Actor Bill Paxton dead at 61

Bill Paxton was one of my favorite actors and directors. He never thought he was a great actor though and he was rather humble about his skill, but no matter how small of a role he played, he always found a way to add so much to a film. It was always the greatest treat for me as a movie-goer to get a Bill Paxton surprise appearance in a movie that I had had no idea that he was part of. I think tonight, I’m going to have to watch Tombstone again. The world has lost one of the greatest storytellers of all time today.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a family representative said in a statement. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”

Paxton, born in Forth Worth, Texas, had a long and accomplished career in television and film. Memorable films include Titanic, Aliens, The Terminator, Apollo 13, Twister and my favorite movie of his Tombstone.

You left us too soon. RIP!

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