Actor Bill Paxton Dead at Age 61


Bill Paxton Dead from Surgery Complications

Bill Paxton, 61, known as a prolific character actor has died. He starred in such movies as “Aliens,” “Apollo 13,” and “Titanic.” He also starred as a polygamist in the HBO series, “Big Love.” A family spokesperson issued a statement today confirming his death of complications from surgery. No further details were provided.

Bill Paxton One of the Busiest Actors


Paxton was one of the industry’s busiest actors. He once said that the hardest part of his career wasn’t the work itself, but the time in between. He told the Associated Press in 2015, “You know all the time I’ve been in this business which is a long, long time now, I go from having incredible days like shooting the part of Sam Houston and then all of a sudden I’m home and I’m out of work and it’s 2 o’clock in the afternoon, I’m in my boxer shorts watching Turner Classic Movies.”

Paxton was born in Fort Worth. As a youngster he made amateur films with friends and worked in the art department for “B” movie king Roger Corman. In 1975 he made his screen debut in Corman’s “Crazy Mama.” He struggled for years to break into mainstream films.

His first marriage was to Kelly Rowan. It ended in divorce. In 1987 he married Louise Newbury who survives along with their two children. A complete list of his survivors could not be confirmed.