Sigourney Weaver, who co-starred with Bill Paxton in James Cameron's 1986 sci-fi/horror classic Aliens, issued a statement about the late actor, who died Saturday at age 61 from heart surgery complications. "Bill brought such authenticity to everything he did – in life and in his work," she wrote in a statement. "He was the quintessential Texan – incredibly charming, warm, generous, always with a twinkle in his eye. He loved his family, his friends, his work and gave them his all. I can't believe he's gone."
Jeanne Tripplehorn, who played one of Paxton's three wives on the HBO polygamy drama Big Love, called the actor a "friend for life" in her own statement. "It is difficult to process the loss of Bill Paxton," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "I adored that man from Fort Worth, Texas. From the moment we met on Big Love, I knew he was a friend for life … but then everyone has felt that after working with him ... When you worked with Bill, you left with a little piece of him. He gave his all. [He was] a great actor and director. Such a big soul, big laugh, big smile, big love — a truly good man."
Following his death, many of Paxton's former co-stars and collaborators reflected on his charming demeanor and versatile, underrated acting talents. Cameron, who cast the actor in numerous roles – including Aliens, Titanic and The Terminator – paid tribute to their 36-year friendship, defined by "making films together, helping develop each others' projects, going on scuba diving trips together, watching each others' kids growing up, even diving the Titanic wreck together in Russian subs."
"It was a friendship of laughter, adventure, love of cinema and mutual respect," the director continued. "Bill wrote beautiful heartfelt and thoughtful letters, an anachronism in this age of digital shorthand. He took good care of his relationships with people, always caring and present for others. He was a good man, a great actor, and a creative dynamo."