Actor Bill Paxton passes at 61

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Actor Bill Paxton has passed away at 61, due to complications while undergoing heart surgery, his family announced earlier today.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Paxton, ever since his role in Aliens as the ‘Game over man, game over!’ soldier Pvt. Hudson. Appearing in several popular films like Titanic, Twister and Apollo 13, Paxton was an instantly recognizable face. He most recently genre fans’ attentions again as a love-to-hate baddie in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. He was also nominated for an Emmy for his role in the HBO series Big Love.

His family issued the following statement with the announcement of his passing:

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

Paxton has been a beloved fan favourite actor for decades. Tributes have been flooding in from the acting world with many saying he was one of the gentlest men they had worked with.

Last Updated: February 26, 2017

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Nick Reay

I have been an avid fan of movies ever since I discovered Santa Clause wasn't real, a day marked in my memory by my first viewing of It's a Wonderful Life, which wasn't so wonderful that day. Since then I've watched thousands of movies and even fooled my parents into putting me through uni to get a degree in the subject. I first started writing as a journalist for The South African Newspaper before moving onto communications for an NGO trying to save the planet. Unfortunately my recommendations to the CEO that we should all don rings imbued with the powers of earth, fire, wind, water and HEART went unheard. Now I pretend the end isn't nigh by hiding in movies.

  • For the Emperor!

    Predator 2, Tombstone, True Lies, Edge of Tomorrow, SHIELD…

    • Captain JJ

      You forgot the most important two. Terminator, Aliens.

      • For the Emperor!

        Yeah, Aliens mentioned in article, and I cannot for the life of me remember him in Terminator? Ooooh “portrayed the blue-haired punk in The Terminator. He is the first character killed by the T-800”

        • Captain JJ

          SHIELD was also mentioned in the article. I thought he was just listing stuff. Hehe. Yea. He was that dude. XD

          • For the Emperor!

            Had to mention SHIELD, coz it’s one of my favourite rolls for him. I should start watching the series again…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            His final scene in SHIELD was hilarious.

  • MonsterCheddar

    So sad. RIP.

  • Captain JJ

    Bill is one of two people who have been killed by a Predator, Xenomorph and Terminator.

  • JWT-80

    I has a sad 🙁

  • Original Heretic

    Game over, man, game over… 🙁

  • For the Emperor!

    “Fun” fact: Bill is also one of only two actors to have been killed by a Terminator, an Alien, and a Predator, a distinction that he shares with Lance Henriksen.

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