Bill Paxton Has Passed Away At 61

Actor Bill Paxton has died due to surgical complications, PEOPLE Magazine confirms.

This statement was released:

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a family representative said in a statement. “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.”

Paxton  a Texas native, that was nominated for an Emmy for his work in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys. He was also nominated twice more for his work in Big Love.  He began acting in the 1970s, but his earliest acting credits in the 1980s  with minor roles in Weird Science (1985), Near Dark (1987) and blockbusters such as Terminator (1984) and Aliens (1986) is what holds dear to me.

Paxton’s fame continued to rise in the 1990s thanks in part to roles such as Morgan Earp in Tombstone (1993), Fred Haise in Apollo 13 (1995), as a storm chaser in the 1996 hit Twister and then as treasure hunter Brock Lovett in Titanic (1997).

He has worked with some of the best directors; James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow, John Hughes, Ron Howard and the list goes on. He even went on to direct a few films himself. He directed and star alongside Matthew McConaughey in Frailty (2001) and directed a young Shia LaBeouf in The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005).

Its a list of credits that goes on like a greatest hits for every decade.

The beloved actor is survived by his two children, James and Lydia Paxton, and his wife of 30 years Louise Newbury.

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