Director Tony Scott, to the shock and sadness of Hollywood and moviegoers, committed suicide this past weekend by jumping off the Los Angeles bridge. He was only 68 years old, yet he’d made 16 films, many of which starred some of the biggest names in black Hollywood.

Denzel Washington was his most frequent collaborator; the pair made five films together, virtually all of them hits. Scott also worked with Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Damon Wayans and Will Smith.

As friends, collaborators and fans weigh in on his tragic death, take a look back with theGrio at his high-profile work with African-American actors.