Hollywood deaths in 2012
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Top Gun... Tony Scott (Credit: Wenn)
Tony Scott (1944 - 2012)
Tony Scott's crowd-pleasing filmography sits at stark odds with the tragic circumstances of his death. Born in North Shields and brother of fellow director Ridley Scott, he took his own life by jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles on August 19.
His death rocked the movie world, particularly as he was poised to make a sequel to his 1986 smash 'Top Gun' with Tom Cruise. He had been scouting locations just days before his death.
But Scott will be remembered for a slew of hits, from 'True Romance' and 'Beverly Hills Cop II' to 'Days of Thunder' and 'The Last Boy Scout'.
Gentle giant... Michael Clarke Duncan (Credit: Wenn)
Michael Clarke Duncan (1957 - 2012)
Tributes for Michael Clarke Duncan showered the man-mountain (he was a towering 6ft 5in) with praise for his kindness and generosity on his death of a heart attack in September.
The Chicago-born actor - a former bodyguard for the likes of Will Smith and the Notorious B.I.G. - made his name playing the colossal Bear in 'Armageddon', but quickly went on to his iconic performance as convict John Coffey in 'The Green Mile' alongside Tom Hanks. Other notable performances came in 'Sin City' and 'The Island', as well as solid voice work in 'Kung Fu Panda' and 'Family Guy'.
“He was magic. He was a big love of man, and his passing leaves us stunned,” said Hanks at his memorial.
Scribe... Nora Ephron (Credit: Wenn)
Nora Ephron (1941 - 2012)
Nora Ephron was born to screenwriting, growing up in Beverly Hills with her screenwriter parents Phoebe and Henry Ephron.