William “Bill” Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017) was an American actor and director.Hollywood actor Bill Paxton dies at 61
Paxton was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Mary Lou (née Gray) and John Lane Paxton. His father was a businessman, lumber wholesaler, museum executive, and occasional actor. His mother was Roman Catholic, and he and his siblings were raised in her faith. Paxton was in the crowd when President John F. Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas on the morning of his assassination on November 22, 1963. Photographs of an 8-year-old Paxton being lifted above the crowd are on display at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas.
Among Paxton’s earliest roles were a minor role as a punk thug in The Terminator (1984), a supporting role as the lead protagonist’s bullying older brother Chet in John Hughes‘ Weird Science (1985), and Private Hudson in Aliens (1986). Paxton worked with directorJames Cameron on True Lies (1994) and Titanic (1997), which was the highest-grossing film of all time at its release.
A film about this trip, Ghosts of the Abyss, was released in 2003. In his other roles, Paxton played Morgan Earp in Tombstone (1993), Fred Haise in Apollo 13 (1995), the lead in Twister (1996), and 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).
Paxton also received good reviews for his performance in theHistory Channel‘s miniseries Hatfields & McCoys (2012), for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, alongside co-star Kevin Costner. He directed several short films, including the music video for Barnes & Barnes‘ novelty song “Fish Heads“, which aired during Saturday Night Live‘s low-rated 1980–1981 season. He directed the feature films Frailty (2001), in which he starred, and The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005).
He was cast in a music video for the 1982 Pat Benatar song “Shadows of the Night“, in which he appeared as a Nazi radio officer. He appears in the music video for Limp Bizkit‘s 2003 song “Eat You Alive” as a sherrif.
In 2014, he played the role of the villainous John Garrett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He stars alongside Jon Bernthal, Rose McGowan, and John Malkovich as a playable character in the 2014 video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (downloadable “Exo Zombies” mode).
In February 2016, Paxton was cast as Detective Frank Roarke for Training Day, a crime-thriller television series set 15 years after the events of the eponymous 2001 movie; it premiered a year later.
The duo released its only full length album, Holy Cow, in 1988 on Sire Records. The album was produced by Devo member Bob Casale and featured guest appearances by other members of that band. The music video for the band’s single “Reach” was directed by James Cameron.
“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.”