Bill Paxton Dead at 61
Popular character actor Bill Paxton has died, aged 61. A representative for the family announced that he passed due to complications following heart surgery.
Tributes poured in on social media on Sunday from fans and fellow actors. Many praised him as a rare, genuinely nice person and collaborator in Hollywood.
Naming Paxton’s most famous role really depends on whom you ask. His biggest films were Titanic, where he played Brock Lovett, the insensitive searcher for the Heart of the Sea gem; Twister, where he starred opposite Helen Hunt as a storm chaser; and Apollo 13, as one of the troubled mission’s astronauts. But Paxton also stole scenes in smaller roles, often in science fiction films like The Terminator, Weird Science, Predator 2, Aliens, and more recently, Edge of Tomorrow. Indie fans loved his performances in films like One False Move, A Simple Plan, and Frailty (which he also directed).
Some of Paxton’s biggest acclaim came on the small screen. He won an Emmy for his performance in the History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, and starred in HBO’s popular series Big Love.
At the time of his death, Paxton was filming the first season of the CBS series Training Day, adapted from the film starring Denzel Washington. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, and two children.