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Jeanne Tripplehorn, who played his TV wife (one of three) on the HBO polygamy drama Big Love, called him a “friend for life” in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It is difficult to process the loss of Bill Paxton. I adored that man from Fort Worth, Texas,” she said. “From the moment we met on Big Love, I knew he was a friend for life…but then everyone has felt that after working with him.”
Airing from 2006 to 2011, the series centered on Paxton’s Bill Henrickson, a Mormon and practicing polygamist who must juggle the demands of his three wives (played by Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin). Tripplehorn played Bill’s first (and only legal) wife, Barb. Paxton netted three Golden Globe nominations for his portrayal.
“When you worked with Bill, you left with a little piece of him,” she continued. “He gave his all. [He was] a great actor and director. Such a big soul, big laugh, big smile, big love — a truly good man.”
At the time of his death, which was due to complications from surgery, Paxton had completed a leading role on CBS’ Training Day reboot. Paxton also completed a role as Emma Watson’s father in the upcoming drama The Circle. During his more than 40-year career, Paxton racked up nearly 100 acting credits.
“I can’t believe he won’t be out there on a set somewhere anymore. He loved being an actor and I loved acting with him,” Tripplehorn added, paying respect to his wife and two children. “I will miss our long talks about our crazy business, his passion for art and the deep love for his family. My heart goes out to Louise, James and Lydia.”
Tripplehorn is the latest from the acclaimed series to pay her respects to Paxton. Sevigny remembered the actor as “a true original” in a tweet posted Sunday with a photo of a young Paxton. Rest in power my dear friend, a fearless actor, director, artist. They don’t make ’em like they used to.”
Big Love creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer also paid homage to the actor on Twitter, calling him the “beloved captain of our Big Love ship,” adding, “profound gratitude to the cosmos for sharing him with us.”
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