Bill Paxton: 1955-2017

We've lost the great Bill Paxton, at the age of just 61...

Don’t even know where to start. Perhaps with the basics: the brilliant Bill Paxton has died, his family has confirmed. He was just 61 years old.

Paxton passed away following complications from surgery. He leaves behind a body of work that’s as broad as it is brilliant. Inevitably, we gravitate towards his roles in Aliens and The Terminator (he was one of the few who could time after time stand the rigors of a James Cameron production, and come out eager for the next), but Paxton’s resume is full of favourites. Twister, Trespass, and Big Love, for instance. Plus his character work in the likes of Apollo 13, Tombstone, Predator 2, Near Dark, and Edge Of Tomorrow is memorable too. As too is how hugely underrated directorial debut, Frailty.

Just picking them out feels a little odd, as he made so many favorites. But also, he gave every impression of being a thoroughly decent human being too.

His work, thankfully, will live on (his final two movies – Mean Dreams and The Circle are in post-production), and there’s so much of it to enjoy. But heck: this is horrible news. Our thoughts are very much with his family and friends.

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A family statement reads: “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.”

We’ve lost another special one. Rest in peace, sir.