Hollywood Mourns Bill Paxton’s Death

Hollywood Mourns Bill Paxton’s Death

Bill Paxton

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.