Actor Bill Paxton dies at 61 after surgery

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 31: Actor Bill Paxton attends the 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

AActor Bill Paxton, whose extensive career included films such as “The Terminator,” “Aliens” and “Titanic,” has died, a representative for his family said in a statement. He was 61.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” the statement said.

“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.”

Moments after news of Paxton’s death broke, social media lit up with tributes to the versatile actor.

Actor William Shatner was among those to offer condolences.

In addition to more than 90 acting credits, Paxton was also a director on films such as “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” and “Fraility.”

Screenwriter Brian Lynch said Paxton was a talented director.

“RIP Bill Paxton. great in everything, was the highlight of every movie he was in,” Lynch tweeted. “Underrated director too.”

CBS and NBC just introduced a trio of new series this month, with “Training Day” joining the long list of movies being transformed into TV shows. CBS also uses its heavyweight “The Big Bang Theory” to launch the comedy “Superior Donuts,” which doesn’t live up to that adjective, while NBC’s “Powerless” weakly executes an interesting concept.

Adapted from the movie that starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, “Training Day” flips the racial mix, with Bill Paxton as the grizzled, corner-cutting rogue cop and Justin Cornwell as his young, by-the-book partner.

“I’m the test that nobody passes,” Paxton’s Det. Frank Rourke tells his new charge, Cornwell’s Kyle Craig. Later, he serves notice about his intent to kill suspects they’re pursuing, saying, “I’m gonna make damn sure they never see the inside of a courtroom.”

With Paxton’s tough talk and shoot-first attitude, the series is at least as much “Dirty Harry” as “Training Day,” especially given how Harry went through partners. Yet it pretty quickly settles into a by-the-numbers cop procedural, with a serialized thread running through the show involving Kyle’s late father, a detective with whom Frank had worked.