Bill Paxton Dies At Age 61

Fan-favorite character actor Bill Paxton, best known for his collaborations with James Cameron, has passed away at the age of 61.

Bill Paxton in Aliens

Actor Bill Paxton, best known for roles in James Cameron blockbusters such as Aliens, True Lies, and Titanic, has passed away at the age of 61. Paxton died on Saturday, February 25 following complications from surgery.

Per Variety, a spokesperson for Paxton's family issued the following 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.”

Paxton was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas to Mary Lou and John Lane Paxton. At age 18, he moved to Los Angeles and pursued a career in the film industry. One of Paxton's earliest jobs was a set dresser for famed B-movie producer Roger Corman. Some time later, Paxton moved cross-country to New York and studied acting at New York University. He continuously picked up roles in small movies and television programs. In 1984, he appeared in James Cameron's The Terminator as a street punk, launching a lengthy and fruitful partnership with the director. The pair also collaborated on AliensTrue Lies, and Titanic. In Aliens, Paxton stole scenes as Private Hudson, becoming famous for his humorous "Game over, man!" ad-lib.

Tom Hanks Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon in Apollo 13
Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, and Tom Hanks in Apollo 13

Outside of his work with Cameron, Paxton had main roles in several other high-profile projects, including Best Picture nominee Apollo 13, blockbuster Twister, and Sam Raimi's dark drama A Simple Plan. More recently, Paxton appeared in films like Nightcrawler and Edge of Tomorrow, demonstrating his ability as one of the best character actors. In addition to movies, Paxton was quite prolific on television, earning an Emmy nomination for Hatfields and McCoys, and starring as one of the leads on CBS' police drama Training Day - based on the 2001 Denzel Washington film of the same name. His roles in TV series Big Love and A Bright Shining Lie saw him score four Golden Globe nominations in his career.

At the time of his death, Paxton has one feature film, The Circle, in post-production. He will play father to Emma Watson's Mae in the sci-fi thriller. Training Day had not yet been renewed for a second season.

R.I.P. Bill Paxton - May 17, 1955 - February 25, 2017

Source: Variety

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