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Birth information

30 November 1937 South Shields, County Durham, England, UK

Nickname

R-Scott
Rid

How tall is Ridley Scott?

1.74 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Giannina Facio
Sandy Watson
Felicity Heywood

Life Story of Ridley Scott

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the United Kingdom and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside. Scott wanted to join the Royal 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.

In 1962, he joined the BBC as a trainee set designer working on several high profile series. He attended a trainee director's course while he was there and his first directing job was on an episode of the popular BBC police 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...

Significant features of Ridley Scott

His stunning visuals - he personally sketches most of his own storyboards, left-handed, with great artistic style (The Duellists (1977), Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Legend (1985), Black Rain (1989), Thelma & Louise (1991), 1492 - Die Eroberung des Paradieses (1992),...

Publications and Magazines about Ridley Scott

Richard Alan Schwartz The Films of Ridley Scott. 2001
Paul M. Sammon Ridley Scott: The Making of His Movies. 1999
James Clarke Ridley Scott. 2002
Laurence Raw The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia. 2009
Juan Andrés Pedrero Santos Ridley Scott. El imperio de la luz. 2012

Biographical movies about Ridley Scott

Duelling Directors: Ridley Scott & Kevin Reynolds 2002

What movies did Ridley Scott play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Battle of Britain , Blade Runner: Black Lotus , David , Earthless , Emma's War , Gladiator 2 , Potsdamer Platz , The Cartel , War Party , Empire of the Summer Moon , The Last Duel , Raised by Wolves , Death on the Nile (2020) , Naked Singularity (2020) , A Christmas Carol (2019) , Pompeii , Earthquake Bird (2019) , The Terror (2019) , Jungleland (2019) , Lyrebird (2019) , Strange Angel (2019) , The Hot Zone (2019) , The Good Fight (2019) , The...

Birth information

30 November 1937 South Shields, County Durham, England, UK

Nickname

R-Scott
Rid

How tall is Ridley Scott?

1.74 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Giannina Facio
Sandy Watson
Felicity Heywood

Life Story of Ridley Scott

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the United Kingdom and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside. Scott wanted to join the Royal 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.

In 1962, he joined the BBC as a trainee set designer working on several high profile series. He attended a trainee director's course while he was there and his first directing job was on an episode of the popular BBC police 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...

Significant features of Ridley Scott

His stunning visuals - he personally sketches most of his own storyboards, left-handed, with great artistic style (The Duellists (1977), Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Legend (1985), Black Rain (1989), Thelma & Louise (1991), 1492 - Die Eroberung des Paradieses (1992),...

Publications and Magazines about Ridley Scott

Richard Alan Schwartz The Films of Ridley Scott. 2001
Paul M. Sammon Ridley Scott: The Making of His Movies. 1999
James Clarke Ridley Scott. 2002
Laurence Raw The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia. 2009
Juan Andrés Pedrero Santos Ridley Scott. El imperio de la luz. 2012

Biographical movies about Ridley Scott

Duelling Directors: Ridley Scott & Kevin Reynolds 2002

What movies did Ridley Scott play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Battle of Britain , Blade Runner: Black Lotus , David , Earthless , Emma's War , Gladiator 2 , Potsdamer Platz , The Cartel , War Party , Empire of the Summer Moon , The Last Duel , Raised by Wolves , Death on the Nile (2020) , Naked Singularity (2020) , A Christmas Carol (2019) , Pompeii , Earthquake Bird (2019) , The Terror (2019) , Jungleland (2019) , Lyrebird (2019) , Strange Angel (2019) , The Hot Zone (2019) , The Good Fight (2019) , The...

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Ridley Scott in Alles Geld der Welt (2017)

Education: West Hartlepool College of Art (1954-1958: Diploma in Design 1958, with honors); Royal College of Art (autumn 1958-1961: M.A. in Graphic Design 1961). Two postgraduate courses at the RCA followed. Then he got a traveling scholarship and went to New York, where he gained experience in editing at Leacock/Pennebaker. A year later he would return to England where he worked as an art director for the BBC. His skill in designing sets for television eventually led to designing sets for commercials. After participating in the BBC's directors training course, he quit television. He decided to focus almost entirely on his advertisements and in 1965 he opened his own commercial production company called Ridley Scott Associates.

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Ridley Scott and Michelle Williams in Alles Geld der Welt (2017)

Family: Brother of director Tony Scott; Father of music video director Jake Scott; Son of Elizabeth Jean Scott; Father of actress Jordan Scott with Sandy Watson.

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Ridley Scott and Katherine Waterston in Alien: Covenant (2017)

Whilst working as a set designer at the BBC, Scott was assigned to design the Daleks for the popular BBC TV serial Doctor Who (1963). Scott passed the work on to his friend Raymond Cusick, as he was unable to attend the filming at Ealing.

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Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott in Ein gutes Jahr (2006)

Owns the visual effects company Mill Film, based in London. They did the majority of the effects work on Gladiator (2000).

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Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott in Ein gutes Jahr (2006)

2001: Ranked #31 in Entertainment Weekly's Power List.

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Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott in Ein gutes Jahr (2006)

1986: Enya's recording "Aldebaran" is dedicated to him.

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Christian Bale and Ridley Scott in Exodus: Götter und Könige (2014)

1990s: He was developing a film adaptation of the Richard Matheson novel, "I Am Legend". The project was filmed in 2008 by Francis Lawrence.

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Ridley Scott in Exodus: Götter und Könige (2014)

Owns Shepperton Studios in the United Kingdom with his brother Tony Scott.

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Ridley Scott in Trespassing Bergman (2013)

2003: Ranked #25 in Premiere magazine's annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #30 in 2002.

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Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott in Exodus: Götter und Könige (2014)

He has dedicated several of his films in memory of his family: Blade Runner (1982) to his brother Frank, Black Hawk Down (2001) to his mother, and The Counsellor (2013) and Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) to his brother Tony. Ridley also paid tribute to his late brother Tony at the 2016 Golden Globes, after The Martian (2015) won Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.

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Ridley Scott and Noomi Rapace in Prometheus - Dunkle Zeichen (2012)

Directed a Maxwell House coffee commercial that starred Shakira Caine. Michael Caine saw the commercial and was so taken by her beauty, he desperately searched for her. They have been married 30 years.

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John Hurt and Ridley Scott in Alien - Das unheimliche Wesen aus einer fremden Welt (1979)

Of all the professional actors he has hired / worked with for his films, over 50% come from elite drama schools and the theatre, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, The Globe Theatre, The Old Vic and the National Theatre in London, which he feels brings as large a presence to the screen as the actors do to the stage.

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Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott in Robin Hood (2010)

Has worked with three Aragorns. His first theatrical film, The Duellists (1977), featured Sir Robert Stephens, who played Aragorn in the BBC radio adaptation. His breakthrough film, Alien (1979), featured John Hurt, who voiced the character in the Ralph Bakshi animated film The Lord of the Rings (1978). G.I. Jane (1997) featured Viggo Mortensen, who played the part in Peter Jackson's live-action adaptation.

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Ridley Scott in Robin Hood (2010)

His first feature film, The Duellists (1977) is based on a Joseph Conrad story. In his next film, Alien (1979), the spaceship was known as the Nostromo and its escape ship as the Narcissus. Both are names taken from Conrad stories.

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Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott in Robin Hood (2010)

2005: Ranked #5 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Greatest directors ever!".

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Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott in Robin Hood (2010)

2005: Ranked #28 on Premiere magazine's Power 50 List. Had ranked #32 in 2004.

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Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott in Robin Hood (2010)

While in college at the Royal College of Art, he was a contributor to the college magazine ARK. He also helped establish a film studies department at the school.

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Ridley Scott and Brian Grazer in Robin Hood (2010)

In 1994, he was slated to direct "Hot Zone" from a screenplay by James V. Hart based on the 1992 New Yorker article "Crisis in the Hot Zone" by Richard Preston. The film was to star Robert Redford and Jodie Foster and was based on the true story of the discovery of the deadly Ebola virus. Various factors, including the development of the similarly-plotted Outbreak (1995), led to the project being canceled. The very day this happened, Scott read the script for White Squall (1996) and decided to direct it.

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Russell Crowe, Ridley Scott, and Max von Sydow in Robin Hood (2010)

Suffers from claustrophobia, a condition he actively sought to instill in his Alien (1979) cast by making their Nostromo living quarters as cramped as possible.

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Ridley Scott in Hannibal (2001)

Coming from an army and fine arts background, he is an inveterate stickler for detail who tackles each movie project with the vehemence of a general with a battle plan. His persistent scrutiny of minutiae on the Alien (1979) shoot prompted Sigourney Weaver to complain that he cared more about his props and sets than he did about his cast.

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Anthony Hopkins and Ridley Scott in Hannibal (2001)

Divides his time among his homes in Hampstead (UK), France and Los Angeles.

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Julianne Moore and Ridley Scott in Hannibal (2001)

Like his brother Tony Scott, he is an avid smoker of Montecristo Cuban cigars.

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Ridley Scott in Königreich der Himmel (2005)

In late 2005, he was preparing to direct "The Invisible World" from a screenplay by Dana Stevens based on a treatment by Washington Post correspondent David Ignatius. The film was to star Angelina Jolie, and was based on the abduction of a female journalist in Iraq. However, Jolie's pregnancy at the time halted production, putting off the project altogether. This sudden opening in Scott's schedule allowed him to direct American Gangster (2007) the following year.

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Ridley Scott and Orlando Bloom in Königreich der Himmel (2005)

Ranked #35 in the 2008 Telegraph's list "the 100 most powerful people in British culture".

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Demi Moore and Ridley Scott in Die Akte Jane (1997)

He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2003 Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to the film Industry.

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Demi Moore, Ridley Scott, and Jason Beghe in Die Akte Jane (1997)

The famous Superbowl television commercial "1984" Scott directed for the launch of Apple's Macintosh was filmed on Stage H at Shepperton Studios where Scott had earlier filmed his exterior landscapes for Alien (1979). Apple paid an estimated $1m for the one-off telecast of the commercial during Superbowl XVIII where the Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9. Scott estimated a budget of approximately $350,000 for the commercial.

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Ridley Scott in Die Akte Jane (1997)

The 2009 Sunday Times List estimated his net worth at $172 million.

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Russell Crowe, Ridley Scott, and Cate Blanchett in Robin Hood (2010)

Father of Jake Scott and Luke Scott with Felicity Heywood.

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Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott in Der Mann, der niemals lebte (2008)

Is frequently involved, as producer and director, with historically-oriented projects: The Duellists (1977), 1492 - Die Eroberung des Paradieses (1992), Gladiator (2000), The Pillars of the Earth (2010).

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Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ridley Scott in Der Mann, der niemals lebte (2008)

Was 39 years old when he directed The Duellists (1977), his first feature length film.

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Ridley Scott and Donald De Line in Der Mann, der niemals lebte (2008)

In 2012, Scott was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork - The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover - to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life that he most admires to mark his 80th birthday.

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Ridley Scott in Der Mann, der niemals lebte (2008)

In 2011, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Ridley Scott in Der Mann, der niemals lebte (2008)

His hand-drawn storyboards along with personal notes for Alien (1979) were published in the Winter 2014 issue of Directors Guild Quarterly magazine, "Drawing Board: Alien Creature," pp. 58-59.

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Harrison Ford, Ridley Scott, Ryan Gosling, etc.

Honorary doctorate by the Royal College of Art. [July 3, 2015].

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Ridley Scott in Der Blade Runner (1982)

One of his favorite films is Muriels Hochzeit (1994): "I've seen it 6 times, it's really fantastic." [Hollywood Reporter, Roundtable 2015].

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Ridley Scott in Der Blade Runner (1982)

Said that Peter Watkins's The War Game (1966), about London being nuclear-bombed had an impact on him: "I thought about it for a week after seeing it." And The Road (2009), based on Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel: "That's really scary. I think there's a degree of uneasy accuracy. (...) We don't want to even consider that." [2016].

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Harrison Ford and Ridley Scott in Der Blade Runner (1982)

He is left-handed.

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Ridley Scott and Michelle Williams in Alles Geld der Welt (2017)

He is cited as a major influence by the Canadian director James Cameron, who made the first sequel to Scott's Alien (1979), as well as iconic films such as The Terminator (1984), Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009). Cameron has admitted that he goes to see any new Ridley Scott film because "...he is such an artist, he's such a filmmaker. I always learn from him".

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Mark Wahlberg, Ridley Scott, and Christopher Plummer in Alles Geld der Welt (2017)

Received a TCL Chinese Theatre handprint ceremony on May 17, 2017. His hands and feet were encased in cement outside the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. He first set foot on the famous sidewalk in 1960, when he had no intention of entering the movie business. He was 22, fresh out of college and after working in New York for nine months, saved enough money to travel to L.A. on a Greyhound bus. "One of the big deals for me was to come to Hollywood," Scott remembered. "I stayed in a boarding house nearby and walked to Hollywood Boulevard. I remember standing outside and staring at the footprints. Never, ever, would I have thought that this would happen." [Variety 2017].

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Ridley Scott and Christopher Plummer in Alles Geld der Welt (2017)

Considers The Counsellor (2013) to be one of his best films.

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