Actor Bill Paxton of 'Aliens,' 'Twister,' 'Terminator' Dies at 61
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.
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.
Bill Paxton could play any role, but he was best at being Bill - a great human being with a huge heart. My thoughts are with his family.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) February 26, 2017
My fave thing about Bill Paxton was he saw his wife Louise on a London bus 30 yrs ago & never let her go. Everyone loved Bill. pic.twitter.com/xJESxj6OpX— Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man... Hanx.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 26, 2017