Bill Paxton Remembered: Training Day, Big Love, S.H.I.E.L.D. Stars Pay Tribute

Bill Paxton, who died on Saturday at the age of 61, is being remembered by friends and former co-stars.

The Emmy-nominated actor, who was currently starring in CBS’ adaptation of Training Day, died due to complications from an unspecified surgery. Justin Cornwell and Julie Benz, who respectively play his partner and girlfriend on the freshman drama, took to social media to express their grief over the loss of a “sweet friend.”

Justin Cornwell, Training Day:

Julie Benz, Training Day:

Antoine Fuqua, executive producer of Training Day:

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.

Chloë Sevigny, Big Love:

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.

Jeanne Tripplehorn, Big Love:

It is difficult to process the loss of Bill Paxton. 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. A great actor and director. Such a big soul, big laugh, big smile, big love. A truly good man. I can’t believe he won’t be out there on a set somewhere anymore. He loved being an actor and I loved acting with him. I will miss our long talks about our crazy business, his passion for art and the deep love for his family. My heart goes out to Louise, James and Lydia.

Maurissa Tancharoen, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-showrunner:

Ming-Na, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

Brett Dalton, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

Clark Gregg, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

BJ Britt, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

Elizabeth Henstridge, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

Chad Michael Murray, Texas Rising:

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Texas Rising:

Paxton is also being remembered by his former big-screen co-stars:

Tom Hanks, Apollo 13

Kevin Bacon, Apollo 13:

Arnold Schwarzenegger, True Lies:

Jamie Lee Curtis, True Lies:

Eliza Dushku, True Lies:

Helen Hunt, Twister:

Carry Elwes, Twister:

Charlize Theron, Mighty Joe Young:

CBS and HBO have both released statements in the wake of Paxton’s passing, referring to the actor as an “extraordinary talent” who “who lit up every room with infectious charm, energy and warmth.”

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11 Comments
  1. Kevin Tran says:

    Watching the first season of Agents of SHIELD where Bill Paxton’s character John Garrett became the bad guy as did Brett Dalton’s Grant Ward.

    • Hirsty says:

      A great time on AOS when the show was linked to TWS. A shame it’s not done now. Bill Paxton was briiliant as John Garrett. Remember his scene just before the takeover by Hydra when Don’t Fear the Reaper was being played.

  2. Pat says:

    I was shocked to hear of his passing, this morning. I was just getting into watching him on Training Day and he will be sadly missed, by this fan. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and “May He Rest In Peace”.

  3. Jenny says:

    Very shocking and sad. He just did a great interview on Marc Maron’s podcast. It includes a thoughtful first hand account of seeing JFK speak in Texas the morning before his death. Highly recommend if you want to know more about him.

  4. Katie says:

    I hate this. I really loved him in “Twister” and liked him in “Titanic.” When the mini-series “Hatfields and McCoys” first aired, I watched some of it and he was so good. He always came across as a warm, loving and all-around decent man. My sympathies and prayers go out to his wife and two children. RIP Bill Paxton. You will be sorely missed.

  5. Wordsmith says:

    I wonder if somebody is scrambling right now to get him into the Oscars’ In Memoriam segment.

  6. Mary says:

    OMG! Can’t believe this. My deepest sympathies go to his family. I never missed his movies and TV series..

  7. Robin says:

    I’m in shock. I thought this was some sick hoax and sadly it’s not. RIP

  8. I ‘m no an actor just a fan !so deeply sadden to learn another good actor is gone the man up stares muse of had a part for him to play up there, just started watching training day last night couldn’the believe it. Rest in peace Mr.Paxton you will be miss.

  9. MMD says:

    A day later and I’m still stunned.

  10. Hirsty says:

    This just shows how many things he was in over the years and very successful movies at that. Great actor.