Bill Paxton, actor known for Aliens and Titanic, dies aged 61

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    Actor Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61, after complications following surgery

    Actor Bill Paxton, who was best known for his role in the sci-fi classic Aliens, has died at the age of 61, US media report.

    Paxton had reportedly suffered from complications following surgery.

    The Texan actor’s biggest hits included The Terminator, Apollo 13, True Lies, Titanic, and 1996’s Twister – in which he starred opposite Helen Hunt.

    He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury, and their two children.

    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, he was working on a crime thriller TV series – Training Day – for the US network CBS.

    He played a morally dubious LAPD officer, Detective Frank Rourke.

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    Fellow Hollywood stars were quick to pay tribute to Paxton as news of his death spread – among them West Wing actor Rob Lowe.

    He wrote on Twitter: “Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. Renaissance man, raconteur and uniquely American national treasure. His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing. My love to Bunny,…

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