Bill Paxton, 61, has died from complications from surgery


Actor Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. He was 61 years old. A family representative issued the following statement:

“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.”

[From People]

Paxton is survived by his wife of three decades, Louise, and two children, daughter Lydia and son James who recently guest starred in Paxton’s current TV show Training Day.

Paxton was born in Fort Worth, Texas. When he was eight years old, he was among the crowd that greeted President John F. Kennedy as he emerged from Hotel Texas directly before his fateful ride through Dallas. The photo of Paxton being lifted up to see the president is on display in Dallas’ Sixth Floor Museum.

Paxton was known for movie roles such as Apollo 13, Tombstone, Terminator, Spy Kids, Aliens and Titanic and TV roles Big Love and Hatfields & McCoys, for which he was nominated for multiple Golden Globes (Big Love), an Emmy and a SAG Award (Hatfield & McCoy). I bet that those of you reading came up with a list of his credits just as long as the one I gave. The first memory I have of Paxton was his role as the obnoxious Chet in Weird Science, but that’s just because I didn’t know who he was when I saw Stripes. The Mister and I started listing his roles after we’d heard of his passing and ran out of breath before we could cite them all. That’s the thing that stands out for me about Paxton: it wasn’t that he appeared in so many things but I always remembered him. No matter how small or supporting his role was, he owned it in a way that stood out.

The outpouring over Paxton’s death has been huge. Many are touting his prowess as an actor, of course, but even more than his acting, people are lauding what a genuinely kind soul he was and the impact he made on them. Obviously 61 is far too young to die and I’m sure we will receive more information surrounding his surgery and the complications in time but for now, let’s remember the actor and celebrate the warm human being along with those who knew him.





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  1. Miss M says:

    Nooooo 😢
    RIP, Bill!

  2. Reindeer says:

    2017 needs to stop. I just… can’t.

    What a sad loss.


  3. Harryg says:

    This is so sad, he was wonderful.

  4. Jayna says:

    I adored him in Big Love. I read he had heart surgery and then suffered a massive stroke post-op. So young to leave this earth.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I came on to say the same, Jayna. I don’t know his movie work, as I don’t watch movies, but his talent shone through in Big Love – he was simply wonderful. RIP Mr Paxton.

    • Magwaisca says:

      I never missed Big Love. He was so great in projecting and perfecting a kind of patriarchal cluelessness.

    • vaultdweller101 says:

      Loved Big Love too! He always stood out in his shows/movies, no matter what part he was playing. Twister, Apollo 13, A Simple Plan, Alien… He also seemed like a real stand-up guy.

      2017… GAME OVER, man. Game over. Let’s all just pack it in for the rest of the year, because this year is clearly doomed.

  5. third ginger says:

    Such a shock! Always an interesting actor.

  6. smcollins says:

    Oh, no! RIP Bill 😢

  7. Nicole says:

    So sad :(

  8. Jegede says:

    So sad.

    I LOVED him in Weird Science.

  9. Rocio says:

    He was so young. So sad.

  10. Nancy says:

    Apollo 13 was on the other night while I was making dinner, and there I sat with my unpeeled potato in hand, couldn’t walk away from the film. It sounds as if he was one of the good guys. Watch Weird Science and he will floor you, so funny. Good guy dies at 61, and you know who will live to be 100. Live each day as though it’s your last, it very well could be. RIP

  11. Susannah says:

    I loved him in, well everything! He was in Weird Science, Apollo 13, Twister, Aliens, some of my favorite movies. He always gave a great performance.
    My brothers still say, “Game over man, Game over” whenever they compete against each other.
    Really sad day, he was such a part of my viewing life, RIP.

  12. kibbles says:

    How many male actors in Hollywood are married to a non-model or non-actress normal person for three decades without a touch of scandal? To me that personifies what everyone thought and is saying about him in remembrance. I enjoyed Big Love and watched every episode of that series. He was a fine actor and probably should have gotten more recognition than he did. RIP

    • bluerunning says:

      Just about to say that… the only thing I know Bill Paxton for is his work… not scandals, gossip, or news. So sad for his family.

    • Winnie Cooper's Mom says:

      Ditto. Hardly any individuals in Hollywood we can say that about today. Sad. Loved him in Twister growing up. RIP

  13. felixswan2 says:

    So sad. 61 is too young. He was a really talented actor, and I always enjoyed watching him!

  14. Marley says:

    Loved him In A Simple Plan.

    RIP Bill.

  15. anniefannie says:

    I have a very close friend who met him while he was filming Twister. She hung out w/him for a weekend ( platonic as she’s gay) he loved music so she showed him some Iive music places. She marveled at how down to earth and easy going he was. Everywhere they went they attracted a crowd and she said he was super friendly and engaging. She’s a beautiful girl and mentioned she was hoping he wouldn’t ruin their fun by hitting on her and he never did. About a week later she got a call from him to tell her the movie was wrapping and he was leaving but wanted to thank her for the good times. RIP Bill! You made quite an impact!

  16. aenflex says:

    Loved him in True Lies. He was one of those prolific actors who was great no matter where he was put.

  17. ClaireB says:

    Game over, man. Game over.

  18. KBETH says:

    Sad about this, far too young.
    Great actor & seemed like a really decent guy.

  19. Christin says:

    He narrated a very good JFK documentary that traced JFK’s last hours in Texas. Bill shared his own vivid memories of that morning (as a young boy attending), which made it all the more interesting.

    Seems he was a class act, and often those go far too soon.

  20. Chef Grace says:

    He was such a good actor, lead or supporting, Bill owned it.
    Sympathy for his loved ones.

  21. Donna says:

    Loved him in every role he played. He was far too young to die. So very sorry to hear this.

  22. Luca76 says:

    Sad news 61 is far too young my heart goes out to his family. Talented guy.

  23. Jellybean says:

    I have always liked him. RIP.

  24. Kezia says:

    Loved him in Big Love. So sad.

  25. The Original Mia says:

    Rest In Peace. Wonderful actor and human being.

  26. lightpurple says:

    This is such a loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

    If you haven’t seen it, watch A Simple Plan, a small, brilliant film.

    • mayamae says:

      Love that film. He and Billy Bob were amazing. I was amazed that the film didn’t get more attention.

  27. Esmom says:

    Heartbreaking. Life is short, way too short for some. RIP.

  28. minx says:

    I absolutely loved him in everything he was in.
    This death shocked me, I think of him as being so youthful.

  29. Tig says:

    Gosh, he was so darn funny in Weird Science. So true that he blended into whatever role, but also managed to stand out. RIP and hope his loved ones and friends find comfort in the days to come.

  30. Evie says:

    RIP Bill Paxton. Loved all his work especially Twister, Tombstone and the hilarious bit he did at the beginning of The Terminator movie where he laughs at a naked Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Condolences to his family. He’s gone too soon but I hope they are comforted by the outpouring of love from all his friends, fellow actors and fans.

  31. DesertReal says:

    Game over, man.
    Game over.
    - Bill Paxton

  32. Lucy says:

    Far too young to die, didn’t even look his age. Lots of people are sad over this, so I imagine he was a great guy. May he rest in peace.

  33. Aqua says:

    I was shocked to read this first thing this morning. I don’t know but it seems to me that a lot of people die in their 60′s which I still consider not that old. Condolences to friend and families.

    • Jeesie says:

      Lots of people have strokes and heart attacks and start getting the more age-related cancers in their 50′s and 60′s. Many will survive that, but for lots of people quality of life takes a real dive around that age.

      People are living longer, but many of those people have been dealing with illness and disease for decades.

  34. HoustonGrl says:

    Nooooooo! I loved him :( rest in peace.

  35. Abbess Tansy says:

    Loved this man, Aliens, Apollo 13, Twister. My sympathies to his family.

  36. Zuzus Girl says:

    Damn it. Please don’t start 2017!

    He sounded like a genuinely good guy. RIP

  37. kri says:

    Talented guy, this is a freaking nightmare for his family and friends. Prayers to them. RIP Bill.

  38. Adrien says:

    Jesus, just 61. A Simple Plan was his best movie but my favorite role of his was the fake terrorist fighting CIA agent in True Lies. And also the reporter in NightCrawler.
    Bill wasn’t a flashy Hollywood actor but you will always remember him in all the movies he was in. I am a bit pissed that people still make that Bill Pullman-Paxton jokes on twitter like “RIP, Independence Day guy”.
    RIP, Bill. I guess, Game Over Man. You will be missed.

  39. what's inside says:

    Awesome actor. His movies are among my all time favorites. Thoughts and prayers to his family that they may have peace and know he truly is among the stars tonight.

  40. Giulia says:

    I loved him in Frailty and One False Move and of course Big Love. Such sad news :(

  41. Susiecue says:

    Wonderful write-up. It’s obvious everyone loves him as much as I do! I’ve always thought he was special. Very memorable as you said. Sad day indeed.

  42. neil says:

    Sort of speechless…. death plays no favorites I guess.

  43. Megan says:

    I’m really gutted about this :(

  44. Scootypuffjr says:

    Dammit. I’ve been a huge fan of his for so many years, and this one really hurts. So much love and so many good vibes to his family. Game over, man.

  45. Sarah says:

    So incredibly sad. RIP Mr. Paxton, you will be deeply missed. 💔

  46. nancypants says:

    Sad. Almost no one has mentioned The Evening Star. I guess I’ve seen it a dozen times.
    “Somewhere beyond the sea!! Someone’s waiting for me!” If I could FLY like birds on high! – Bill Paxton singing in The Evening Star
    See you later Bill.

  47. Audi says:

    He definitely owned the part. Who can forget Chet in Weird Science and “Game Over Man, Game Over!” in Aliens? Thank you Mr. Paxton.

  48. holly hobby says:

    This one hurts. Loved him in Twister and Titanic. He’s one of those actors who appear in a lot of movies but who always leaves an impression.

    2017 you are starting to suck like your predecessor.

  49. Dj says:

    I was stunned and “gutted” like so many others when I read this news yesterday. Bill Paxton has always been one of my favorite actors from my generation. He was a scene stealer like in “Aliens” or the handsome, every man like in “Twister” or “Tombstone.” But I think his authenticity always shined through. That is what always spoke to me. He could be scary or smarmy like in “Near Dark,” “True Lies” or “Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” One role he did not get much recognition for was in “Frailty.” He was phenomenal in everything and will truly be missed! My prayers go out to his family.

  50. Hiccup says:

    What?? Noooooooo!!

    Man that’s way too young! :(

    Loved him ever since aliens when I was a kid! Must be horrible for the family to lose someone that loved that young. Seemed like he had a really big personality and a really big heart. RIP 🌸

  51. emo says:

    Late to the game, but I also have a great Bill Paxton story to share:

    My husband is in advertising, and years back he worked on a United Airlines campaign for which Bill did the voice overs. My boss at the time LOVED Bill, and my husband said if we wrote up a short script he’d size up the situation to see if Bill would be amenable to recording it for her. My colleagues and I wrote this totally nonsensical, esoteric script, that Bill happily recorded for us. Not only did he say the words, he truly emoted. It was awesome.

    And my husband’s opinion of him was like all the rest – said he was a truly nice guy, very complimentary and a total class act. So sad that he’s gone.