Hollywood Reacts to Bill Paxton’s Death: ‘Wonderful Man’ With a ‘Huge Heart’

Fellow actors, filmmakers and fans mourn the passing of the beloved film star

As Hollywood prepares to honor the best in film at the Academy Awards, they were met this morning with sad news: Bill Paxton, who starred in Oscar-winning films like “Aliens,” “Apollo 13,” and “Titanic,” passed away at age 61.

Fans and fellow actors alike took to social media to express their condolences to Paxton’s family and to reminisce on their memories of him. “The Walking Dead” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who co-starred with Paxton on the History Channel mini-series “Texas Rising,” spoke fondly of him. Other celebrities who honored Paxton included Aaron Paul and Helen Hunt, who starred opposite Paxton in “Twister.”

Movie buffs recalled Paxton’s appearances in sci-fi movies like “Terminator,” “Aliens,” and “Predator 2,” all of which featured Paxton’s characters meeting a gruesome end.

Others honored Paxton by saluting his performance in the comedy “Weird Science.” In John Hughes’ film, he played Chet, the bullying older brother of one of the two nerdy protagonists who bring the virtual girl of their dreams to life.