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Bill Paxton of Aliens, Twister, Big Love and more has died at 61

02.26.2017

Well, this is just horrible news to wake up to. Bill Paxton, considered a legend for his countless memorable roles in such films as ALIENS, TOMBSTONE, TWISTER, WEIRD SCIENCE, APOLLO 13, THE TERMINATOR, FRAILTY, EDGE OF TOMORROW (and tons of others), as well as his TV work on Hatfields & McCoys, Big Love, and most recently of Training Day, has died at the age of 61 due to surgery complications. A statement from the family reads:

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. 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.”

Like many of you, I have grown up quoting Bill Paxton continuously and grown fond of his very presence in any project ("Hey, it's Bill Paxton!"). From the punk that confronts Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator to the hilariously quotable Hudson in Aliens ("Why don't you put her in charge??") to the pants-pissing faux spy in TRUE LIES to the belching frog creature in WEIRD SCIENCE to the tornado-chasing cowboy in TWISTER to the sad characters in both A SIMPLE PLAN and HBO's Big Love to his role as an Earp brother in TOMBSTONE and to his Emmy winning role in Hatfields & McCoys, Paxton has been a staple character and lead actor from the beginning. His crazy cool charisma coupled with a vulnerable sensitivity will be deeply missed and highly celebrated, as he's left a legacy of tremendous performances in his wake, no matter how big or small.

"That's it, man. Game over, man. Game over! What the fuck are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?"

We're gonna miss you, Bill.

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1:47PM on 02/27/2017
Great and underrated actor. He was gone too soon. RIP Bill Paxton


FYI - he was nominated for Hatfields & McCoys, but didn't win (he lost to his costar Kevin Costner).
Great and underrated actor. He was gone too soon. RIP Bill Paxton


FYI - he was nominated for Hatfields & McCoys, but didn't win (he lost to his costar Kevin Costner).
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7:53AM on 02/27/2017

Loved this guy, he'll be missed

"Ass like a ten year old boy! "
"Ass like a ten year old boy! "
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2:27AM on 02/27/2017
Hail Hydra.
Hail Hydra.
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8:21PM on 02/26/2017

RIP, MAN

First time I saw him was in Weird Science, but I've always remember him from Aliens, especially when he went butt-crazy killing them --- A great action and compelling actor on the screen!
First time I saw him was in Weird Science, but I've always remember him from Aliens, especially when he went butt-crazy killing them --- A great action and compelling actor on the screen!
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7:36PM on 02/26/2017

This really sucks

So sad to hear this i was a huge fane gone to soon god bles RIP
So sad to hear this i was a huge fane gone to soon god bles RIP
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7:16PM on 02/26/2017
I woke up to see this news and it just makes me sad. May you rest in peace, Mr. Paxton. You gone too soon. RIP.
I woke up to see this news and it just makes me sad. May you rest in peace, Mr. Paxton. You gone too soon. RIP.
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6:14PM on 02/26/2017

RIP Bill

All the memories came crashing back. Just a great actor. RIP Bill.
All the memories came crashing back. Just a great actor. RIP Bill.
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5:39PM on 02/26/2017
My childhood hero. Even my Xbox and Playstation Gamertags are named after him Pfc Hudson. What a punch to the gut. RIP Bill. You truly were and still are one of the greats.
My childhood hero. Even my Xbox and Playstation Gamertags are named after him Pfc Hudson. What a punch to the gut. RIP Bill. You truly were and still are one of the greats.
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5:31PM on 02/26/2017
A great actor, a great director and most of all a very nice likeable man. He will be missed. Rest in peace.
A great actor, a great director and most of all a very nice likeable man. He will be missed. Rest in peace.
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5:31PM on 02/26/2017

No, just no

Grown up with his work, coolest guy a nerdy kid could look up to. RIP
Grown up with his work, coolest guy a nerdy kid could look up to. RIP
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4:50PM on 02/26/2017

Damn

I thought it was a prank at first. Then, it wasn't. And I got really sad.
I thought it was a prank at first. Then, it wasn't. And I got really sad.
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3:05PM on 02/26/2017

RIP

His filmography speaks for itself, So many great films.. And to be killed by an Alien, Predator, and a Terminator made him one of a kind. Smash a load of his films over the next couple of weeks I will....
His filmography speaks for itself, So many great films.. And to be killed by an Alien, Predator, and a Terminator made him one of a kind. Smash a load of his films over the next couple of weeks I will....
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2:39PM on 02/26/2017
Crushing, unexpected news. I've known him so long I can't remember not knowing who he was. Guy was awesome. RIP me. Paxton. You will be sorely missed.
Crushing, unexpected news. I've known him so long I can't remember not knowing who he was. Guy was awesome. RIP me. Paxton. You will be sorely missed.
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2:01PM on 02/26/2017

RiP

When i saw the new news on FB, i wanted it to be bad joke. I rushed to Joblo to confirm it. Truly a sad news!! This hits me as hard as Paul Walker, Heath and Yelchin. What a huge star and precense in my opinion. A true pro who could do anything! He could bring warmth, humor to any role.. he coukd be scary as a bad guy. My favorite recent role would have to be Master Sargeant Farrel in Edge of Tomorrw... He is gonna be deeply missed!! Rest In Peace!!
When i saw the new news on FB, i wanted it to be bad joke. I rushed to Joblo to confirm it. Truly a sad news!! This hits me as hard as Paul Walker, Heath and Yelchin. What a huge star and precense in my opinion. A true pro who could do anything! He could bring warmth, humor to any role.. he coukd be scary as a bad guy. My favorite recent role would have to be Master Sargeant Farrel in Edge of Tomorrw... He is gonna be deeply missed!! Rest In Peace!!
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1:36PM on 02/26/2017
Genuinely seemed like one of Hollywoods nice guys - and one of my favourite actors. I love Twister, perfect Sunday afternoon film and his little cameo at the Theme park in Florida is so cool, I loved him in Aliens and seeing that concept art from Blomkamp just made me hope we might have seen him again but not to be

RIP Mr Paxton
Genuinely seemed like one of Hollywoods nice guys - and one of my favourite actors. I love Twister, perfect Sunday afternoon film and his little cameo at the Theme park in Florida is so cool, I loved him in Aliens and seeing that concept art from Blomkamp just made me hope we might have seen him again but not to be

RIP Mr Paxton
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1:34PM on 02/26/2017
I was wholly unprepared for this news. Dude seemed as busy as ever with Mean Dreams, The Circle, and his new TV show coming up. It's near impossible for me to choose a favorite role of his. Like, for instance I only JUST remembered Near Dark and One False Move. Paxton is one of those guys whose imprint on film, and my life, is larger than I realize. A Simple Plan is the movie I probably revisit the most. RIP Bill.
I was wholly unprepared for this news. Dude seemed as busy as ever with Mean Dreams, The Circle, and his new TV show coming up. It's near impossible for me to choose a favorite role of his. Like, for instance I only JUST remembered Near Dark and One False Move. Paxton is one of those guys whose imprint on film, and my life, is larger than I realize. A Simple Plan is the movie I probably revisit the most. RIP Bill.
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1:14PM on 02/26/2017
I'm sure one of the presenters tonight at the Oscars is going to acknowledge his passing. I hope so. R.I.P. Bill. He always knew how to steal a scene. Loved him in Near Dark, Frailty, Aliens, True Lies, and the more recent Edge of Tomorrow.
I'm sure one of the presenters tonight at the Oscars is going to acknowledge his passing. I hope so. R.I.P. Bill. He always knew how to steal a scene. Loved him in Near Dark, Frailty, Aliens, True Lies, and the more recent Edge of Tomorrow.
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1:03PM on 02/26/2017
RIP Bill.
RIP Bill.
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12:58PM on 02/26/2017

RIP

RIP Bill. So many fantastic movies he was a part of. Some of you may remember he directed the really underrated Frailty starring Matthew McConauhey and himself. Gone way too soon!
RIP Bill. So many fantastic movies he was a part of. Some of you may remember he directed the really underrated Frailty starring Matthew McConauhey and himself. Gone way too soon!
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12:40PM on 02/26/2017
My sister and I are in our mid-30's and still quote his lines as Chet from Weird Science to this day. Horrible, horrible day. R.I.P. Mr. Paxton.
My sister and I are in our mid-30's and still quote his lines as Chet from Weird Science to this day. Horrible, horrible day. R.I.P. Mr. Paxton.
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12:37PM on 02/26/2017
This guy is in so many of my favorite movies. His role in Frailty was probably my favorite of his. Thank you Bill.
This guy is in so many of my favorite movies. His role in Frailty was probably my favorite of his. Thank you Bill.
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12:33PM on 02/26/2017

Hey, maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!

True. He will be missed. Paxton has always be one of my favorite actors. RIP.
True. He will be missed. Paxton has always be one of my favorite actors. RIP.
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12:20PM on 02/26/2017
RIP Bill. You will be missed.
RIP Bill. You will be missed.
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12:07PM on 02/26/2017

Very upsetting

It's NOT game over, man! It's not game over. Rest in peace, Private Hudson. That's two Alien series alums who have passed this year. Bill Paxton and John Hurt are missed already.
It's NOT game over, man! It's not game over. Rest in peace, Private Hudson. That's two Alien series alums who have passed this year. Bill Paxton and John Hurt are missed already.
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11:35AM on 02/26/2017
Worst news ever.Ugh :( This one hitting hard. One of the greats.RIP
Worst news ever.Ugh :( This one hitting hard. One of the greats.RIP
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