people got for a film in a huge way when you look at it and go, 'Well, it's OK but it doesn't warrant a giant reaction.' Certain movies just color people's imaginations and you can't predict that."

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"I really forgot how fun the world of science fiction is. It's where anything goes." – Scott on returning to his genre roots with "Prometheus," quoted in Entertainment Weekly, April 20/27, 2012

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