Wednesday, 1 March 2017

In Memory of Bill Paxton (1955-2017)

Bill Paxton (1955-2017)

For those of you who remember his name in each of his films, I'm very sad to announce that Bill Paxton, the known frequent collaborator of Director James Cameron and star of 'Aliens', 'Twister', 'Apollo 13', 'Titanic' and 'True Lies' has passed away, due to surgical complications at the age of 61 on February 25th 2017.

Paxton first started acting in 1975 where he was seen in minor roles like 'Stripes' and 'The Terminator'. The latter being his first movie that he worked with Director James Cameron while portraying a thug. He became more well known as an actor as he was cast in more prominent supporting roles. 'Weird Science' was one of them where he plays a bully sibling of the main character. It was his breakthrough role as Private Hudson in 'Aliens' that got him to his peak of stardom. Starring opposite Sigourney Weaver and fellow 'Terminator' co-stars Lance Henriksen and Michael Biehn, Paxton improvised some of the character's dialogue in the film including "Game over, man". Eventually Paxton continued to do full-time work as an actor in other collaborations with James Cameron like 'True Lies' and 'Titanic' and lead and ensemble roles including 'One False Move', 'Apollo 13', 'Twister', 'Mighty Joe Young', 'A Simple Plan', 'U-571, 'Vertical Limit', 'Thunderbirds', 'Edge of Tomorrow' and much more. He even featured himself and narrated James Cameron's documentary that was released in IMAX theatres named 'Ghosts of the Abyss'.

In addition to acting, Bill Paxton was a Director of a few movies like 'Fraility' (which he also starred) and 'The Greatest Game Ever Played'. He also did television work where he made guest appearances in shows like 'Miami Vice', 'The Hitchhiker', 'Tales from the Crypt' and 'Frasier' before he went into lead and recurring roles in 'Big Love', 'Hatfields and McCoys' and 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' 

At the time of his death, he had finished work on his current television series based on a film of 'Training Day' and the upcoming film 'The Circle'. 

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