'Titanic' actor Bill Paxton dies at age 61

  • Actor Bill Paxton, who became a favorite of director James Cameron through the '80s and '90s, has died.

    Actor Bill Paxton, who became a favorite of director James Cameron through the '80s and '90s, has died. Associated Press/January 2011

  • Bill Paxton, who played an astronaut in "Apollo 13" and a treasure hunter in "Titanic," died from complications due to surgery. The family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death.

    Bill Paxton, who played an astronaut in "Apollo 13" and a treasure hunter in "Titanic," died from complications due to surgery. The family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death. Associated Press/May 31, 2015

 
By LINDSEY BAHR
AP Film Writer
Updated 2/27/2017 6:09 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A family representative says prolific and charismatic actor Bill Paxton, who played an astronaut in "Apollo 13" and a treasure hunter in "Titanic," has died from complications due to surgery. He was 61.

The family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death. Further details were not provided.

 

Paxton, a Texas native, got his start in films in the art department on Roger Corman movies in the '70s before getting a chance to go in front of the camera.

He quickly became a favorite of director James Cameron through the '80s and '90s, appearing in films such as "The Terminator," ''Aliens" and "Titanic."

The statement says "Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."

The family requested privacy at this time.

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