As Hollywood celebrates the Oscar, they are also mourning the loss of a man who was famously killed by a Terminator, a Predator and an Alien. The man happened to be actor Bill Paxton.
The Emmy-nominated actor whose four-decade career included roles in such films as Aliens, Twister and Titanic as well as TV shows Big Love and Hatsfields & McCoys, died Saturday due to complications from surgery. He was 61.”
Throughout his career, Paxton anchored a few films, portraying a tornado-chasing scientist in the box office smash Twister (1996), and a wildlife refuge director in the flop, Mighty Joe Young (1998). He’s also remembered for his roles in Apollo 13, Tombstone and James Cameron's award-winning Titanic. On the small screen, Paxton played a wife-juggling entrepreneur on Big Love, who is haunted by his upbringing in a polygamist Mormon family.
Paxton was known as “wild Bill” for his on-set pranks. He is survived by his two children, James and Lydia Paxton, and his wife Louise Newbury.
(Excerpts from Hollywood Reporter and Variety)
Bill Paxton's selected filmography: