Actor Bill Paxton Dies At Age 61

People Magazine reports:

Emmy-winning actor Bill Paxton died due to complications from surgery, PEOPLE confirms. “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. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”

  • pablo

    Game over man! Game over! (Said respectfully)

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      In case you haven’t been keeping up on current events, we just got our fucking asses licked, errr ahhh. Kicked. Yeah, kicked.

      • William

        See the above or below GIF from Weird Science.

  • bkmn

    It seemed like he worked constantly but yet was not one to go on talk shows to promote his work. He seemed like a really nice guy and I am sad he died so (relatively) young.

  • jimbo65

    Dammit. Loved him since ALIENS

    • lymis

      He’s also one of the punks the Terminator steals the clothes from. Small role, but he stood out.

      • Dazzer

        He’s the only actor to have been killed by a Terminator, an Alien and a Predator.

        • lymis

          It’s a good guess that the Terminator didn’t leave witnesses, but Paxton was not killed by him on screen. Or at least, there’s no way to know if that slam into the gate killed him. Sure didn’t do him any favors.

  • A handsome man, a good actor, and entirely too young to pass away like this. He was only four years older than me, which is very sobering.

    • BearEyes

      sobering indeed. He’s my age and way too young to pass.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Only 2 for me. Sigh.

      • Oh’behr

        Only 0.5 for me.

  • Michael R

    Paxton (the child seen raised above the crowd)
    before JFK emerges from Hotel Texas on November 22, 1963

    • Al


    • Dramphooey

      Is that Ted Cruz’s dad?

    • JT

      Conspiracy theories in 3 … 2 … 1

  • If you have NOT seen Bill Paxton in one of the BEST movies ever do yourself a favor and watch “A Simple Plan”…

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Came here for this!

      • I love this movie and it speaks to human nature so clearly

        • bzrd

          YES !

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Truly a study in acting. An amazing movie.

      • I have shown this at my home many times and my friends are always…just awestruck at how the characters are so realistic

    • Waarki

      Such a beautifully disturbing movie. Paxton is brilliant.

  • That is such sad news. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that for those of us of a certain age, Mr. Pullman was a huge crush.

  • Loved him in Weird Science:

    • Blake Mason

      Isn’t this “Just One of the Guys”?

    • JT

      Not weird. The beautiful science of manly asses.

    • gothambear

      He showed his mighty fine ass often in Big Love too – bless his heart. What a shame at 61. And there’s Trump still ticking away…

    • Jeffrey

      That Ian Mitchell Smith was one lucky kid.

    • Jeffrey

      Chet was one of those characters that you hated but I cant tell you how many times I jerked off to him when I was 15.

  • Hue-Man

    His son, James, starred as a gay teen in last year’s TV series Eyewitness. Imdb also shows a credit on his father’s series Training Day.

    • William

      I had no clue that was his son.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Oh my God!

  • JuanGalicia

    Game over ;-;

  • Gest2016

    He died of “surgery”??? I know its rude to speculate, but if they don’t name the type of surgery it was usually a facelift gone wrong. And its those types of outpatient surgeries that carry the most risk, being done outside a hospital.

    • Niblet58

      My dad died due to complication from a knee replacement… he got a MRSA at the rehab facility and never left alive. He walked in and was carried out in a body bag.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Sorry to hear that. I barely left alive from hip-replacement rehab.

      • TuuxKabin

        Condolences Nible.

      • William

        My father has had two major surgeries in the last six months. In both cases, the hospital had him out the door as quickly as possible. The doctors said the risk of infection was too high for him to stay.

      • houstonray

        So sorry to hear that Niblet. Hubby’s grandmother had a routine outpatient knee surgery, they sent her home and she died at home of a stroke. SO scary that even routine procedures can be so dangerous.

    • MikeBx2

      Other articles specify heart surgery.

      • Gest2016

        Wow, its so rare these days to die like this in a modern operating room where they monitor your blood coagulants, blood pressure, everything … something doesn’t sound right about this.

        • MikeBx2

          I agree. Even major heart surgeries these days are really perfected and allow patients to be home in just a few days. Must be devastating for his family.

        • stuckinthewoods

          Surgery is still dangerous. We know of someone who recently died in childbirth. Two centuries ago very common, it can still happen today even in a hospital delivery.

    • houstonray

      Just posted an update above. Post op stroke following heart surgery.

  • Djurisk
    • DAMN…Near Dark is the SHIT for sure…how in the hell did I miss this movie…so much better than ANY of these crappy ass vampire movies of today…

      • Djurisk

        Yes, one of my favorites for sure.

      • Diogenes Onionpants

        Damn, how did I miss that: a vampire flick with hot vampires and a soundtrack by the Cramps! Thanks for bringing attention to that scene. That just got added to the Amazon prime list.

  • David Walker

    You are all remembering him in good roles, good movies. The first one that came to mind for me was “Twister.” I was addicted to The Weather Channel at the time, especially their live shots and recorded funnel clouds and all that. Jack called it “weather porn.” So be it. The object for me was to see the CG tornadoes and came away loving Bill all the more. I think probably nearly everything he touched had some memorable scenes. It would be nice if he were remembered tonight.

    • TuuxKabin

      I’m currently a subscriber to the weather channel, there is more than weather videos they send out.

      Truly. Won’t be watching, but it’d be nice to read about a tribute to him.

      Dear Bill Paxton, R.I.P. & love.

    • SilasMarner

      I loved him in ‘True Lies’. 🙂

      • Vinnie NYC

        I’ve got a small dick

        • SilasMarner

          That was the best line ever! LOL

      • William

        I didn’t realize that was him in the movie until I saw it the second time.

    • JTC

      “Twister” is the only movie I’ve seen him in. That film gave me the idea that it would be cool to become a meteorologist and a storm chaser. Of course I had the common sense not to tell my mom the real reason I wanted to study Meteorology in college. RIP, Mr. Paxton

      • David Walker

        Are you a meteorologist? I worked at a small time TV producer for a couple of years and that included some live shots at remote locations. I once told my partner that I’d really love to be the producer for some of The Weather Channel’s live shots…tornadoes, blizzards, whatever. He was not a happy person. I didn’t tell him that part of the reason was to share a room with Jim Cantore. This was when both of us were younger and, in his case, hotter.

        • JTC

          No, I’m not. I switched majors at the end of my sophomore year when I realized I was actually more passionate about German than Meteorology. Besides, I figured I could always ask my former classmates if I could come along whenever they went on a storm-chasing trip. I wasn’t crazy about Jim Cantore. When I was a kid there was a local meteorologist named Doug Peters whom I thought was attractive. My mom actually took me to the station to meet him, but he had to cancel at the last second because of severe weather, so all I got was a lousy mug. 😀

          • David Walker

            How fitting he canceled owing to severe weather.

  • Cuberly

    Oh come on 2017. Don’t you start pretending you’re 2016. Leave the iconic ones alone.

    RIP Mr. Paxton

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Well that sucks. Why are all the good ones leaving us this past year and total pieces of shit like Trump, Robertson, et. al. still hang on.

    R.I.P. Mr. Paxton and thanks for all the great movies.

  • William

    Damn, I’ve had the hots for Paxton since he played the asshole older brother in ‘Weird Science’.

    • MikeBx2

      Me too!

  • SilasMarner

    Loved him as an actor and ALWAYS thought he was HOT

  • Mike__in_Houston

    I thought he was very handsome in Titanic. I wished he had had a bigger role.

  • KaBoomBOX

    I loved Bill’s band, Martini Ranch. Ironically the most 80s of the 80s.

  • marshlc

    Really loved him Frailty – simultaneously a really good dad and a murderous nutcase.

    • SFBruce

      I loved that movie, too. As it’s a dark and chilling story, so I don’t think it’s for everyone, but I loved it. If you like the kind of movie you probably shouldn’t watch late at night alone, this one is for you.

    • johncAtl

      That may be my favorite movie of his, but there are so damn many good ones it’s hard to pick just one.

  • houstonray

    TMZ reports an update – He had heart surgery yesterday, it was successful, but then he had a post-op stroke and died suddenly.

    • Todd20036

      That is not atypical. Blood clots can form from any surgery, and many times, the result is fatal

  • Lars Littlefield

    I thought his portrayal of Bill Hendrickson in Big Love, struggling patriarch of his own faction of a polygamous family, was dead on. You can walk the streets of Utah towns and cities and find that character’s doppelgänger herding a passel of sister wives. RIP.

  • ralphb

    Very underrated actor.
    3 must see films he was in:
    A Simple Plan – Married couple find a bag of money in the woods. Try to hide it from the mob guys who lost it.
    Near Dark – Family of vampires travel around Texas in an RV. Genre transcending film.
    One False Move – Very dark noir thriller that got raves when it came out in ’92.

  • Shakesbear

    I have been a fan of his since the first time I laid eyes on him in Near Dark- ” I hate ’em when they ain’t been shaved.” Sad to hear of his passing.

  • Jeb

    Not many people know that Bill was also the lead singer for the duo Martini Ranch.

  • Mike Solo

    I always had a bit of a man crush on him…

  • TampaDink

    Sad news requires a happy memory.

  • Bill Pullman died?

  • Carl

    He was probably at his best when playing boneheads. Only man to be killed be a Predator, Terminator, and an Alien Xenomorph.

    Sad to hear about this.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Well fuck, 2017 seems to be 2016’s twin. He was such a talent.

  • Oh, I really liked him. And never confused him with Bill Pullman! But I do still think of Dana Carvey’s impression of his ALIENS character in “ALIENSES” when Sigourney Weaver hosted: “We’re grated cheese, man! We’re shredded wheat, man!” Paxton was nowhere near the top of list of “celebrity deaths” anyone would expect. Sad.

  • Ninja0980

    RIP Bill.

  • Oh, Parker

    I loved everything he was in. Yes, even the Thunderbirds movie. Great actor and beautiful man.

  • Skip Intro

    61 is too way too early to cash in your chips. A fine actor who was frequently confused with Bill Pullman.

  • The_Wretched

    Game over Man.

  • coram nobis

    Bill Paxton and the flying cow sequence.

  • ElJiffy

    Always had a thing for him.

  • JCF

    Way too young. RIP.

  • Joseph Mora