Actor Bill Paxton, whose career included films like The Terminator, Aliens and Titanic, has died. A representative for his family said in a statement,
“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.
Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.“
The Texas native won an Emmy for his role in the mini-series Hatfields and McCoys. Paxton’s fame rose in the 90s due to good parts such as Morgan Earp in Tombstone, Fred Haise in Apollo 13 and the lead role in the ’96 hit Twister.
Paxton’s final big-screen role will be in the thriller The Circle, which is currently in post-production, starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.
The actor is survived by his two children, James and Lydia Paxton, and his wife Louise Newbury.
Paxton’s son was recently tapped to join the actor in his new CBS drama, Training Day. Paxton told People earlier this month.
“I was thrilled to have my son [James, 22,] guest-star on the eighth episode of Training Day,” “He plays the son in a father-son robbery team, and my character, whose dad was also a criminal, tells him, ‘We’re both our father’s sons, but that doesn’t have to define us.’ It was surreal saying that to him.”
Bill Paxton was 61.