Actor Bill Paxton dies at 61 – Chron.com
Actor Bill Paxton, a Fort Worth native, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. Representatives of the family say he died after complications during surgery.
"Twister" - One of the standards of "bad weather" films, Twister gave us Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt dodging growling tornadoes (top-notch special effects) but also knew how to have fun.
Kevin Bacon, Tom Hanks, and Bill Paxton talking in ship in a scene from the film 'Apollo 13', 1995.
Emmy Award-winning actor Bill Paxton died Saturday due to complications from surgery, a representative from his agent's office confirmed.
"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 released to TMZ. "Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."
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The Fort Worth-born actor appeared in a series of blockbusters in the 80s and 90s including "Twister," "Titanic," and "Aliens" and more recently in "Edge of Tomorrow" and "Nightcrawler."
His role in Apollo 13, as astronaut Fred Haise, garnered critical acclaim and won him a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. 
The movie was filmed in part at Johnson Space Center, where director Ron Howard and the cast worked closely with NASA to recreate the exact conditions astronauts would experience during spaceflight and Earth re-entry.
As a boy, he was in the crowd that welcomed President John F. Kennedy in Texas on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, hours before Kennedy was killed in Dallas.
As a young man, he worked in the art department for "B'' movie king Roger Corman, who helped launch the careers of numerous actors and filmmakers.  He received three Golden Globe nominations for his role as a polygamist in the HBO series "Big Love."
"Big Love was a seminal series for HBO for many years due to Bill's extraordinary talent and grace," reads an HBO statement. "Off screen, he was as warm, smart and fun as one could be." Paxton brought a reliably human dimension to big-budget action adventures and science fiction. 
The 61-year-old was married to Louise Newbury and had two children.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
>>>Scroll through the above gallery for a look at Bill Paxton's career

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