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.
Some simply offered their condolences to his family.
Others remembered Paxton for some of his lesser known roles.
It's clear that his absence on the big screen will be felt by many.
Many commented that Paxton was a talent gone too soon.
But Paxton was also revered for his incredible character off-screen as well.
He is remembered as someone "with a huge heart."
And while Paxton's roles are memorable, Paxton the person is who will be truly missed.
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.