Actor Bill Paxton Dies at 61 After Complications from Surgery

In addition to his on-screen work, Bill Paxton also directed two films.


Bill Paxton, star of films like Twister and Apollo 13, died at the age of 61 after complications from surgery, according to a report by’s Phil McCausland.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a family representative said, per McCausland’s report. “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.”

Paxton recently joined the cast of the CBS show Training Days. He played Detective Frank Rourke in six episodes of the 2017 TV series based off of the 2001 film of the same name. Paxton played John Garrett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well, starring in six episodes as the antagonist.

On the big screen, Paxton has been a part of some of the most successful movies ever made. He played Fred Haise in the 1995 film Apollo 13; he was Private Hudson in Aliens; and he also played Brock Lovett in Titanic second-highest grossing film of all time.

His last film is called The Circle, a film based off the novel of the same name by David Eggers. It stars Emma Watson and Tom Hanks and is slated for an April 28 release date.

Per McCausland’s report, Paxton called himself a “working actor” in a February interview on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly.

“You see those big stars who work all the time. I’ve never hd that one movie that really put it all together for me and really gave me a run on sugar,” Paxton said. “I always felt like Avis. They used to have a slogan, Avis Car Rental: ‘We try harder.'”

The Fort Worth, Texas, native also directed several films. He made his directorial debut in 2001 with Frailty. That film made $17 million worldwide. In 2005, he followed that up with The Greatest Game Ever Played, starring Shia LaBeouf.

Paxton is wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury, and two children.