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Star of Big Love and Movie Blockbuster, Bill Paxton Dies at 61

2017-02-27

Bill PaxtonPopularly known for his role in the sci-fi classic Aliens, actor Bill Paxton passed away at the age of 61.

Reports suggest that Paxton was reportedly caught up in severe complications post a surgery.

Some of the biggest hits of this Texan actor’s included Apollo 13, The Terminator, Titanic, True Lies, and 1996’s Twister, where he was casted opposite Helen Hunt.

Bill Paxton is survived by his wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury, and their two children.

Earlier, Paxton has won an Emmy for his terrific performance in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys, besides Kevin Costner.

Furthermore, he also received three Best Actor Golden Globe nominations for his excelling role in the HBO drama Big Love, where he portrayed a suburban polygamist who juggled three wives and families.

While he died, he was currently working on a crime thriller TV series, Training Day, for the United States network, CBS.

He played a morally dubious LAPD officer, Detective Frank Rourke.

Hisdear and fellow Hollywood stars were quick to pay tribute to Paxton as soon as the news of his demise spread. One among them was West Wing actor Rob Lowe.

His tweet said, "Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. Renaissance man, raconteur and uniquely American national treasure. His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing. My love to Bunny, James and Lydia.

"In his memory, on this Oscar Sunday, watch One False Move or A Simple Plan to see this lovely leading man, at his finest."

His co-star in Twister, Cary Elwes shared a picture of them together and praised his immense talent, "talent, enthusiasm and energy".

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was with him in movies such as True Lies and Terminator said, "Bill Paxton could play any role, but he was best at being Bill - a great human being with a huge heart. My thoughts are with his family."

Tom Hanks, who will be seen with Paxton in the upcoming movie The Circle said, "Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man."

Co-actor starring in 1994’s True Lies, Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted, "Nooooo. Bill Paxton is gone. Such a funny, talented, loving human."

Patricia Arquette mentioned that, "Bill Paxton such a wonderful actor. He always brought so much complexity and humour to his characters. RIP"

One of the members of his family on Sunday addressed to the media in a statement which said, "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."

Besides acting, Bill had also expressed his talent behind the camera. In 2001, he did his first directorial debut with the release of the psychological thriller “Frailty,” which he starred alongside Matthew McConaughey. The movie explored the relationship and religious fanaticism between a father and son.

Amongst all the condolences and tribute that poured in for Paxton, Peter Fonda said, "for the loss of a wonderful, warm, father and husband" and said: "It was always a pleasure to be in his company."

Also producer Jerry Bruckheimer said - "I am devastated at the passing of my friend Bill Paxton. He was a tremendously talented actor and a wonderful man." He further went ahead and said, "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."