Hollywood actor Bill Paxton has passed away at the age of 61. According to BBC, Paxton suffered from post-heart surgery complications and is survived by his wife and two kids.
Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have a career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. He is best known for films like “The Terminator”, “Aliens”, “Weird Science”, “Twister”, and “Titanic.”
Paxton also had an career on television. He led the cast of the popular HBO series “Big Love,” and was nominated for an Emmy for his starring role on the miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys.”
Celebrities took to social media to remember the great actor and even greater man. While mourning the actor’s passing, we thought it’d be fitting to talk about the most interesting things about the man on and off screen.
Before he was famous
Before making it as a big-time actor, Paxton earned his money doing a low paid, regular job like anyone else. His job? Paxton worked as a car park attendant.
On November 22, 1963, a young Bill Paxton, stood in the street crowds that greeted President John F. Kennedy before his infamous assassination. In the picture, he is the little boy on top.
Man of many roles
In a career spanning over 40 years, Paxton had an impressive 93 acting credits to his name. Roles such as Hudson in ‘Aliens’ as well as Brock Lovett in ‘Titanic’ made him a household name.
Paxton was commonly known amongst co-stars and friends as “Wild Bill” due to his sense of humor and elaborate pranks he would play on them.
In a typical rom-com fashion, Bill met his second wife, Louise Newbury, while riding a number 13 bus in London. They were married for 30 years and had 2 kids.
Paxton was the only one to have killed on screen by a Xenomorph, a Predator, and a Terminator. He was not the only one to have appeared in “Alien”, “Predator”, and “The Terminator” franchises though.
He was almost Tom Hanks
When the Dan Brown thrillers were being made into films, Paxton was the first choice to play Robert Langdon in “The Da Vinci Code.” It went to Tom Hanks after he turned in down for “Big Love”.