Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bill Paxton has died at age 61

Before Hollywood was thrown into shambles with the most shocking, disastrous ending to the Oscars in history, the town was hit by some serious tragedy on Sunday morning. Just hours before the ceremony was set to begin, news broke that Bill Paxton died at the age of 61. The Paxton family issued the following statement on his passing (via NBC News):

"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 an went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker."

It was later reported that Paxton suffered a stroke during heart surgery, which led to his terribly sad passing. At 61, Paxton was far too young. His death is profoundly tragic on so many levels.

Paxton began his career in the 1980s, with small parts in films like The Terminator, Commando, and Weird Science. His first breakout role was in 1986's Aliens, which confirmed his working relationship with James Cameron for the future. In the 1990s, Paxton went on to star in Tombstone, True Lies, and Apollo 13. Later in the decade, Paxton starred in Titanic and Twister, which became two of his more iconic roles. He made his directorial debut with Frailty in 2001, before starting a career resurgence in recent years with roles in Edge of Tomorrow and Nightcrawler. While Paxton surely had more roles on the horizon, his only posthumous performance will be in James Ponsoldt's The Circle, which hits theaters in April. I was very surprised by his passing, and even more surprised to realize just how many movies Paxton had starred in over time. He was truly prolific, and he was an integral part of so many classic movies. He was an actor who elevated every role, and he will be sorely missed in Hollywood. Rest in peace, Mr. Paxton.

Image Credit: IMDB/Paramount

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