Bill Paxton passed away yesterday due to complications from surgery, according to TMZ. He was 61.
Depending on your age, Paxton was best known for his role as the bullying older brother in Weird Science in the 1980s, his role in the 80s and 90s action movies Aliens, Predator, True Lies, or Twister, or more recently, his starring role in HBO’s Big Love. He also starred in History Channel’s miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, for which he was nominated for an Emmy, and he was currently starring in CBS’s Training Day.
He may be best known for his action films (or Apollo 13), but I have a lot of fondness for his roles as Morgan Earp in Tombstone, Carl Franklin’s One False Move (written by Billy Bob Thornton) and one of my favorite films of the 90s, the Coen-esque noir A Simple Plan, but it is Weird Science that I’ll remember most.
One interesting, little known note about Paxton is that Paxton — who was in James Cameron’s Terminator, Titanic, and True Lies — was also in a rock band in the 1980s, Martini Ranch, which had a music video directed by Cameron.
Paxton is survived by his wife, Louise Newbury, and two children.
Paxton was an incredibly talented, well-liked actor, and he will be missed.