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Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61

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Oh no! Bill Paxton  – The man who faced Aliens, the Terminator and the Predator – has died at the age of 61. Absolutely terrible news.

He reportedly suffered from complications following surgery.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Newbury, and two children.

His family 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 played a punk thug in The Terminator (1984) and a supporting role as the lead protagonist’s bullying older brother in John Hughes’ Weird Science (1985). He also appeared in Aliens (1986) as the sarcastic Private Hudson: Except for Lance Henriksen, Paxton is the only actor to play characters confronted by a Terminator (The Terminator), a Xenomorph (Aliens), and a Predator (Predator 2). Paxton worked with director James Cameron on True Lies (1994) and Titanic (1997), which was the highest-grossing film of all time at its release. Four years after appearing in Titanic, he joined James Cameron on an expedition to the actual Titanic. A film about this trip, Ghosts of the Abyss, was released in 2003.

Some of Paxton’s notable performances include playing Morgan Earp in Tombstone (1993), Fred Haise in Apollo 13 (1995), the lead role in the successful Twister (1996), lead roles in dark dramas such as One False Move (1992) and A Simple Plan (1998), and, more recently, a supporting role in Edge of Tomorrow (2014).

He directed the feature films Frailty (2001), in which he starred, and The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005). Check out Frailty if you haven’t seen it. A brilliant movie.

Paxton’s final big-screen role will be in the thriller The Circle, which is currently in post-production, alongside Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.

Bill Paxton was a legend and he will be missed.

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