Bill Paxton has passed away due to fatal stroke from surgery

la-et-st-bill-paxton-texas-rising-sam-houston-20150604“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.

We’re told Paxton underwent heart surgery and had complications post-op and suffered a fatal stroke.

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.”

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 Texas native, who won an Emmy for his work in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys, began acting in the 1970s. His earliest acting credits include minor roles in blockbusters such as Terminator (1984) and Aliens (1986).

Paxton’s notable performances include playing Morgan Earp in Tombstone (1993), Fred Haise in Apollo 13 (1995), the lead role in the 1996 hit Twister and as treasure hunter Brock Lovett in Titanic (1997).

His television credits include a lead role in HBO’s Big Love as well as Hatfields and McCoys.

Paxton was starring with Justin Cornwell in the new CBS cop drama Training Day, which picks up 15 years after the 2001 Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke film of the same name.

Paxton’s son was recently tapped to join the actor in his new CBS drama.

“I was thrilled to have my son [James, 22,] guest-star on the eighth episode of Training Day,” Paxton said.

They added that he had an ‘illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.’

The statement went on: ‘Bill’s passion was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.

gettyimages-108014155-e1488124202753Paxton leaves behind two children. He was married to his second wife, Louise Newbury, at the time of his death.

Paxton tied the knot with his first wife, Kelly Rowan on 2nd October 1979. Their married life didn’t go as it was planned, which lead their marriage to a sad divorce. Paxton and Rowan got officially separated on 22nd July 1980 after not even a year of togetherness. Paxton never spoke anything regarding his ex-wife and he neither revealed the real reason for his divorce. The pair didn’t have any children together.

He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and his father John Paxton was also an actor, having worked on several Spiderman films.

Bill Paxton received three Golden Globe Award nominations for his portrayal of Bill Henrickson, the patriarch of a polygamist family, on the television series “Big Love,” and another nomination for his lead role in the television movie “A Bright Shining Lie.” Also, he starred as Randall McCoy in the mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys,” opposite Kevin Costner.

Paxton will appear alongside Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega in director James Ponsoldt’s feature film, “The Circle,” which is set to premiere in spring 2017. In 2014, he appeared in the thriller “Nightcrawler,” Dan Gilroy’s lauded directorial debut, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.

billpaxton2indexIn addition to acting, Paxton has been a filmmaker since the beginning of his career, starting with the cult classic short film “Fishheads,” which premiered on “Saturday Night Live” in 1980. In 2001 Paxton directed the gothic thriller “Frailty,” which he starred in alongside Matthew McConaughey and which was honored with a Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking by the National Board of Review 2002.

In 2005 he directed the sports drama “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” starring Shia LaBeouf. Also, Paxton served as a producer on “Parkland,” “The Good Life,” and “Traveler,” which he starred in alongside Mark Wahlberg and Julianna Margulies.

In 2001 Paxton directed the gothic thriller “Frailty,” which he starred in alongside Matthew McConaughey and which was honored with a Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking by the National Board of Review 2002. In 2005 he directed the sports drama “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” starring Shia LaBeouf. Also, Paxton served as a producer on “Parkland,” “The Good Life,” and “Traveler,” which he starred in alongside Mark Wahlberg and Julianna Margulies.

In 2005 he directed the sports drama “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” starring Shia LaBeouf. Also, Paxton served as a producer on “Parkland,” “The Good Life,” and “Traveler,” which he starred in alongside Mark Wahlberg and Julianna Margulies.

Paxton held the distinction of being the only actor to have visited the wreck site of the Titanic with James Cameron for the documentary “Ghosts of the Abyss.” Paxton completed four descents to the site, 2.5 miles below the surface of the North Atlantic.

Paxton, a native of Ft. Worth, Texas, resided in California with his wife and children. His birthday was May 17.

Bill gone, at 61

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Actor (60 Credits)

Title Role Year

Training Day (TV Show)

  • Faultlines — 2017
  • Wages of Sin — 2017
  • Code of Honor — 2017

Texas Rising (TV Show)

  • The Rise of the Republic — 2015
  • The Rise of the Republic: Part 1 — 2015
  • The Rise of the Republic: Part 2 — 2015

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV Show)

  • Beginning of the End — 2014
  • Ragtag — 2014
  • The Only Light in the Darkness — 2014
Edge Of Tomorrow (Movie) Master Sergeant Farell 2014
Million Dollar Arm (Movie) Tom House 2014
Nightcrawler (Movie) 2014
2 Guns (Movie) Earl 2013
The Colony (Movie) Mason 2013

Hatfields & McCoys (TV Show)

  • Part 3 — 2012
  • Part 2 — 2012
  • Part 1 — 2012

Randall McCoy 2012

Haywire (Movie) Mr. Kane 2012

Big Love (TV Show)

  • When Men and Mountains Meet — 2011
  • Exorcism — 2011
  • Big Love: The End of Days — 2011
Haven (Movie) Carl Ridley 2006
Magnificent Desolation: Walking On The Moon 3d (Movie) 2005
Club Dread (Movie) Coconut Pete 2004
Thunderbirds (Movie) Jeff Tracy 2004
Ghosts Of The Abyss (Movie) 2003
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (Movie) Dinky Winks 2003
Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams (Movie) Dinky Winks 2002
Frailty (Movie) Dad 2002
U-571 (Movie) Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren 2000
Vertical Limit (Movie) Elliot Vaughn 2000
A Simple Plan (Movie) Hank Mitchell 1998
Mighty Joe Young (Movie) Gregg O’Hara 1998
A Bright Shining Lie (Movie) Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann 1998
Titanic (Movie) Brock Lovett 1997
Traveller (Movie) Bokky 1997
Twister (Movie) Bill Harding 1996
The Last Supper (Movie) Zack 1996
The Evening Star (Movie) Jerry Bruckner 1996
Frank And Jesse (Movie) Frank James 1995
Apollo 13 (Movie) Fred W. Haise 1995
True Lies (Movie) Simon 1994
Tombstone (Movie) Morgan Earp 1993
Indian Summer (Movie) Jack Belston 1993
Boxing Helena (Movie) Ray O’Malley 1993
Monolith (Movie) Tucker 1993
One False Move (Movie) Dale “Hurricane” Dixon 1992
Trespass (Movie) Vince 1992
The Vagrant (Movie) Graham Krakowski 1992
The Dark Backward (Movie) Gus 1991
The Last Of The Finest (Movie) Howard “Hojo” Jones 1990
Brain Dead (Movie) Jim Reston 1990
Slipstream (Movie) Matt Owen 1990
Navy Seals (Movie) Dane 1990
Back To Back (Movie) Bo Brand 1990
Predator 2 (Movie) Jerry Lambert 1990
Next Of Kin (Movie) Gerald Gates 1989
Pass The Ammo (Movie) Jesse 1988
Near Dark (Movie) Severen 1987

Miami Vice (TV Show)

  • Streetwise — 1986

Vic 1986

Aliens (Movie) Pvt. Hudson 1986
Commando (Movie) Intercept Officer 1985
Weird Science (Movie) Chet 1985
Impulse (Movie) Eddie Russell 1984
Streets Of Fire (Movie) Clyde 1984
The Terminator (Movie) Punk Leader 1984
The Lords Of Discipline (Movie) Gilbreath 1983
Mortuary (Movie) Paul Andrews 1983
Taking Tiger Mountain (Movie) 1983
Stripes (Movie) 1981

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