Hollywood, on the night of its greatest event, was rocked by the death of famed actor Bill Paxton. While it was revealed that the actor, 61, passed away from complications after heart surgery.
Paxton was known for his iconic roles in Weird Science, Twister, and Aliens. However, he started in the industry working in the art department before his prolific acting career began.
Bill Paxton was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. At the age of 8, he went to Dallas to see then President John F. Kennedy on what would be the day of the President’s assassination. He would later start up what would be his career in the film industry, beginning with the art department and then, in 1984, his first role came up.
He was seen as one of the punk thugs whose clothes were demanded by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator. A year later, one of his best known roles would come in the form of family bully Chet Donnelly in Weird Science. Who could ever forget the famous line, “How would you like a nice greasy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray?” Or the result of all his misgivings when he is transformed into a nasty wart-like monster?
Paxton would continue taking role after role with much ease with his next iconic role coming in the 1996 smash hit Twister, in which he would play storm chaser Bill Harding. He would continue success as an actor and delved into filmmaking as well as it was his dream to not just act, but direct. In 2001, after directing a short film, he got to direct the horror film Frailty (which he also co-starred) followed by the sports drama The Greatest Game Ever Played.
Paxton was starring in the TV series version of the hit action-drama Training Day at the time of his death. Paxton is survived by wife Louise and children James and Lydia.
World Film Geek sends its condolences to the family of Bill Paxton. As a final tribute, we meet Paxton as Chet in 1985’s Weird Science from MovieClips:
Rest in Peace, Bill Paxton.