Actor and director Bill Paxton passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017. According to the family representative who broke the news to the press, it was due to complications of surgery, though what the surgery was for is still unknown.
Paxton began his career in the mid-80s, working small parts on films like Terminator and Aliens before making it big with films like Twister and Apollo 13. He is also know for his long TV career, including HBO’s Big Love, and his Emmy-nominated work in History Channel’s Hatfields and McCoys. Paxton was set to star in CBS’s recently premiered police drama, Training Day, but how this will affect the production, no one from the network has said yet.
As a critic, it’s almost hard to place why Paxton had such screen presence and charisma. A down-to-Earth, quiet man who always seems to be able to dominate a situation with just a change in stance or tone. He only even won one Golden Globe in his expansive career, which seems like such a shame, given all he worked for and all the work he had left to do.
Many of his colleagues have expressed their sadness on social media, including several on Twitter:
Very sad today to hear the passing of Bill Paxton. My heart goes out to his family & his many friends. Rest In Peace my friend. God bless pic.twitter.com/3lOJ5G3v8p
— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) February 26, 2017
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
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
I have no words. Bill Paxton didn't just play my mentor on the show, he became one in real life. The world is a sadder place without him pic.twitter.com/46e4hMj8nR
— Brett Dalton (@IMBrettDalton) February 26, 2017
— Edward James Olmos (@edwardjolmos) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton was open, kind and talented. He had an engaging and engrossing charisma. So very sad that he is gone.
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) February 26, 2017
Perhaps in the most touching tribute of all, several hundred storm chasers have placed themselves into a huge BP formation with their GPS systems to honor him:
— Aaron Brackett (@Aaron_Brackett) February 26, 2017
He is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Louise Newbury, and his two children, James and Lydia.