Celebrities Honor Ray Bradbury After His Death at 91

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"Farenheit 451" author Ray Bradbury turned his childhood love of science fiction into a writing career that spanned decades. Sadly, future generations of scifi lovers will only get to read his past work - the prolific author passed away on Mon. June 4 at 91.

"It was one frenzy after one elation after one enthusiasm after one hysteria after another," he recently wrote in The New Yorker of his childhood love of the unknown. "I was always yelling and running somewhere, because I was afraid life was going to be over that very afternoon."

His works are often exposed to students at a young age as examples of exceptional writing, but even Bradbury couldn't believe his writing talent.

"I sometimes get up at night when I can't sleep and walk down into my library and open one of my books and read a paragraph and say: 'My God, did I write that? Did I write that?' Because it's still a surprise," he said in 2000.

Well, we believe it - and we'll miss him. We're not the only ones, either.

Steven Spielberg

Director Steven Spielberg is gutted at Bradbury's death, saying in a statement that he used the author as an inspiration for his own films, like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

"He was my muse for the better part of my sci-fi career. He lives on through his legion of fans. In the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination he is immortal," Spielberg wrote in a statement.

Evan Rachel Wood

"True Blood" actress Evan Rachel Wood has always liked things a little out of the ordinary, so it's not surprise she loved Bradbury's work.

Really bummed about Ray Bradbury. I have always kept a copy of#theoctobercountry around since i was a kid. One of my favorites. RIP," she tweeted.

Joe Mantegna

Veteran actor Joe Mantegna tweeted his sadness over losing a friend.

I'm saddened today at the loss of my dear friend and childhood idol Ray Bradbury. He was an amazing man and will be missed," the "Criminal Minds" star tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.

Rainn Wilson

"The Office" star Rainn Wilson also thanked Bradbury for inspiring him as a child.

"RIP Ray Bradbury You made Mars, time travel & Illustrated Men more real than reality for a 14-year-old me," he tweeted.

Rob Thomas

Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas weighed in on Twitter, too.

"R.I.P. Ray Bradbury. they can try to ban your books, but it's too late. the seed is already planted," he wrote, referring to the organized efforts to ban Bradbury's books in his early career.

Nina Garcia

"Project Runway" judge Nina Garcia remembered the author with a quote.

"'Libraries raised me. ... I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.' Ray Bradbury," she tweeted on Wednesday.

Matthew Gray Gubler

Eccentric "Criminal Minds" actor posted a photo with Bradbury.

"We lost a great storyteller/halloween lover/ice-cream aficionado today but luckily not his work. RIP Ray Bradbury," he tweeted.

Alyssa Milano

Actress - and new mom - Alyssa Milano planned to honor the author in her own way.

"I'm going to introduce my son to the public library today in honor of Ray Bradbury #RIP," she tweeted.

Which Ray Bradbury books are your favorites?

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