Bill Paxton, the Golden Globe-nominated actor whose everyman persona belied a versatility and penchant for eccentric roles in a wide variety of movies and television series, died Feb. 25 after complications from heart surgery. He was 61.

Paxton is probably best known to general audiences for his work with director James Cameron; the actor scored one of his first movie parts in The Terminator, and had memorable supporting roles in Aliens (he ad-libbed his famous “Game over, man!” line in an early rehearsal) and Titanic (playing the treasure hunter whose interview with an elderly Rose provides the film’s framing device).

Born in Fort Worth, TX, Paxton was photographed in the crowd in Dallas the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. After appearing in a few Roger Corman films and The Terminator, Paxton made a memorable impression in John Hughes’ Weird Science as a bullying older sibling; in Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark as a particularly bloodthirsty vampire; and in Carl Franklin’s low-budget thriller One False Movie, as an eccentric cop.

Paxton was a big part of several major box office hits in the 1990s; in addition to Titanic, he played an astronaut in Apollo 13 and a storm chaser in Twister. Other memorable roles the dark thrillers A Simple Plan and Frailty, the later of which marked Paxton’s feature directorial debut and earned a cult following.

Most recently, Paxton’s best work could be found on television. He earned two Golden Globe nominations for his performance as the head of a polygamous family in Big Love, and earned critical acclaim for his work in the Hatfields & McCoys miniseries. He can currently be seen on the CBS police drama Training Day. He is survived by his wife and two children.

For Bill Paxton’s complete filmography on Rotten Tomatoes, click here.

Tag Cloud

Walt Disney Pictures dark hist mission: impossible news james bond PlayStation 2020 Country technology miniseries toy story rom-coms witnail Tubi finale 71st Emmy Awards SundanceTV Showtime Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TCA 2017 godzilla Premiere Dates 4/20 Disney streaming service Video Games child's play FOX lord of the rings TBS spain japan Infographic TV Land black comedy Mudbound Amazon Studios FXX die hard Mary poppins biopic Anna Paquin MSNBC Rock Hallmark dc Apple TV Plus The Academy Legendary critics Funimation Tokyo Olympics politics dreamworks Pop TV richard e. Grant MTV Red Carpet Esquire cops cartoon superman Biopics ITV Columbia Pictures monster movies crime drama 45 YouTube supernatural south america olympics USA National Geographic Exclusive Video police drama nature 2021 TCA razzies SXSW Arrowverse casting art house Lionsgate USA Network The Walking Dead revenge high school posters Trophy Talk Adult Swim Black Mirror Netflix Christmas movies facebook GoT young adult social media slasher cancelled TV shows boxoffice period drama Rom-Com classics Interview Awards Tour Peacock king kong HBO Max crime 21st Century Fox Film Festival television adenture TruTV Amazon Avengers legend worst Writers Guild of America new zealand Amazon Prime Comedy Central Best and Worst space mockumentary documentary Television Critics Association vs. Logo Wes Anderson Apple TV+ President Emmy Nominations Schedule slashers 2019 Ellie Kemper 2016 OneApp australia Character Guide sports El Rey Hallmark Christmas movies 2017 APB elevated horror Reality Competition VICE Valentine's Day Podcast Apple japanese talk show Freeform Instagram Live comic book movies Nickelodeon aliens biography adaptation Starz MCU ghosts venice Hear Us Out historical drama dogs 99% NBA Spike Grammys docudrama scene in color Polls and Games Set visit Disney Plus Black History Month quibi fast and furious cancelled TV series strong female leads VH1 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Endgame children's TV 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards kong satire rotten rt archives DGA independent Lucasfilm concert DirecTV YouTube Premium name the review Action Comics on TV hidden camera WGN latino international true crime Pacific Islander theme song political drama Trailer pirates of the caribbean Academy Awards toronto Shondaland worst movies E3 Horror movie Stephen King AMC Broadway BBC TV movies Paramount Network Extras Tomatazos natural history Marathons french Britbox hispanic heritage month docuseries San Diego Comic-Con marvel comics Drama stoner rt labs X-Men Turner marvel cinematic universe Holiday Song of Ice and Fire franchise Certified Fresh golden globes Alien scary Year in Review Superheroes Star Wars composers Pop Masterpiece prank dramedy joker Lifetime Christmas movies Netflix crime thriller Food Network anime sitcom jamie lee curtis TCA Winter 2020 Photos book vampires festivals universal monsters Epix films comiccon rt labs critics edition Watching Series RT21 Music Opinion TV One Elton John Musicals Christmas Image Comics Ovation Cosplay Discovery Channel kaiju Cannes telelvision comic book movie BET green book boxing aapi stand-up comedy Turner Classic Movies Shudder scorecard ABC Family transformers black live action IFC Films CW Seed The Witch kids Film 93rd Oscars breaking bad live event Baby Yoda serial killer war chucky crossover GIFs Western DC streaming service streaming movies Bravo Rocky Quiz archives CBS twilight Summer FX on Hulu robots NBC new york Countdown critic resources cats game of thrones HBO comics The Arrangement book adaptation Toys best cancelled television king arthur Sneak Peek Hulu 20th Century Fox trophy dceu Television Academy Sundance TV The CW golden globe awards justice league medical drama what to watch spider-verse fresh new star wars movies CMT Trivia Pet Sematary Thanksgiving feel good canceled unscripted foreign 72 Emmy Awards football TNT Pirates Comic Book 007 festival Crackle Rocketman Dark Horse Comics Musical Comedy Marvel Studios Nominations TIFF discovery disaster hispanic The Walt Disney Company rotten movies we love all-time sopranos video on demand TCM Universal Pictures GLAAD Cartoon Network Winter TV cults game show Election screenings Paramount action-comedy wonder woman CBS All Access Women's History Month tv talk diversity romantic comedy remakes psycho 1990s PaleyFest a nightmare on elm street italian 24 frames Spring TV screen actors guild ViacomCBS SDCC FX blockbuster BET Awards 90s trailers singing competition Animation Disney Channel basketball mcc 73rd Emmy Awards criterion Pride Month royal family Sundance The Purge Calendar indiana jones Mary Tyler Moore TV renewals Fantasy YouTube Red jurassic park dexter Ghostbusters Fall TV Star Trek sag awards reviews NYCC E! romance blaxploitation DC Comics mutant award winner BAFTA Marvel Television Chernobyl comedies ratings doctor who PBS based on movie Comic-Con@Home 2021 Teen documentaries Emmys genre First Reviews directors A24 cinemax IMDb TV streaming free movies See It Skip It scary movies popular BBC America ABC know your critic TCA Awards nbcuniversal canceled TV shows Disney Sci-Fi Acorn TV spinoff Winners indie leaderboard Crunchyroll Lifetime Martial Arts cancelled Creative Arts Emmys halloween IFC HBO Go halloween tv TV suspense Neflix 2018 spanish werewolf debate Tarantino Mary Poppins Returns women Family comic batman Marvel sequels renewed TV shows laika mob Heroines Fox News ID Reality psychological thriller Super Bowl Classic Film heist movie Universal travel zombie obituary First Look OWN Holidays movies binge Vudu RT History Binge Guide CNN Awards Captain marvel Paramount Plus Sundance Now blockbusters Disney+ Disney Plus LGBTQ cars ESPN versus Tumblr stop motion nfl cooking animated series A&E spider-man spanish language LGBT TLC comic books Oscars adventure superhero emmy awards gangster Pixar American Society of Cinematographers ABC Signature History parents Amazon Prime Video Fox Searchlight harry potter christmas movies Brie Larson DC Universe zombies BBC One zero dark thirty science fiction Mystery Nat Geo dragons video Fargo Warner Bros. Spectrum Originals asian-american hollywood YA Travel Channel Kids & Family AMC Plus saw WarnerMedia reboot Sony Pictures target Mindy Kaling thriller anthology Box Office deadpool 2015 VOD New York Comic Con teaser Syfy Superheroe sequel spy thriller