Actor known for hits including James Cameron blockbusters dies after complications following heart surgery, according to statement from family
The actor Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61.
The star of films including Aliens, Titanic and Apollo 13 died after complications from heart surgery, according to a statement released by his family.
It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery, the statement said.
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.
Bills passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the familys wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.
As an eight-year-old, Paxton was in the crowd when John F Kennedy emerged from his hotel on the morning of his assassination. Photographs of him being lifted above the crowd are on display at a museum in Texas. He later narrated a documentary about the day for the National Geographic channel and produced the film Parkland, set during the presidents final day. I was probably about 20 feet in front of him, he said in an interview. His hair was red and he was in a blue suit and he couldnt have been more charming.
The actors first notable performance was in The Terminator in 1984 and was swiftly followed up with roles in Weird Science, Aliens and Near Dark. He developed a close working relationship with the director James Cameron, also starring in True Lies and Titanic. Were just good friends, and hes 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
In a statement sent to Vanity Fair, Cameron said: The world is a lesser place for his passing. He went on: 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.
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