I’m getting to the age where celebrities I grew up watching are passing away. It was different years ago, because I never really knew the work of geniuses like Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, or Audrey Hepburn. Yesterday, one of my very favorite actors left us.
Actor Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as “Apollo 13” and “Titanic,” has died. He was 61.
“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a family representative said. “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.”
Tombstone, Weird Science, Aliens, the highly-underrated Trespass, Edge of Tomorrow. The list goes on and on, and every one of Paxton’s performances were not on only memorable, but unforgettable.
Bill was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and interestingly, he was present outside JFK’s hotel the day he was assassinated. That’s 8-year old Bill at the center-right, on his father’s shoulders.
Someone on Twitter quipped Paxton was also one of two men to be killed by a Terminator, an Alien, and a Predator. (The other is Lance Henriksen.)
Rest in Peace, Bill. You will never know the joy you brought me lo these many years.