Actor Bill Paxton, known for his roles in Twister, Aliens, Titanic, Apollo 13 and other films, has died from complications from surgery. The Texas native was 61.
Per to a statement received by CNN from a representative of his family, "It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery."
Paxton was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. When he was 18-years-old, he moved to Los Angeles California and found work as a set dresser for Roger Corman's films. He made his movie debut in 1975 in Corman's Crazy Mama. He then moved to New York City and studied acting under Stella Adler at New York University. In 1982 he was cast as a Nazi radio operator in Pat Benatar's music video for Shadows in the Night. In 1984 he landed a small role in Terminator and the following year played the bullying older brother in Weird Science. His breakout roles was that of Private Hudson in 1986's Aliens.
According to his Wikipedia page, Paxton was the only actor be confronted by a terminator, alien and predator! Paxton not only appeared in James Cameron's Titanic, he also accompanied the director on a research expedition to the actual Titanic. The subsequent documentary was named, Ghosts of the Abyss and was released in 2003.
Paxton appeared in over 90 films and played Morgan Earp in Tombstone and astronaut Fred Halse in Apollo 13. He also directed short films like Fish Heads and feature films: Frailty and The Greatest Game Ever Played.
Paxton was nominated for three Golden Globes his role in Big Love (2006-2011), and was nominated for an Emmy his role in the History Channel's Hatfields & McCoys. He was recently part of the cast of Training Day, a new CBS television drama.
Paxton leaves behind his wife, Louise Newberry and two children.
Trailer for Training Day
Here's clip from Apollo 13: