Bill Paxton, an Emmy-nominated actor whose four-decade career included roles in films Aliens, Twister and Titanic as well as TV shows Big Love and Hatsfields & McCoys has died due to complications from surgery. He was 61.
Paxton’s family released a statement saying, “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.”
Paxton was nominated for an Emmy for his role on the miniseries Hatsfields & McCoys. He played a polygamist on HBO’s Big Love, earning him three Golden Globe nominations.
“We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Paxton,” HBO said in a statement. Big Love was a seminal series for HBO for many years due to Bill’s extraordinary talent and grace. Off screen, he was as warm, smart and fun as one could be. A true friend to so many at HBO. He will be greatly missed.”
Paxton also starred in CBS’ Training Day series from Antoine Fuqua, which premiered this month. He had already completed work on The Circle, the adaptation of Dave Egers’ book that is directed by James Ponsoldt. He played the father of Emma Watson’s character. The film is slated for release via STX on April 28.
William Shatner, Dean Cain, Jordan Peele, Rob Lowe and Tony Goldwyn expressed their sympathies for the actor’s passing on social media.
Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. Renaissance man, raconteur and
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017
RIP Bill Paxton. So very good every time. In addition to his iconic roles, he was amazing in Near Dark, A Simple Plan & Edge of Tomorrow.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) February 26, 2017
RIP Bill…You'll never be forgotten https://t.co/jaqwkIn4Mp
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) February 26, 2017
RIP to one of my favorites since "Weird Science," the great Bill Paxton.
From humor to action to romance, he was electric & captivating
— Adam Richman (@AdamRichman) February 26, 2017
Absolutely heartbroken bill Paxton was a true legend one of the realist guys i had the pleasure and honor of being able to call a friend
— Franz Drameh (@OfficialfranzD) February 26, 2017
— Brad Everett Young (@BradEYoung) February 26, 2017
RIP Bill Paxton. We lost you WAY too soon. https://t.co/HOcxm8yewD
— Tony Goldwyn (@tonygoldwyn) February 26, 2017
So sad Bill Paxton passed away. A memorable talent and an all around kind man. We played air guitar at a concert once😔#twisterfanforever
— Keegan Allen (@KeeganAllen) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton is 1of my favorite actors.I was able 2tell him so when we met yrs ago.Paxton was wonderful in everything he did. He inspired us. pic.twitter.com/hAXR9unvb6
— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) February 26, 2017
— Chris Bailey (@Kentuckyweather) February 26, 2017
RIP Bill Paxton. Time to rewatch his excellent work in this: pic.twitter.com/6161Xne7Ge
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) February 26, 2017
Unbelievable. Bill Paxton is gone. Shocking. RIP
— Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) February 26, 2017
Farewell and rest in peace to Bill Paxton. Gone way too soon. Thanks for all the memories. pic.twitter.com/is1aEeKN1s
— Cullen Bunn (@cullenbunn) February 26, 2017
Damn man. Bill Paxton was in a lot of my favorite movies. On the low he was everywhere:… https://t.co/YxHbIwym9E
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton was notoriously one of the nicest people in the industry. He also gave us some of the all-time most iconic movie moments.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) February 26, 2017
The loss of #BillPaxton is beyond crushing. Once again, an icon, far too young, gone far too soon. 😢 Goodbye Private Hudson.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 26, 2017
No!!! Bill Paxton passed away at 61. RIP a fine actor. 😞
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) February 26, 2017
I wake up to find out Bill Paxton died. Loved him as an actor. Sorely missed.
— Rob Dyke (@TheRobDyke) February 26, 2017
Condolences to the family of Bill Paxton. I just heard the news. 😢
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 26, 2017
Ugh RIP Bill Paxton. Hudson in "Aliens" and Simon in "True Lies" are awesome characters
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) February 26, 2017
I am so saddened by Bill Paxton's passing. Had the pleasure of meeting him a few times in recent years and he was truly the loveliest guy.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) February 26, 2017
What a drag. RIP Bill Paxton. pic.twitter.com/UU39mcCA9Z
— Greg Capullo (@GregCapullo) February 26, 2017