Throughout his career, Paxton has been involved in several projects connected to Cameron. Cameron wrote the screenplay for The Terminator and True Lies, two films which Paxton had starred in. And nearly a decade after Cameron directed the actor in Aliens, the two teamed up again for Titanic, which remains to this day the second highest-grossing movie worldwide, only behind Cameron's other film, Avatar, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.
Shortly after hearing the news of his friend's decease, James Cameron wrote about his 36-year-old friendship with Paxton in an email to Vanity Fair.
"I've been reeling from this for the past half hour, trying to wrap my mind and heart around it. Bill leaves such a void. He and I were close friends for 36 years, since we met on the set of a Roger Corman ultra-low budget movie."
"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...The world is a lesser place for his passing, and I will profoundly miss him."
Friends and co-stars of Bill Paxton, including Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charlize Theron, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Rob Lowe, have all expressed their sadness over the death of the actor. Many remember him fondly as a "great friend," a wonderful actor, and just a generous, kind-hearted individual all-around.