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Tributes as Aliens star and 'true gentleman' Bill Paxton dies at 61

Bill Paxton with his wife Louise
Bill Paxton with his wife Louise

Hollywood actor Bill Paxton - known for films including Twister, True Lies and Aliens - has died at the age of 61 after complications from surgery.

"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away," a family representative said in a statement.

"A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades.

"Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."

Memorable

The Texas native appeared in dozens of movies throughout his career, from a brief appearance as a blue-haired punk opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator to memorable roles in True Lies, Titanic and Apollo 13.

Science fiction fans have noted that he was the only actor to be killed by a Predator, a Terminator and an Alien.

But despite starring in several big-budget movies, Paxton was also known as a character actor, playing everyday people in films such as One False Move, A Simple Plan and Nightcrawler.

Actor Peter Mayhew, who plays Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, was among the first to pay his respects.

"He was a kind man and a true gentlemen. His light will be missed in this world," he said.

Actor Rob Lowe added: "Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton.

"Renaissance man, raconteur and uniquely American national treasure. His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing.

"In his memory, on this Oscar Sunday, watch One False Move or A Simple Plan to see this lovely leading man at his finest."

Actor Josh Gad said the loss was "beyond crushing".

"Once again, an icon, far too young, gone far too soon. Goodbye Private Hudson," he tweeted, referring to Paxton's character in Aliens.

Star Trek's William Shatner said: "Condolences to the family of Bill Paxton."

Jamie Lee Curtis, who co-starred with Paxton in True Lies in 1994, was among those to express their sadness.

"Nooooo. Bill Paxton is gone. Such a funny, talented, loving human," she said.

Support

The actress also sent her love and support to the actor's family.

Full Metal Jacket star Vincent D'Onofrio said: "Bill Paxton is one of my favourite actors. I was able to tell him so when we met years ago."

Film maker Ron Howard, who directed Paxton in space adventure Apollo 13, said: "Crushing. His passion contributed so much to Apollo 13 and all his work.

"We'll miss the hell out of you, Bill."

His is Apollo 13 co-star Tom Hanks said the actor was "simply, a wonderful man".

Actress Charlize Theron tweeted: "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."

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