(CNN) -- The entertainment industry and celebrities expressed their condolences Wednesday after the passing of Apple mogul Steve Jobs at the age of 56.
Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios:
"Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar's DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time."
Twitter and Facebook messages:
will.i.am (iamwill): "we lost a great innovator... steve jobs designed a whole new world...he will be missed ..."
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Steve lived the California Dream every day of his life and he changed the world and inspired all of us."
Maria Shriver: "My heart weeps for all who worked with Steve and who loved him, especially my friend Laurene and their children."
Actress Jane Lynch: "We will miss you, Steve Jobs. Sent lovingly from my iPhone."
Actor-producer Albert Brooks: "Had the pleasure of working for him and knowing him. He was our Edison. R.I.P. Steve Jobs."
Actress Martha Plimpton: "Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs. Kinda can't believe he's gone. Carrying a little part of him in my pocket every day."
Actor Neil Patrick Harris: "Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. Your genius will live on for generations to come..."
TV news personality Katie Couric: "Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. You've changed forever the world you leave behind."
Actor Wilmer Valderrama: "Rare in a lifetime... To witness a single man revolutionize technology and the way we carry on with life as we know it... RIP Steve Jobs."
Singer Josh Groban: "Such a sad day, I can trace my apple memories to the IIC when i was a kid. RIP."
Director Spike Lee: "I only met Steve Jobs once, briefly at The Apple Store on 5th Avenue in NY. People VISIONARIES are always called CRAZY in the beginning... A VISIONARY sees things that everybody else says is IMPOSSIBLE, sees a World that People can't invision-MAC,IPOD,IPAD,IPHONE,ITUNES...And PIXAR. I have nothing but Love for Mr. Jobs and Apple,they have always given me and my Films L-O-V-E. Peace and Blessings to his Family.
NBA basketball star LeBron James: "R.I.P Steve Jobs. Someone who definitely left his mark on this world! Innovations that will live and last forever!!"
Mark Zuckerberg via Facebook: "Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you."
Actress Emmy Rossum: "Rest In Peace, Steve Jobs. A true genius and kind man. I was lucky to meet him and his family when I was a young child. He will be missed."
Model and actress Tyra Banks: "As I type on my iPhone, tears spring2 my eyes4an amazingMan I never met. His genius has touched us all. Steve Jobs, you will b/with us 4ever."
Actor Hill Harper: "Do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do!...Don't settle."
Radio personality Howard Stern: "Steve Jobs was a true original. So Sad. A tremendous loss."
Actor Alec Baldwin: "Sad about Steve Jobs. On par with Henry Ford, Carnegie and Edison."