Big Love, Twister actor Bill Paxton passes away at 61

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Actor Bill Paxton has passed away at the age of 61 due to complications from surgery. The versatile actor starred in a range of shows and movies which included Big LoveTwisterAliensMarvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.TerminatorApollo 13, Tombstone, and more. His most recent work included the role of Detective Frank Rourke on the TV show Training Day.

“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.”

Credited with 93 acting roles according to IMDB, Paxton’s acting career started with an uncredited role in 1975’s Crazy Mama and has spanned over 4 decades. Perhaps his biggest role coming in the TV series Big Love which ran from 2006-2011 in which he starred as a modern-day polygamist who was juggling three wives. Other memorable roles included Morgan Earp in Tombstone —”Remember what I said about people seein’ a bright light before they die? It ain’t true. I can’t see a damn thing.” — and Private Hudson in Aliens — “They’re coming outta the walls. They’re coming outta the goddamn walls. Let’s book!”

Our condolences go out to Paxton’s wife, Lousie, and his two children, along with the rest of his family and friends.

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