Bill Paxton had a fire that most lack. He was charismatic and chameleon-like in front of the camera. He was incredibly endearing, and he proved himself a tremendous filmmaker as well. And now, he’s gone, dead at just 61 years old. Paxton died from complications of surgery.
“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a family representative said in a statement. “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.”
While Paxton’s career stretched far, far beyond the limits of horror, it was obvious the man had an affinity for the genre. In addition to directing and starring in the excellent Frailty, Paxton could be seen in Terminator, Aliens, Near Dark, Mortuary, Brain Dead, Predator 2, Club Dread and The Colony, among other projects.
Paxton, one of the best of our day, will be greatly missed. He is survived by his children James and Lydia Paxton, and his wife of 30-years, Louise Newbury.