He was closely associated with James Cameron, playing a punk leader in “The Terminator,” as well as an ill-fated soldier in “Aliens,” a venal car dealer in “True Lies” and a treasure hunter in “Titanic.” Paxton earned an Emmy nomination for the 2012 miniseries “Hatfields & Mc Coys,” and was starring as a morally ambiguous detective in the CBS series “Training Day” at the time of his death.Production on the show wrapped back in December, and all 13 episodes of the midseason show’s order have been filmed.Before long he landed his first role—a small part in the Jonathan Demme–directed At the age of 21, Paxton headed east to attend New York University, where he studied with famed acting instructor Stella Adler.While he was inspired by Adler, Paxton dropped out after two years.In 1992, Paxton had his first leading role in With his rich, distinctively Texan voice and everyman looks, actor Bill Paxton played a variety of roles, from offbeat characters to leading men.He grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where his father worked in the family's lumber business.He starred on HBO's "Big Love" (2006-2011), for which he was nominated three times for a Golden Globe, and had recently appeared on the series "Training Day." Last year, “Extra” caught up with Bill Paxton on the set of his TV series “Training Day.” In our last interview with Paxton, he chatted about his career, what fans recognize him for, and his role on “Training Day.” The future of “Training Day” is currently unknown after the actor's sudden passing.Paxton also had a a part in the early years of music videos — he directed and starred in the bizarre clip "Fish Heads" for Barnes & Barnes in 1980, which aired on "SNL," and also acted in Pat Benatar's 1982 video for her hit "Shadows of the Night." Celebrities immediately took to social media to mourn Paxton.
Paxton then worked as a set dresser for the king of B-movies, Roger Corman, for a time.Frequently portrayed characters who are dead by the end of their respective films (i.e.Bill Paxton, the versatile actor who appeared in films including “Aliens” and “Titanic” and played a polygamist on HBO’s “Big Love,” died Saturday from complications following heart surgery. A representative for his family released a statement saying, “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.” With a Texas twang and grizzled visage, Paxton often found himself playing military men and cowboys.That's quite immersive for an audition, but if you say 'jump' Catherine, I'll do it.Actor Bill Paxton has died, People magazine reports.