Actor Bill Paxton of 'Aliens,' 'Twister,' 'Terminator' Dies at 61

Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 1:23PM
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Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 1:23PM
Actor Bill Paxton of 'Aliens,' 'Twister,' 'Terminator' Dies at 61
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Bill Paxton, a wide-ranging Texan actor who's stolen a scene in nearly every film he's appeared in, has passed away at 61 following complications from heart surgery.

Known mainly as a character actor, Paxton amassed a collection of memorable roles in famous movies, including the blue-haired punk rocker who faced down The Terminator, the treasure hunter in Titanic, mean older brother Chet in Weird Science, and the snarky Private Hudson in Aliens (who easily delivered the film's greatest lines, such as "Game over, man" and "Why don't you put her in charge?"). He had more prominent roles as the star of the disaster film Twister, and as astronaut Fred Haise in Apollo 13. 

Paxton received Saturn Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his work in Aliens and Apollo 13 respectively, and he received an Emmy nomination for his starring role in the History Channel series Hatfields & McCoys. He received several more nominations for HBO's Big Love, including multiple Golden Globe nominations.
 
His family issued the following statement, via Rolling Stone:
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"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery... 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." 
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Some of his most recent work included the villainous John Garrett on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and one of his final roles will be in this year's sci-fi film The Circle, acting alongside Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. And as many people have already noted, he was one of the only actors to go up against an Alien, a Predator and a Terminator.


 




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