20 August 2012
Last updated at 15:06
Tony Scott, who died in Los Angeles on Sunday, worked in advertising in the 1970s with his brother, fellow director Ridley Scott. Both then moved to Hollywood to forge hugely successful film careers.
Following the underwhelming commercial and critical response to his debut film The Hunger, Scott's second film, Top Gun, was his breakthrough movie. The 1986 film also made a star of Tom Cruise, pictured here with co-star Kelly McGillis.
Cruise went on to star in another Scott blockbuster, Days of Thunder. The actor met his second wife, Australian actress Nicole Kidman, on the set of the film in 1990.
Days of Thunder, based around US NASCAR racing, was described by some film critics as "Top Gun on wheels". Scott is seen here on the far left, Cruise on the right
Actor Denzel Washington collaborated with Tony Scott on five films in all - Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, Deja Vu, The Taking of Pelham 123 and, most recently Unstoppable. Washington also worked with the director's brother on the film American Gangster.
True Romance, written by Quentin Tarantino and released in 1993, was something of a departure for Scott. A violent road movie, Scott apparently changed the final scenes so that the two leading characters survived, ensuring a happy ending. It has since gone on to enjoy cult status among cinephiles.
Scott (centre) and Jerry Bruckheimer (right) worked together on several movies including Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Enemy of the State and Crimson Tide. They are pictured here with Scott's brother Ridley (left).
The Scott brothers worked together this year on the sci-fi film Prometheus, with Tony producing and Ridley in the director's chair. Tony was also due to produce the recently-announced Prometheus 2.
The brothers' production company, called Scott Free, has also produced several TV series, including FBI thriller Numb3rs and hit legal drama The Good Wife (pictured), starring Julianna Margulies as the wife of a disgraced politician.
Scott's action packed movies may never have made him a critical darling - many accused him of having a style over substance approach - but that didn't stop him creating box office hit after box office hit.