Film and TV star Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. A family representative put out 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, a Texas native, famous for roles in such movies as Aliens, Weird Science and True Lies. However, it is roles in movies like Tombstone, Twister and Apollo 13 that shot him into stardom. Since in the 1970’s, Paxton built quite a resume in film and TV. From sleazy car salesman to storm chaser, Paxton could fit into any role given to him. This versatility led to his Emmy award nominated role in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys. His other TV credits include Big Love, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and more recently Training Day, in which his son was set to guest star alongside him. However, fame never got to his head as he remained humble after years in the industry.
Paxton leaves behind a wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury and his two children James and Lydia Paxton.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Bill Paxton. He will definitely be missed.