Bill Paxton, best known for his roles in films such as Aliens, The Terminator, Twister, and Big Love, has died at the age of 61 due to complications from surgery, according to his family.
Born in 1955, Paxton began his acting career with an uncredited role in 1975’s Crazy Mama, and later appeared in three iconic science fiction franchises: The Terminator, Aliens, and Predator 2, earning the dubious distinction of being one of only two people (the other being Lance Henriksen) to be killed by a Terminator, a Xenomorph, and a Predator.
Paxton later appeared in three additional James Cameron projects: Titanic and True Lies, as well as the Titanic documentary, Ghosts of the Abyss. In the mid-1990s, landed major roles in Apollo 13 and Twister. More recently, he was acclaimed for his work on television, taking home three Golden Globe Awards for his work on HBO’s Big Love, and earned an Emmy nomination for his work on Hatfields & McCoys. He is slated to appear in this year’s Silicon Valley thriller The Circle, and is currently appearing as Detective Frank Roarke in CBS’s Training Day.
In a statement from his family, Paxton was remembered as a loving husband and as a prolific actor and director. “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”