Bill Paxton 1955-2017


Amidst all of the awards season madness this weekend, there was also some sad and unexpected news to report. Bill Paxton, best known for his roles in Twister, Aliens, Apollo 13 and the HBO series Big Love (among others), passed away due to complications from surgery. Having just listened to his recent appearance on WTF, this totally caught me off guard. He was currently starring in the CBS series Training Day (he had completed work on all 13 episodes of the first season) and it would appear that his final role will be in the upcoming film The Circle. He was 61 years old.

Paxton got his start, as many people did, by working for Roger Corman (specifically as a set dresser) and rose to fame in the early ’80s with his bizarre music video “Fish Heads” and his short-lived new wave band Martini Ranch. Soon his association with James Cameron (who directed Martini Ranch’s video for “Reach”) led to a small role in The Terminator and eventually, one of his best known roles, Hudson in Aliens. He also starred in Weird Science, Near Dark and Predator 2, before going on to star in some of the biggest movies of the ’90s including Apollo 13, Twister and Titanic.

In the early 2000s, he directed a couple of films with Frailty and The Greatest Game Ever Played before starring in Big Love for the back half of the decade, earning 3 Golden Globe nominations along the way. After that his career seemed to cool off a bit but he had recently returned to the screen in some significant projects including Edge of Tomorrow, Nightcrawler and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. Either way, he had some iconic roles over the years and will most certainly be missed. What are your favourite Bill Paxton performances?

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  • Rick Schell

    Chet in Weird Science, great character!!

  • Rick Schell

    Chet from Weird Science, Great character!!! “One hundred and seventy-five dollars and zero cents, new bills crisp and clean in my wallet by 7am.”

  • TP222

    RIP Chet. :(

  • stinker

    Frailty is awesome, he will be missed.

  • Jonnie123

    I’m so sad to hear this. Such a great guy. A Simple Plan is a great film, and Frailty is a solid directorial effort. I really enjoyed his work in Nightcrawler recently. I too listened to his appearance on WTF and he came across as quite humble and genuinely respectful of Marc Maron. I’m glad we got to hear a few of his stories and learn a little more about the man before he passed. He will be missed.

  • JC

    He had all the best lines in Aliens. Gone too soon, RIP

  • 1138sw

    Very sad…it’s been a sad couple of years with some very famous icons going down…some just way to soon.

    RIP Paxton you made my childhood the best with lines like “Game Over!!!” and your work on Big love and Twister will be remembered as well. Thanks for the memories thanks for the work.

  • devolutionary

    This one’s for you Coconut Pete! See you at that Club Dredd in the sky!

  • No one important

    Bill was bloody awesome.

    He worked with so many great directors including, Jan De Bont, George P Cosmatos, James Cameron, Walter Hill, Sam Raimi, Kathryn Bigelow, Mark L Lester, Ivan Reitman and the great John Hughes.

    If you want some lesser known Paxton films to view I would recommend two films “The Vagrant” and “Tresspass” the later being directed by the awesome Walter Hill.

    Plus he had the greatest line in one of the best movies ever..

    “Game over man… Game over.”

  • bendoofus

    Terrible shame. RIP