Bill Paxton passed away this morning due to complications from surgery. The veteran actor was 61.
A statement from his family reads:
“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. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”
It’s evident from the immediate outpour of social media condolences, that Paxton’s career was accessible and identifiable to everyone. With a career spanning more than four decades, he has dozens of acting credits, many of which are to films and TV shows with critical or cult success.
Fans will remember him in multiple capacities; he was currently starring on the show Training Day as Detective Frank Rourke, and recently portrayed double agent John Garrett in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
Paxton will also be remembered for his tentpole roles as Brock Lovett in Titanic, Fred Haise in Apollo 13, jerry Lambert in Predator, the Punk Leader in the Terminator, Bill Harding in Twister, Morgan Earp in Tombstone and Private Hudson in Aliens. Many of his roles brought about great lines such as ‘Game over man, game over,” from Aliens.
In addition to his long and beloved acting career, Paxton was a member of the 1980s band Martini Ranch and voiced Kahn in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Exo Zombies.