November 30 in Sci-Fi History: Ridley Scott Turns 80

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Mar 26, 2021, 6:00 PM EDT (Updated)

It was on this day in 1937 that Ridley Scott was born. Let’s do this, because holy wow, that’s a pretty serious thing for sci-fi history.

Born in northeast England, Scott studied film at the Royal College of Art in London. He made a ton of short films and ultimately a feature about the Napoleonic Wars called The Duellists (1977).

Two years later, in 1979, Ridley Scott made Alien.


Alien was a massive success, and Scott was credited with creating a world as impressive as Star Wars – only way more terrifying. As a follow-up, he made Blade Runner (1982).


Scott was so big by that point that he was hired to shoot the famous 1984 Apple Macintosh Computer spot for the Super Bowl.


He could really do no wrong after those two, right? Well, then he made Legend (1985). It wasn't as good as its predecessors, but still, Legend.


So, then, moving right along, by 1991, Scott made Thelma & Louise. A lot of people credit him with just the science fiction stuff, but he also launched Brad Pitt’s career.


From there a ton more, including Gladiator (2000), American Gangster (2007), Robin Hood (2010), Prometheus (2012), The Martian (2015), and Alien: Covenant (2017).


Happy birthday, Ridley Scott. You're a badass.

Before we go, let's not forget to wish a happy birthday to Robert Kirkman. We sat down with him earlier this year for a chat.


One of the five partners at Image Comics, Kirkman created the current incarnation of The Walking Dead that everyone's so ga-ga over. He also created Invincible. He was born on this day in 1978.

Tomorrow: Brazil.