While filming the movie Spy Game in Hungary, with Brad Pitt and Robert Redford, Tony Scott would seek out a North East sound recordist who was working on the movie to catch up on news from the place he still called home.
Film director Duncan Jones wrote on Twitter: "Tony was a truly lovely man who took me under his wing & ignited my passion to make films."
He added: "Awww Tony. Wish you had felt there was a way to keep going. What a sad waste. My thoughts go out to his wife and beautiful children."
North East film director Tony Scott has died after apparently jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles. The 68-year-old, originally from North Shields, was best known for Hollywood blockbusters Top Gun and Beverley Hills Cop II. American officials say they're treating his death as a suicide.