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Bill Paxton 1955 – 2017

February 28, 2017


It was with great sadness I learnt yesterday of the shock passing of one of my favourite actors Bill Paxton. Best remembered for his scene-stealing role as the gung-ho but cowardly Private Hudson in Aliens (providing pitch-perfect delivery of some of the most quotable lines ever) – Bill first came to my attention as the goofy gap-toothed bartender Clyde – punched out by Amy Madigan – in Streets of Fire in 1984. Other notable roles of Bill’s include the gleefully sadistic nocturnal predator Severen in Near Dark, the clueless lothario conman wannabe Simon in True Lies and the rancid chicken-eating ‘human cockroach’ Gus in The Dark Backward.

Although Bill’s impressive body of work will continue to be revisited and enjoyed in years to come, it still saddens me we will never see another new performance from this talented and much appreciated actor. By all accounts Bill was genuinely loved     by all who knew him. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.


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  1. Mark permalink

    A true genre fav’. RIP Bill Paxton.

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