The big brother who was annoying in “Weird Science”, The storm chaser in “Twister”, the wannabe spy exposed in “True Lies” and the husband who was a polygamist in the HBO hit series “Big Love” are just a few of my favorite performances by Bill Paxton.
Each one is unique, infused with humor and charm that made audiences worldwide fall in love with this actor. His most recent role was as a dirty cop in the new CBS drama “Training Day”.
The beloved actor died Saturday following complications from surgery. He was 61.
“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.”
“Bill Paxton was notoriously one of the nicest people in the industry. He also gave us some of the all-time most iconic movie moments,” Jordan Peele tweeted of the actor.
Several of Paxton’s co-stars also remembered the actor. Cary Elwes, who appeared as Paxton’s tornado-chasing adversary in Twister, tweeted, “Very sad to hear about Bill Paxton. His talent, enthusiasm and energy were unique.”
Paxton won an Emmy for his role in the History Channel mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys” with Kevin Costner. His talent, enthusiasm and presence on-screen will be sorely missed. RIP Bill Paxton