Big Love Actor Bill Paxton Dead at 61

Veteran actor Bill Paxton, best known to TV audiences as polygamist patriarch Bill Henrickson on HBO’s Big Love, died on Saturday due to complications from surgery. He was 61.

The actor, who starred on CBS’ adaptation of the Denzel Washington/Ethan Hawke film Training Day — production on all 13 episodes wrapped in December, with nine left to air — also appeared in the History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys and ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

In a statement released to TMZ, Paxton’s family says that “it is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” and notes that his “passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”

CBS has released the following statement, paying its respects to the Training Day star:

We are shocked and deeply saddened this morning by the news of Bill Paxton’s passing.  Bill was, of course, a gifted and popular actor with so many memorable roles on film and television. His colleagues at CBS and Warner Bros. Television will also remember a guy who lit up every room with infectious charm, energy and warmth, and as a great storyteller who loved to share entertaining anecdotes and stories about his work.   All of us here offer our deepest sympathy to his wife, Louise, and his two children.

In addition, HBO has released the following remembrance:

We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Paxton. Big Love was a seminal series for HBO for many years due to Bill’s extraordinary talent and grace. Off screen, he was as warm, smart and fun as one could be. A true friend to so many at HBO. He will be greatly missed.

In addition to his small-screen credits, Paxton is known for such films as Twister, Titanic and Aliens.

Paxton is survived by his wife, Louise Newbury, and his two children.