On a day where most of Hollywood is trying to squeeze itself into too small dresses and tuxedos, everyone has paused to reflect on the loss of Bill Paxton. While he never won an Oscar, is beloved by all who knew him and had a career of playing characters that were relatable, quotable, and generally – likable. Whenever meeting fans, he was always known as warm and friendly. He still holds the distinction to be the only actor to have been killed by the big three of sci-fi monsters: a terminator, an alien, and a predator; plus he, along with Helen Hunt, are the only actors to have gone toe to toe with an F5 tornado and walked away.
As everyone absorbed the news, Hollywood took to their Twitter accounts to express their shock and sadness in losing Bill to complications arising from Surgery earlier today. Friends, castmates, and the Hollywood community:
Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man… Hanx.
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 26, 2017
What a lovely, warm and kind human. So sad to hear of Bill Paxton's passing.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) 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
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
Rest In Peace my sweet friend. pic.twitter.com/1QC7pzDZPz
— Julie Benz (@juliebenz) 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
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) 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
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'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
Bill Paxton gone?!? I loved that guy. Not that many truly friendly, open faces in Hollywood. What a horrible loss. Poor family. So sorry.
— Lucy Lawless (@RealLucyLawless) February 26, 2017
Some of my favorite memories are of floating around in a tiny vessel with big hearted,hilarious,brilliant Bill Paxton. Sad day.
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton was one of the nicest, most approachable people I've ever had the pleasure to meet. My heart & thoughts are with his loved ones.
— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) February 26, 2017
— Clark Gregg SonⓕCoul (@CGSonofCoul) February 26, 2017
Today's Twitter appreciation of Bill Paxton is a reminder an actor doesn't have to win an Oscar to be beloved, and a part of people's lives.
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) February 26, 2017
— Alexander Alvarez (@Alexcomics77) 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
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
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
Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett shared a great photo of Bill taken at JFK’s Hotel.
So sad to hear of Bill Paxton.
Here he is—the kid lifted up—at JFK's hotel the morning of 11.22.63 pic.twitter.com/UqTGStLmo6
— Judge Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) February 26, 2017
Also, here’s a gallery of just some of Bill’s most memorable roles.