The Texas native collaborated often with James Cameron, played a polygamist on HBO's 'Big Love' and starred in the new CBS reboot of 'Training Day.'
Bill Paxton, the everyman actor known for his work in such movies as Aliens, Titanic andTwister and on television shows like Big Love and CBS' new Training Day, has died, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 61.
"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," his family said in a statement on Sunday, the day of the 89th Academy Awards. "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. Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."
The native Texan also appeared in films including The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985),Predator 2 (1990), Tombstone (1993), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Mighty Joe Young (1998),A Simple Plan (1998), U-571 (2000) and Edge of Tomorrow (2014).
He worked often with James Cameron, who in the 1970s gave Paxton one of his first jobs job in Hollywood — as a member of his night crew when Cameron, long before he was an Oscar-winning director, was a production designer.
"We're just good friends, and he's been incredibly loyal to me," Paxton said in a 1998 interview. "I guess I always fantasized about hooking up with a director and doing a series of films with him. You think of the great actor/director teams, like Scorsese and De Niro."
They collaborated on movies including Aliens, Terminator, True Lies, Titanic and Ghosts of the Abyss (2003).
Cameron called Paxton "a great human" in a statement to Vanity Fair.
"He took good care of his relationships with people, always caring and present for others," the filmmaker said. "He was a good man, a great actor and a creative dynamo. I hope that amid the gaudy din of Oscar night, people will take a moment to remember this wonderful man, not just for all the hours of joy he brought to us with his vivid screen presence, but for the great human that he was. The world is a lesser place for his passing, and I will profoundly miss him."
Paxton played the polygamist Bill Henrickson with three wives — Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin — on HBO's Big Love from 2006-11, receiving three Golden Globes nominations in the process.Read More...
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