Sunday, 26 February 2017

OBIT - BILL PAXTON


It is with much sadness that I write an obituary today to the late Bill Paxton. The actor, director and SAG award winner died yesterday, the 25th of February 2016, due to complications after receiving surgery for an undisclosed reason. A charismatic and affable performer, Paxton was known for his charm and good looks, and was a mainstay of big budget genre filmmaking through the 1980s and '90s. He worked with major directors such as James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow and Ron Howard before moving into directing himself in the '00s. With roles in The Terminator, Weird Science, Aliens, Near Dark, One False Move, Apollo 13, Twister, Titanic, A Simple Plan and Edge of Tomorrow more recently, he leaves behind a legacy of faultless performances in popular films. Dying at a mere 61 years of age, however, there's no doubt that Paxton's contribution to cinema is one of which we all wish we could have seen so much more going forward. He is survived by his widow, Louise, and his children Lydia and James Paxton, the latter of whom is also an actor.