Actor and comic Bill Paxton, who starred in the 1960s TV show “Wrecker,” died Wednesday at his home in Florida, his son announced.
Paxton was 91.
He had battled lung cancer since 2013.
He starred in dozens of films, including “Walking Tall,” “The Wild Bunch,” “Hannah Montana,” “Mystic River,” “I Love Lucy” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
He was best known for his role as “Wally the Wrecking Bagger” in the NBC sitcom “Willy Wonka & Co.” in the early 1950s.
In a statement, Paxton’s son said, “I am deeply saddened to report that Bill Paxtons tragic passing has occurred.
Bill was a talented actor, comic, and comic writer.
Bill’s career spanned the span of many decades and he had a strong impact on many young people, including myself.
I am truly heartbroken to share the news of Bill’s passing.”
Paxton made his acting debut in 1953 as a character in the comedy “The Wreckers,” which was produced by Paramount.
He appeared in several movies including “Sister, Sister” (1956), “The Loneliest Woman in Brooklyn” (1964), “Stripes” (1969), “Babe” (1973), “Million Dollar Baby” (1976) and “Jungle Fever” (1982).
He also wrote the musical “Winnie the Pooh,” which won an Oscar in 1962.
Paxtons wife of 46 years, Rosalie, was in Florida on vacation.
He is survived by two sons, Joe and Brian, and a daughter, Krista.
He was also survived by four grandchildren.
A memorial service for Paxton will be held at 7 p.m.
Wednesday at the University of Florida in Gainesville.