Actor Bill Paxton Dies From Surgical Complications


(CelebrityAccess) — Bill Paxton, an affable, everyman actor who made a name for himself co-starring in films such as "Aliens," "Twister" and "Apollo 13" as well as the long-running and critically acclaimed HBO series "Big Love," has died. He was 61.

According to the New York Times, Paxton's death was confirmed on Sunday by a family rep, though they did not offer details on his passing. Rolling Stone reported that Paxton died Saturday from complications of surgery.

A native of Texas, Paxton's career included small, but notable roles such as the the sadistic brother in the cult comedy film "Weird Science" (1985) , and as the outspoken space marine in James Cameron's "Aliens" (1986) before he went on to a major role in Cameron's blockbuster "Titanic" (1997).

Paxton also was nominated for three Golden Globe for his portrayal of Bill Henrickson, the beleaguered patriarch of a fundamentalist polygamist family on the HBO series "Big Love."

More recently, Hendricks played Randolph McCoy in the three-part mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys” on the History Channel in 2012, earning him an Emmy nod and was due to begin a new police drama "Training Day" on CBS this year.

Mr. Paxton’s survivors include his wife of more than 30 years, Louise Newbury; and two children, James and Lydia. – Staff Writers