R.I.P. Bill Paxton

The one and only Bill Paxton has passed away at the age of 61 due to complications from heart surgery reports TMZ. Paxton is survived by his wife of thirty years, Louise Newbury, with whom he had two children. Paxton’s family released the following statement this morning:

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. 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.”

Born in Fort Worth in Texas, Paxton established his acting career through a close early association with director James Cameron which saw them work together on roles in “The Terminator”, “Aliens,” “True Lies” and “Titanic”.

Other notable roles includes such films as “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Weird Science,” “Near Dark,” “Commando,” “Predator 2,” “Tombstone,” “Apollo 13,” “Twister,” “U-571,” “Vertical Limit,” “Mighty Joe Young,” “Thunderbirds,” “Haven,” “Streets of Fire,” “Haywire,” “Club Dread,” “The Last Supper,” “The Evening Star,” “2 Guns,” “Boxing Helena,” “Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams” and “Navy SEALS” along with 2001’s “Frailty” which he directed.

His TV work included HBO’s “Big Love,” ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD,” and the mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys”. Paxton was cast as the starring role of Detective Frank Roarke in CBS’ “Training Day” series which just began airing this month.