Bill Paxton died on Saturday, leaving behind a four-decades-long career in entertainment.
Whether you remember Paxton as the aggressive older brother who becomes a pile of oleaginous crap in “Weird Science” or the trepidacious Private Hudson in “Aliens,” the actor undoubtedly was someone who made you smile.
His long history in film began in comedy before taking a long leap between genres to become an action star.
In the beginning, he took a small role in the military comedy “Stripes” then sharpened his teeth in James Cameron’s sci-fi epic “The Terminator,” before Cameron cast him in “Aliens” and eventually mega-blockbuster “Titanic.”
He directed the horror movie “Frailty,” an unsettling exploration into religious fanaticism and bloodshed. Critics applauded his skills behind the camera as much as they did in front of it.
His final movie, “The Circle” is in post-production which is scheduled to be released this April.
Paxton’s family broke the news of his passing after he suffered some complications from surgery on Saturday.
“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery.” They said in a statement. “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”
Bill Paxton 1955-2017.