Hollywood Mourns Bill Paxton's Death
The actor died at 61 due to complications from surgery.
Bill Paxton, an Emmy-nominated actor whose four-decade career included roles in such films as Aliens, Twister and Titanic as well as TV shows Big Love and Hatsfields & McCoys, has died due to complications from surgery. He was 61.
Paxton's family on Sunday released a statement saying, "A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."
Paxton was nominated for an Emmy for his role on the miniseries Hatsfields & McCoys. He also played a polygamist on HBO's Big Love, earning him three Golden Globe nominations.
"We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Paxton," HBO said in a statement. "Big Love was a seminal series for HBO for many years due to Bill's extraordinary talent and grace. Off screen, he was as warm, smart and fun as one could be. A true friend to so many at HBO. He will be greatly missed."
Paxton also starred on CBS' Training Day, which premiered this month based on Antoine Fuqua's feature film of the same name. Fuqua said in a statement, "Bill was someone whose goodness and compassion was evident from the moment you met him. He was an immense talent and the type of guy you wanted to spend as much time with both in front of, and behind, the camera. My heartfelt condolences to his family."
Said Training Day producer Jerry Bruckheimer in a statement: "We are truly devastated at the passing of our friend Bill Paxton. He was a tremendously talented actor, and a wonderful man beloved by the entire Training Day cast and crew. Bill’s extraordinary body of work ensures that he will never be forgotten. Our heartfelt condolences to Bill’s family and friends. He will be missed more than we can possibly express."
Longtime friend Bud Cort paid tribute in a statement sent to THR: "Bill…I’m not letting go. You mean too much to me. All of the laughs and joyful times and deep conversations we've shared for so many years are safe in my heart forever. You really did it Bill.. and with such style, class and soul and intelligence and ,of course, your incomparable humor. It was an honor to be your friend Bill and a privilege to act with you, to make music with you and... most of all, just to hang with you. I love you Bill. All my prayers and deepest sympathy to Louise, James and Lydia and to your Mom and brother and your great dad John- who I know for sure you are with now. God bless you brother. Always..."
Paxton had already completed work on The Circle, the adaptation of Dave Eggers’ book directed by James Ponsoldt. In the film, which is slated for release via STX on April 28, Paxton plays the father of Emma Watson’s character.
In a statement, James Cameron — with whom Paxton worked on multiple films from Aliens to Titanic — called the actor "a great human."
"He took good care of his relationships with people, always caring and present for others," Cameron told Vanity Fair. "He was a good man, a great actor and a creative dynamo. I hope that amid the gaudy din of Oscar night, people will take a moment to remember this wonderful man, not just for all the hours of joy he brought to us with his vivid screen presence, but for the great human that he was. The world is a lesser place for his passing, and I will profoundly miss him."
Added his Aliens co-star Sigourney Weaver: "Bill brought such authenticity to everything he did — in life and in his work. He was the quintessential Texan — incredibly charming, warm, generous, always with a twinkle in his eye. He loved his family, his friends, his work and gave them his all. I can’t believe he’s gone."
Tom Hanks, William Shatner, Ron Howard and Tony Goldwyn expressed their sympathies on Paxton's passing on social media. See the tweets pouring in from stars below.
We were just two guys on top of the world. Rest easy my friend pic.twitter.com/R0ZwB0zv5q— Justin Cornwell (@justin_cornwell) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man... Hanx.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 26, 2017
Very sad to hear about Bill Paxton. His talent, enthusiasm and energy were unique. Our thoughts are with his family pic.twitter.com/W4IVuILHxv— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) February 26, 2017
Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. Renaissance man, raconteur and— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017
uniquely American national treasure. His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing. My love to Bunny, James and Lydia.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017
RIP Bill Paxton. So very good every time. In addition to his iconic roles, he was amazing in Near Dark, A Simple Plan & Edge of Tomorrow.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) February 26, 2017
RIP Bill...You'll never be forgotten https://t.co/jaqwkIn4Mp— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) February 26, 2017
RIP to one of my favorites since "Weird Science," the great Bill Paxton.— Adam Richman (@AdamRichman) February 26, 2017
From humor to action to romance, he was electric & captivating
Absolutely heartbroken bill Paxton was a true legend one of the realist guys i had the pleasure and honor of being able to call a friend— Franz Drameh (@OfficialfranzD) February 26, 2017
RIP Bill Paxton. We lost you WAY too soon. https://t.co/HOcxm8yewD— Tony Goldwyn (@tonygoldwyn) February 26, 2017
So sad Bill Paxton passed away. A memorable talent and an all around kind man. We played air guitar at a concert once#twisterfanforever— Keegan Allen (@KeeganAllen) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton is 1of my favorite actors.I was able 2tell him so when we met yrs ago.Paxton was wonderful in everything he did. He inspired us. pic.twitter.com/hAXR9unvb6— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) February 26, 2017
RIP Bill Paxton. Time to rewatch his excellent work in this: pic.twitter.com/6161Xne7Ge— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) February 26, 2017
Unbelievable. Bill Paxton is gone. Shocking. RIP— Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) February 26, 2017
Farewell and rest in peace to Bill Paxton. Gone way too soon. Thanks for all the memories. pic.twitter.com/is1aEeKN1s— Cullen Bunn (@cullenbunn) February 26, 2017
Damn man. Bill Paxton was in a lot of my favorite movies. On the low he was everywhere:… https://t.co/YxHbIwym9E— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton was notoriously one of the nicest people in the industry. He also gave us some of the all-time most iconic movie moments.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) February 26, 2017
The loss of #BillPaxton is beyond crushing. Once again, an icon, far too young, gone far too soon. Goodbye Private Hudson.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 26, 2017
No!!! Bill Paxton passed away at 61. RIP a fine actor.— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) February 26, 2017
I wake up to find out Bill Paxton died. Loved him as an actor. Sorely missed.— Rob Dyke (@TheRobDyke) February 26, 2017
Condolences to the family of Bill Paxton. I just heard the news.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 26, 2017
Ugh RIP Bill Paxton. Hudson in "Aliens" and Simon in "True Lies" are awesome characters— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) February 26, 2017
I am so saddened by Bill Paxton's passing. Had the pleasure of meeting him a few times in recent years and he was truly the loveliest guy.— edgarwright (@edgarwright) February 26, 2017
What a drag. RIP Bill Paxton. pic.twitter.com/UU39mcCA9Z— Greg Capullo (@GregCapullo) February 26, 2017
Really sad news about Bill Paxton. I just watched Aliens last week and was thinking about how great he is in any role.— Dan Ryckert (@DanRyckert) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton was hands down one of the greatest guys that I have ever met. I feel lucky to have called him my friend. Bill, I love you. RIP.— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton could play any role, but he was best at being Bill - a great human being with a huge heart. My thoughts are with his family.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) February 26, 2017
This man was a prince. Great actor. Never an unkind word. Sorry for his family & all of us who loved & had the honor to know/work with Bill. https://t.co/wI7GlNsG95— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) February 26, 2017
You were a great friend to me, Bill. AND one of the finest actors to share a set with. Sending so much love to Bill Paxton's family.— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) February 26, 2017
Really bummed to hear about Bill Paxton this morning. Great guy, energy and always smilin'. Strength to the Paxton family. #restinlove— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 26, 2017
I'm devastated about the passing of Bill Paxton. He was always so kind & supportive. Funny & wise. A talented actor whom I will miss. RIP— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) February 26, 2017
So profoundly sorry to hear that #BillPaxton has died. My family & I were such fans; we send our condolences and deepest sympathy to his.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 26, 2017
Rest in peace, Bill Paxton.— Alien: Covenant (@AlienAnthology) February 26, 2017
My first day on Spy Kids 2 was with Bill Paxton. He came to my trailer & said hello and I told him I loved Titanic. Nicest guy in the world.— Emily Osment (@EmilyOsment) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton was a craftsman with the kind of acting range most of us only dream of. I can't believe he's gone. Unacceptable. (3)— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 26, 2017
Broken hearted our dearest Bill Paxton has passed - the 1st leading man I had the honor to write for. His trust and joy inspired me to grow.— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) February 26, 2017
I am so saddened by this loss. https://t.co/uXRLc9UjxY— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 26, 2017
I am stunned & saddened at the passing of Bill Paxton. I just worked with him recently. A warm and beautiful soul and a talented actor. RIP— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) February 26, 2017
He made this movie great--he acted his heart out. What a talented man. My thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/rUcmmYME3h— Helen Hunt (@HelenHunt) February 26, 2017
Rest In Peace my sweet friend. pic.twitter.com/1QC7pzDZPz— Julie Benz (@juliebenz) February 26, 2017
Can't believe he's gone. RIP, Bill Paxton.My heart and prayers go out to his family & loved ones. I'm gonna miss you, buddy! pic.twitter.com/k5bHKRbrap— Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton was simply one of the greatest people ever. To know him was to love him. I loved him. Huge love to Louise, Lydia and James. Xo— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) February 26, 2017
Very shocked and saddened by the passing of #BillPaxton. Interviewed him several times. A class act. One of the best in the business.— Larry King (@kingsthings) February 26, 2017
So tragic the passing of Bill Paxton. Heartbreaking. What a talent, with so many more years of art to share with us. My love to his family— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) February 26, 2017