Bill Paxton: 1955 – 2017

It’s with a heavy heart we must say farewell to a beloved and most prolific actor in one Bill Paxton who died Sunday as a result of complications during heart surgery. Paxton is survived by Louise Newbury, his wife of 30 years, and children James and Lydia Paxton. The 22-year-old James recently filmed a guest-starring role on Paxton’s Training Day series.

Almost ever since I can remember, Bill Paxton has been a part of my movie-watching lifestyle. As early as the first Terminator movie he’s become a recognizable figure in Hollywood. My younger days saw me in front of the Showtime/HBO channel watching Weird Science about six thousand times and as he became known to do, absolutely stole that movie as the very unlikable but hilarious older brother, Chet.

After that he could be found in a whole slew of pictures year after year. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where his breakout role really was, but I venture that a lot of people woould argue his turn as the whiny (yet somehow badass) Private in James Cameron’s Aliens. It was not uncommon for Paxton to show up in three, four, sometimes five movies in a single year …and so many memorable performances; from Near Dark to Twister to Edge of Tomorrow and all of the wonderful stuff in between.

My stomach just sank this morning when I got the news and I think we all owe a thank you for the years of pleasure we are indebted to Mr. Paxton for. God speed sir, you will be missed deeply.

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Nathan Austin
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Sounds like I’m in the same boat as Andrew with Paxton being one of those actors you kind of grow up with and are always happy to see his name in the credits of a film you are about to watch. However good or bad the film was, if Paxton was in it he always made it better with his unique energy he brought to every role which few actors seem to possess.

devolutionary
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Early on, he also directed and acted in the video to the later-popular internet meme song “Fish Heads” by Barnes & Barnes.
https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=jdCh4ugIwyA
And let’s not forget his (IMO) underrated directorial film debut Frailty.

David Brook
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Agreed. With all the hoopla over celebrity deaths this last year or so, this proved to be one of the biggest gut-punches. Not only was he pretty young to die, he was also one of those rare actors that was always memorable in even the smallest of roles. And what a filmography. Few can match him for sheer number of beloved classics, cult or otherwise. My favourite role of his is probably Simon in True Lies. He really cracked me up in that film.

Sad times.

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