Hollywood’s public outpouring of love and respect Sunday for actor Bill Paxton was remarkable in its breadth and warmth.
Paxton, who was originally from Texas and had more than 90 acting credits under his belt by the time he was 60, died Saturday at 61 from complications after surgery, according to his family.
“Such a funny, talented, loving human,” said Jamie Lee Curtis, who worked with Paxton when he played a memorably cheesy romantic con man in “True Lies.” Arnold Schwarzenegger chimed in as well.
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
Rob Lowe was “devastated” by the loss of a close friend.
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 memory of Paxton on Oscar Sunday, Lowe suggested watching “One False Move” or “A Simple Plan" to see “this lovely leading man, at his finest.”
“Get Out” director Jordan Peele explained part of the “Titanic,” “Aliens” and “Big Love” actor’s appeal, labeling him “notoriously one of the nicest people in the industry,” and noting on Twitter, “ He also gave us some of the all-time most iconic movie moments.”
Aaron Paul backed up Paxton’s reputation, proclaiming him “Hands down one of the greatest guys I have ever met.” Tom Hanks agreed.
Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man... Hanx.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 26, 2017
“I met w/Bill Paxton about a film he was directing & it was 1 of the most enlightening convos. A man who’s seen it all. So sad #RIPBillPaxton," tweeted “Glee” actor Harry Shum Jr.
“He was one of the good guys...” said Jason Priestley, who wrote that he was “shocked and saddened” to hear about his “Tombstone” castmate’s passing.
Chrissy Metz of “This Is Us” called out the way Paxton spoke: “One of my favorite voices, ever. May your transition be full of love and light, Bill Paxton. Thank you for all you’ve given us.”
Lou Diamond Phillips noted that he’d recently worked with Paxton and called him “a warm and beautiful soul and a talented actor.”
“As skilled with comedy as he was with drama,” said Zach Braff.
My friend Bill Paxton got cast in the Big Picture yesterday.I always enjoyed being in his company.He was a gracious man.Wrapped 2 soon man😢— Peter Henry Fonda (@iamfonda) February 26, 2017
“He gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever received. A great actor,” said Chris Klein, who worked with Paxton on 2007’s “The Good Life. “A mentor. A friend. Forever grateful for my time with you.”
Tweeted Vincent D’Onofrio, “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.”
“Aliens” producer Gail Anne Hurd and “Twister” castmate Cary Elwes praised their former colleague.
Finally, “The Good Wife” and “The Walking Dead” actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Paxton’s “Texas Rising” costar, spoke from the heart.
“To know him was to love him. I loved him,” Morgan said, offering condolences to his friend’s wife and children.
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