Noelene Clark
February 27, 2017 AT 10:47 PM EST

The creators of Big Love have shared a powerful remembrance of the hit HBO series’ late star, Bill Paxton.

Paxton, who died on Saturday at age 61 due to complications during surgery, led Big Love for five seasons, playing polygamist Bill Henrickson and earning three Golden Globe nominations for his work.

On Monday, Deadline published an essay from Big Love creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer paying tribute to Paxton.

“For us in particular, Bill Paxton was our hero. Quite literally,” they wrote, in part, going on to chronicle how Paxton was cast in the series as Bill Henrickson, whom they described as an “Everyman,” a husband and father who is “overwhelmed by the escalating demands of modern life,” and “man of faith and integrity.”

“It didn’t take long for us to realize the part had been written for Bill Paxton,” Olsen and Scheffer wrote, adding later, “We cannot think of any actor, any man, who you’d ever want to be captain of your ship over the long and arduous journey of television making than Bill Paxton. He was smart and collaborative and curious. He was a leader, a raconteur, a mentor. He was talented, vulnerable, generous and strong. Overconfident and humble. … As the profound shock of his loss and the ensuing expression of love and grief proves — he was a man it was impossible not to love.”

Read their full essay over at Deadline.

 

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