David Rodman “Roddy” Scott, 30, an award-winning writer and director at MTV who created comic promotional spots for movies and TV programs such as “The Osbournes,” “Napoleon Dynamite” and “50 First Dates,” died March 21, 2005 at his home in Brooklyn, NY of complications from Type 1 diabetes.
Scott, known as Roddy, was born in Philadelphia Oct. 5, 1974 and grew up in Bethesda, MD and Princeton. He graduated from Princeton’s John Witherspoon School in 1988, Kent School of Kent, CT in 1993, and the University of Vermont in 1998.
From 1999 to 2005, Scott wrote and directed promotions for popular MTV programs and movies. Known for his mischievous (and relentless) humor and ability to charm celebrities, Scott directed such stars as Jack Black, Johnny Knoxville, Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Gwen Stefani, Ed McMahon and Erik Estrada.
Scott showed a talent for devising ludicrous situations, and two days after his death received a gold New York ADDY for a memorable promo for “The Osbournes,” featuring children playing Ozzy and his family. Parodying the decidedly vulgar heavy metal singer and his family, every third word the children speak is a bleeped-out profanity. The spot will now be considered for regional and national ADDY awards.
He is survived by his parents Ruth and David Scott of Princeton; his sister and brother-in-law Cintra Scott and Ian Mount of New York City; and seven aunts, an uncle and their families.
Donations may be made in Roddy’s memory to the Roddy Scott Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.