Bill Paxton has died from complications following surgery at the age of 61.
The actor was best known for his role in the sci-fi classic Aliens.
Bill Paxton’s biggest hits included The Terminator, Apollo 13, True Lies and Titanic.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury, and their two children.
Bill Paxton won an Emmy for his performance in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys, alongside Kevin Costner.
He also earned three Best Actor Golden Globe nominations for his starring role in the HBO drama Big Love, where he played a suburban polygamist juggling three wives and families.
At the time of his death, Bill Paxton was working on a crime thriller TV series – Training Day – for CBS.
He played a morally dubious LAPD officer, Detective Frank Rourke.
Fellow Hollywood stars were quick to pay tribute to Bill Paxton as news of his death spread –
Bill Paxton’s family 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.”