Bill Paxton, the affable actor who was a co-star in a string of 1990s blockbusters including “Twister,” “Titanic” and “Apollo 13” and later played the lead in the critically acclaimed television drama “Big Love,” has died. He was 61.
His death, from complications of surgery, was announced on Sunday by a family representative. The statement did not say when or where Mr. Paxton died, but Rolling Stone reported that he died on Saturday.
Early in his career, Mr. Paxton had small parts in “The Terminator” (1984) and “Aliens” (1986). Both films were directed by James Cameron, who later featured him in more high-profile roles: as a used-car salesman who cheated Jamie Lee Curtis’s character in “True Lies” (1994) and as the treasure-hunting scientist who salvaged the wreck of the ocean liner in “Titanic” (1997).
He also starred in Ron Howard’s Oscar-nominated film “Apollo 13” (1995), portraying Fred Haise, one of three astronauts on a mission to the moon that experienced serious mechanical problems, and in “Twister” (1996) as a storm-chaser.
Over the last decade, Mr. Paxton appeared regularly on television.
From 2006 to 2011, he played Bill Henrickson, the patriarch of a polygamist family in Utah, on the HBO series “Big Love.” He received three Golden Globe nominations for his portrayal.
In 2012, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for playing Randolph McCoy in the three-part mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys” on the History Channel. And in 2014, he appeared in six episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on ABC.
Mr. Paxton returned to TV this year as the star of “Training Day,” CBS’s new police drama.
A spinoff of the 2001 movie starring Denzel Washington, the series had its premiere earlier this month, and only four episodes have been broadcast. In total, 13 episodes of “Training Day” have been filmed, and Mr. Paxton appears in all of them.
Way too young.