Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61 after suffering complications from a recent heart surgery. He wasn't included in last night's "In Memoriam" tribute at the Academy Awards; but, presenter Jennifer Aniston said a few words in his honor.
Paxton's first role was in Jonathan Demme's 1975 movie, "Crazy Mama," but he would get his big break in "The Terminator." From there, Paxton starred in movies like "Weird Science," "Aliens," "True Lies," "Apollo 13," "Twister," "Titanic," and "Frailty," which also marked his directorial debut. He was also a hit on the small screen.
Paxton earned three Golden Globe nominations for his starring turn in HBO's "Big Love" and more recently earned rave reviews and an Emmy nomination for the 2012 miniseries, "Hatfields & McCoys."
He leaves behind his wife of 30 years and two children. While his family is asking for privacy at this time, an official statement adds "Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”