Titanic and Aliens star Bill Paxton dies aged 61
Bill Paxton, best known for his roles in Alien, Titanic and Apollo 13, has died at the age of 61.
Paxton, who had just completed work on the TV adaptation of movie Training Day, died after he reportedly suffered from complications following surgery.
Born in 1955, Paxton's big break came in 1984 when he had a small, but much-remembered role in The Terminator, which lead to him securing meatier roles in 1985's Weird Science and Aliens, where he played the no-nonsense Private Hudson.
The 1990's were the most fruitful of Paxton's career, bringing him roles in Titanic, disaster hit Twister and True Lies. In more recent years he had starred in acclaimed mini-series Big Love and won an Emmy for his performance in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys.
Tributes have been paid to Paxton from the likes of Tom Hanks, Val Kilmer and Ron Howard and a selection of them are below:
Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man... Hanx.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 26, 2017
God bless Bill Paxton. May he Rest In Peace. He was so kind and generous to all he worked with- an eternal child about creativity and life.— Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) February 27, 2017
Bill Paxton, RIP. Favorite Bill Paxton film: Carl Franklin's "0ne False Move" (1992). A sad loss. "Big Love" on HBO was amazing.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 27, 2017
Bill Paxton could play any role, but he was best at being Bill - a great human being with a huge heart. My thoughts are with his family.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) February 26, 2017
What a lovely, warm and kind human. So sad to hear of Bill Paxton's passing.— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) February 26, 2017