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Actor Bill Paxton Dies Aged 61

Only a few weeks ago, we lost veteran actor Sir John Hurt and yesterday we lost another great actor from the series. ‘Aliens’ actor Bill Paxton has died February 25th, aged 61 after complications resulting from surgery. Bill was currently starring in the crime-thriller TV series Training Day which just started earlier this month on CBS. His family released this statement moments ago:

“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.”

 Actor Bill Paxton Dies Aged 61

Bill Paxton as Private Hudson in Aliens

Bill has starred in so many movies over the years including Twister, Weird Science and most recently Edge of Tomorrow. He particularly collaborated with James Cameron and had minor appearances in Terminator and Titanic but he will be best remembered in this community for playing wise-cracking colonial marine Private Hudson in James Cameron’s Aliens as well as detective Jerry Lambert in Predator 2. Some of the most memorable and funny lines from Aliens was said by Private Hudson. He, along with Lance Henriksen, are the only actors to have been killed by an Alien, a Predator and a Terminator on screen. Bill leaves behind two children along with his second wife at the time of his death.

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  1. Kimo
    Cheers guys much appreciated.

    I just notice I put in my last post "one of my favourite childhood actors also died." I was meaning to say, one of my favourite actors from my childhood. Dam predicted text on my phone.

  2. Kimo
    My sister tragically passed away around the same time  Bill Paxton did. It was hard trying to escape reality by going on AVP Galaxy to escape my sister's sudden death.. However within 24hours of my sister passing away I suddenly find out one of my favourite childhood actor's also died.. :( RIP Bill Paxton.

    Man talk about having a shitty week. :( Btw I am not looking for any sympathy I just find it surreal how life can kick you up the arse when you are not expecting it.

    At least the new trailer has put a tiny smile on my face.
  3. Kailem
    I was on my way back home from an internet-free weekend away and checking my friend's phone for some music when I randomly saw the news on a Google search and dismissed it as obviously not real. Then I got home and found out it was. :(

    I know it's always surprising when a celebrity you've "known" for years dies, but this one really did come out of the blue. He was always one of those people I liked seeing in anything he was in, and was happy when he'd pop up out of nowhere in something I was watching, like Edge of Tomorrow recently. Of course Hudson will pretty much always be his most famous role, but he was great in many other things too. I always thought A Simple Plan was a very underrated film, and he completely carried that whole thing.

    And he always seemed like such a nice guy in real life, always going out of his way to give a "game over, man!" to an appreciative convention crowd with only good things to say about his fellow actors and movie makers. Really sucky news indeed.

    Thanks for all your great work over many years and many movies, Mr Paxton. You will be missed.
  4. Bio Mech Hunter
    I can't believe it... I'm still reeling from the news. We just loss Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and John Hurt. Now Bill Paxton? This doesn't seem real. Bill was an amazing actor and such an awesome individual. He will be sorely missed. :'(
  5. Hudson
    Man. It's Monday. He's still gone...

    I haven't really put my thoughts into articulate words yet. I think I'm mostly distraught because Aliens has been my favorite film for my entire life, for different reasons over the years. He played my favorite character. The movie has profoundly influenced the trajectory of my life, to the point that it would be stupid to say that enlisting in the real-life US Marines wasn't in part a result of my obsession with the film, and his role featured prominently means that he has been a part of that. I suppose, Paxton being 61 and me being 28 meant that there was always a chance that my life would outlast his in terms of the year we died. I'm just so shocked that I got to spend less than 30 years of my life watching the path his career took. The dude was a master, a true craftsman to observe in the same way that I think Gary Oldman and Johnny Depp have been. The man could transform himself from one role to another. It's amazing to watch the same guy as Chet and then as astronaut Fred Haise. I should've been more diligent about making it to a convention that he appeared at. I feel like looking back I made excuses to avoid it. I could've met him. I should have tried at least.

    I wish I would've been a closer fan in terms of seeing everything he's been in over the years, because now all the catching up I have to do on seeing all of his different appearances have a depressing overtone. I think I'm looking forward to watching Big Love for the first time and also One False Move, which I haven't seen yet. But I'm happy to have seen him pop up in Commando or The Terminator, or Titanic and I've always been a fan of Twister, Predator 2, True Lies, and Apollo 13 among other roles. I thought he was good in Nightcrawler and I recently saw Near Dark for the first time a few years back, perhaps as recently as four years ago for the first time. Classic. And always Aliens.
  6. LastSurvivor92
    Bill was a freakin LEGEND! It's so sad that I just saw Aliens in the theater a little over a month ago. He was the gift that kept on giving. I really am going to miss him dearly. All the movies and games that He was in will never be the same.
    :'( :'( :'(
  7. Timmay
    Devastated.  This man was a national treasure.  I can't imagine what it would have been like growing up in the 80s and 90s without Mr. Paxton.
  8. VanXant
    wonder what Lance has to say, they were great friends and i always think of the two together a la Near Dark.

    Bill's resume was staggeringly impressive, i loved more lesser-known stuff like The Dark Backward and The Vagrant, he had such an amazing full-on comic talent as was as for just the one-liners. even in small roles like Haywire, he was great.
  9. HuDaFuK
    Not sure I've seen anyone mention the completely overlooked One False Move in this thread yet. Great starring turn from Bill, excellent film that's been forgotten over the years, and well worth a watch.
  10. 7Xenos


    Every Alien flick has had one or more comic relief character and I have got to believe Paxton was the best of all of them.

    I knew he was getting short, but that was just too damn short.

    I loved the way he redeemed himself, for being such a blow hard coward earlier, during  his classic  death scene in A2.

  11. SuicideDoors
    61 is so young. Devestating :( he seemed like such a top top top bloke, only evidenced by the flood of tributes.

    I'll always remember him warmly from Twister, proper childhood memories.

    And Hudson, simply the best.

    Much love Bill.
  12. Jango1201
    He was my favorite in Aliens. Ironic he died on my birthday... I loved him as an actor in the many movies I loved to see him in. I honestly don't think I can have another birthday and not think of his passing. RIP you ultimate badass.
  13. windebieste
    Lance Henriksen has played characters that were killed by a Terminator and a Predator.

    Technically, Bishop is an android and cannot be killed, as is in evidence when Bishop survived being torn apart by the Queen.

    Ultimately, Bishop 'died' when Ripley 'pulled the plug' on him.

    So no, Bishop was not 'killed' by an Alien.  Just Predator and a Terminator.

    [EDiT]:  What a shitty start to the year this has been. 

  14. genocyber
    Quote from: FiorinaFury161 on Feb 27, 2017, 04:44:11 AM
    Don't think anyone posted this yet...
    Not so fast there.
  15. State of the Badass Art
    Bill Paxton's acting performances were always top-notch. His role as Hudson in Aliens was really great, including his memorable one-liners, some of which he improvised on the set in a perfect way. It's very sad when such great and talented actors pass away.

    Rest in Peace Bill.
  16. Scorpio
    He looked good at the Aliens reunion.  Looked way younger than 60.

    Surgery is brutal, man.  They literally tear you open, rip your guts out and sew you back up again.  Then you're in pain for weeks.  Never mind potential complications.
  17. Chris!(($$))!
    I woke up this morning, opened up an app on my phone that I usually use to get some funny pictures for a quick laugh. And there it was at the top screen... "RIP Bill Paxton"

    What a goddamn shame. First John Hurt and now Bill Paxton... I hope they put a "In memory of" at the end of Covenant... for both of them.

    Quote from: FiorinaFury161 on Feb 27, 2017, 12:28:31 AM
    He's on an express elevator to heaven, goin' up.

    I was gonna make a similar comment... Rest in Peace Bill Paxton, the game might be over but you finished in the lead.
  18. Perfect-Organism
    Quote from: PRJ_since1990 on Feb 26, 2017, 04:30:22 PM
    Terrible news. I was very fortunate to meet him last year at Comicpalooza in Texas for the 30th Anniversary of Aliens. Looking back, he was vibrant and sharp, not so different than the roles he played. Watching him reunite with Michael Biehn and watching them embrace, share stories and play catch up while I waited for an autograph (as they're booths were adjacent) was one of the coolest actors-in-real-life moments I have ever experienced.

    May this be a solemn reminder to not shrug off time with loved ones or taked the things we have for granted. We never know when our time here is up, so make the most of it. Find your higher calling, never say never, and live like your loved.

    Well said...  Important to spend some time with loved ones.  Never know when the end comes..
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