Bill Paxton, Star of ‘Big Love’ and Movie Blockbusters, Dies at 61


How Bill Paxton Won Over His Audience

Bill Paxton is remembered as a nice guy who was in good films you can watch with your family. He co-starred in a string of 1990s blockbusters and later played the lead in the critically acclaimed television drama “Big Love.”

By ELSA BUTLER on Publish Date February 26, 2017.

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Bill Paxton, the affable actor who was a co-star in a string of 1990s blockbuster movies including “Twister,” “Titanic” and “Apollo 13,” and who later played the lead in the critically acclaimed television drama “Big Love,” has died. He was 61.

His death, from complications of surgery, was announced on Sunday by a family representative. The statement did not say when or where Mr. Paxton died, but Rolling Stone magazine reported that he died on Saturday.

Early in his career, Mr. Paxton had small parts in “The Terminator” (1984) and “Aliens” (1986). Both films were directed by James Cameron, who later featured him in more high-profile roles: as a used-car salesman who cheated Jamie Lee Curtis’s character in “True Lies” (1994) and as the treasure-hunting scientist who salvaged the wreck of the ocean liner in “Titanic” (1997).

He also starred in Ron Howard’s Oscar-nominated film “Apollo 13” (1995), portraying Fred Haise, one of three astronauts on a mission to the moon that experienced serious mechanical problems, and in “Twister” (1996) as a storm-chaser.

Mr. Paxton appeared regularly on television in the last decade. On the HBO series “Big Love,” from 2006 to 2011, he played Bill Henrickson, the patriarch of a…

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