Bill Paxton, the Fort Worth native who went on to star in such movies as “Apollo 13,” “Titanic” and “Twister” and in TV projects such as HBO’s “Big Love” and the History miniseries “Texas Rising,” died Saturday of complications from heart surgery. He was 61.
“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,” according to a statement from a family representative. “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.”
One of his more recent roles was in the CBS show “Training Day” as a detective. In “Texas Rising,” he played Sam Houston, a distant relative of his.
“I’m related to Sam Houston on my father’s side,” Mr. Paxton said. “We’re second cousins, four times removed.”
Mr. Paxton was born in Fort Worth on May 17, 1955. In a story last year, he remarked how he was in the crowd when President John F. Kennedy spoke outside Hotel Texas in Fort Worth on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963.