Having appeared in blockbuster after blockbuster over the course of thirty years, Bill Paxton has had one of the most accomplished and diverse careers in Hollywood. Beginning with an uncredited role in the 1975 movie Crazy Mama, he went on to appear in a host of iconic films including The Terminator, Apollo 13 and Titanic alongside a wide variety of television shows spanning everything from Miami Vice to Agents of S.H.I.E.LD, and even a number of video games and music videos. Today, his family released a statement informing his fans across the world that he has died due to complications during surgery at the age of 61.
The statement did not go into detail about his death. Instead, it focuses on the impact Paxton has had on his fans, friends and family over the course of his life and career, celebrating what made him such a gift to those who knew him.
“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.”
Others who have been touched and inspired by Paxton as an actor and a man have been posting their tributes online, with everyone from Elijah Wood to William Shatner to Edgar Wright commenting on the Paxton’s impact and the loss the world has suffered with his passing.
Paxton’s last film, The Circle, in which he starred alongside Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and John Boyega, is still in production, based on the novel by Dave Eggers. It is due for release in April of this year.
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