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Hollywood Reacts to Bill Paxton’s Death: ‘Heaven Just Got a Lot More Fun’

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News of actor Bill Paxton’s surprising death after heart surgery swept the entertainment industry on Oscar morning. The actor, who was 61, appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, including “Big Love,” “Aliens,” “Titanic” and “Twister.”

Gale Anne Hurd, who worked with him on films including “Aliens” and “The Terminator,” said “Heaven just got a lot more fun with you in residence.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger said “he was best at being Bill.”

Schwarzenegger later released a video reminiscing about working with Paxton, one his best friends, on “The Terminator” and “True Lies.”

“Everyone loved Bill,” Dana Delany wrote.

Tom Hanks called him “a wonderful man.”

Jeffrey Dean Morgan said “to know him is to love him.”

Jamie Lee Curtis, who appeared with him in “True Lies,” wrote “Such a funny, talented, loving human.”

Aaron Paul called him “one of the greatest guys that I have ever met.”

Composer Bear McCreary said he was honored to have written him a theme for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

In a statement, Chloe Sevigny, who starred with Paxton on “Big Love,” said, “Bill Paxton was a big-hearted, thoughtful and honorable person. He always had a smile on his face and could entertain any room with his wonderful stories of his many amazing years in Hollywood. Bill was extremely supportive of other actors, and the filmmaking process – a delight to work with. It was a wonderful time to be on set with him for five years. My heart breaks for his family.”

Antoine Fuqua, who worked with Paxton on CBS’ “Training Day,” said in a statement, “Bill was someone whose goodness and compassion was evident from the moment you met him. He was an immense talent and the type of guy you wanted to spend as much time with both in front of, and behind, the camera. My heartfelt condolences to his family.”

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