Bill Paxton, the veteran actor and director who appeared in Aliens, Twister, and Titanic, died Feb. 25 following complications from heart surgery, according to TMZ. He was 61.
He started out as a filmmaker before appearing in a string of movies in the ’80s with small but memorable roles in Stripes, Commando, Weird Science, and The Terminator. He quickly became a favorite of director James Cameron, who went on to cast him in Aliens, True Lies, Titanic, and the documentary Ghosts in the Abyss.
Paxton transitioned into a leading man with a starring role in Twister, then went on to star in movies like A Simple Plan, the Spy Kids series, and Frailty, which he also directed. He also starred as a modern-day polygamist in the HBO drama Big Love, which brought him three Golden Globe nominations, and he was nominated for an Emmy for his role in the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. At the time of his death, he was starring the CBS reboot of Training Day.