Emmy-Winning Actor Bill Paxton Dead At 61

Bill Paxton has passed away at age 61.

The Emmy-winning actor best known for his roles in James Cameron hits “True Lies,” “Terminator” and “Titanic,” died Saturday due to complications from surgery. 

A representative for the family confirmed the news to Access Hollywood in a statement.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery.  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,” the statement read.

Paxton gained fame in his 40-year career with memorable roles in “Aliens,” “Tombstone” and James Cameron’s “Titanic,” among others. The actor received critical acclaim for his television roles, earning three Golden Globe nominations for his role in HBO’s “Big Love” and an Emmy nomination for History Channel’s miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys.” 

He most recent work was portraying Detective Franke Rourke in the CBS’s “Training Day,” a crime thriller set 15 years after the events of the feature film of the same name.

Paxton is survived by his wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury, and his two children, daughter Lydia Paxton and son James Paxton.

Keith Freshwater