Sad news broke Sunday morning that actor Bill Paxton has died at age 61 due to complications during surgery, People reports. The actor, who is known for his many roles in films like Titanic, Twister, and Apollo 13, has a long and respected career that goes back decades and includes acting, directing, and producing credits. And, as celebrity reactions to Paxton's death prove, his legacy in Hollywood will not soon be forgotten — both his iconic film roles and his lesser known performances have had a major impact that will continue to inspire many.
"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," a family representative said in a statement, according to People. "Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father."
On Sunday, celebrities took to Twitter to express their grief over losing a friend and peer, and to pay tribute to Paxton's tremendous talent.
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
In his memory, on this Oscar Sunday, watch "One False Move" or "A Simple Plan" to see this lovely leading man, at his finest.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017
Some simply offered their condolences to his family.
Condolences to the family of Bill Paxton. I just heard the news. 😢— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 26, 2017
Others remembered Paxton for some of his lesser known roles.
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
It's clear that his absence on the big screen will be felt by many.
I am so saddened by this loss. https://t.co/uXRLc9UjxY— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 26, 2017
Many commented that Paxton was a talent gone too soon.
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
No, Bill Paxton, no no no!!!! Ugh... R.I.P.— Glenn Howerton (@GlennHowerton) February 26, 2017
But Paxton was also revered for his incredible character off-screen as well.
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
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
He is remembered as someone "with a huge heart."
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
And while Paxton's roles are memorable, Paxton the person is who will be truly missed.
RIP Bill Paxton. He was a kind man and a true gentlemen. His light will be missed in this world. pic.twitter.com/V6RePyhtI9— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man... Hanx.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 26, 2017
It's clear that Paxton has touched the lives of countless fans throughout his career, both on screen and off. And as these tributes from celebrities show, Hollywood isn't going to be quite the same without him.