Like many fans of horror, sci-fi, comedy, and drama, I woke up to the shocking news that actor Bill Paxton had died unexpectedly at the age of 61. His diverse filmography is a testament to Paxton’s talent and scope, as he excelled within any genre he applied himself to. The Los Angeles Times reported:
“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,” read the statement, in part. “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”
“I consider myself an everyman, and there will always be an underdog quality to my stuff,” Paxton told Cosmopolitan magazine in a 1995 interview.
Horror fans will remember him best for his turns in films like Near Dark, Aliens, and Frailty but he was never pigeon-holed into a particular genre. He was a dramatic thespian of rare talent, as illustrated in his award-winning portrayal of Bill Henrickson in the TV series Big Love. We’ve lost a truly gifted artist.
All of us here at Horror Freak News would like to send our sincerest condolences to Paxton’s fans, friends, and family. He will truly be missed.