Bill Paxton, the versatile actor who appeared in "Apollo 13", "Twister" and "Titanic" has died due to complications from surgery, People Magazine is reporting. "We ask to please respect the family's wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father". His roles in movies like Twister, Apollo 13, and Titanic could have made him a leading man, but he took a turn towards more subdued projects like A Simple Plan, opting for quality over quantity and character over stardom.
The family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death.
Paxton's clean-cut, regular-guy side also served him well in his biggest TV role, playing religious-cult polygamist Bill Hendrickson in the HBO drama series Big Love from 2006 through 2011.
Paxton got his career started by working in the art department, helping build sets and earning set dresser and set decorator credits on Roger Corman movies in the '70s and into the '80s.
Newbury was just 17 years old when the first met, but the two struck up an unlikely romance, one that spanned the Atlantic Ocean for the first seven years as she lived in London and Paxton lived and worked in the United States.
In the near term, the show will continue to be shown on Thursday nights, but its future is not certain: Reviews have been mixed - though Paxton's performance as a rogue cop has been praised - and it averages little more than 4 million viewers.
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Paxton's fortuitous meeting with director James Cameron nearly 40 years ago struck a chord that reverberated through pretty much his entire career.
Bill Paxton's son James (that's him below, with Dad in 2013) reportedly guest stars in Episode 8, which should air in mid-March. In recent years, he had memorable roles in movies like Edge of Tomorrow and Nightcrawler, as well as doing a run on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. According to TMZ, the beloved actor - now starring in CBS' new cop show "Training Day" - suffered a fatal stroke after post-op complications.
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"Nooooo. Bill Paxton is gone".
The Emmy-award nominated actor is survived by his wife and two children.