The American actor and director has died at the age of 61 after complications from surgery arose. Bill Paxton left wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury, their daughter, Lydia Paxton, and son, James Paxton.
On Sunday, a representative of his family confirmed the sad news in a statement. The rep 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,” the heartbreaking account continued.
“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,” concluded the statement.
Before fame, the affable artist began in Hollywood in the art department of low-budget commercial films. He ensued to have an acclaimed career covering four decades as a prolific and much-loved actor and director.
Paxton started in Hollywood with parts in Weird Science and The Terminator. He then gained greater commendation with performances in several hit movies.
Paxton starred in a string of blockbuster hits like Aliens, Apollo 13, Twister and Titanic. He also performed in HBO’s Big Love for five seasons, the History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys and in most recent times, CBS’ Training Day.
During his extensive career, Paxton earned four Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy Award nomination. He won in the 1996 SAG Awards together with the rest of his Apollo 13 co-stars for their exceptional deed.
In October, Paxton’s son lovingly spoke of joining his father at work. James starred as a guest on the 2017 TV adaptation of Training Day.
“I jumped at the possibility, because I’ve always wanted to work with him, and we don’t get to work together and share scenes,” James said. “I did a scene with him yesterday, and it was one of the proudest moments I’ve had.”
Undeniably, the Texan actor left a mark on Hollywood. Numerous celebrities have paid tribute to the late star including many of his former co-stars.