Bill Paxton, the versatile actor who appeared in films including Aliens and Titanic and played a bigamist on HBO's Big Love, has died from complications following a surgical procedure. He was 61.
With a Texas twang and grizzled visage, Paxton often found himself playing military men and cowboys.
He was closely associated with James Cameron, playing an ill-fated technician in Aliens for the filmmakers, as well as a venal car deal in True Lives and a treasure hunter in Titanic.
Paxton anchored a few films, portraying a tornado-chasing scientist in the box office smash Twister (1996), and a wildlife refuge director in the flop, Might Joe Young (1998).
A representative for his family released a statement asking for privacy and saying: "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."