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Monday, February 27, 2017

Remembering Bill Paxton 1955 - 2017

Actor Bill Paxton, who died Saturday at age 61, was best known for his role as polygamist Bill Henrickson in the 2006-11 HBO drama, Big Love, for which he received three Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama. He was also nominated for a 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for the miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys. Other television credits include the 1985 AIDS drama, An Early Frost, the 1986 comedy miniseries, Fresno, the 2015 miniseries, Texas Rising, and the 2017 CBS series, Training Day.

His feature film credits include Crazy Mama (1975), Stripes (1981), The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Near Dark (1987), Brain Dead (1990), Predator 2 (1990), One False Move (1992), Tombstone (1993), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), The Evening Star (1996), Titanic (1997), A Simple Plan (1998), Frailty (2001), which he also directed, and Edge of Tomorrow (2014).

He was also a singer in the 1980s new wave band, Martini Ranch. And an 8-year-old Paxton appeared in photographs of a crowd when President John F. Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas on the morning of his assassination on November 22, 1963.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Mr. Paxton's life and career.

He appeared in John Hughes' 1985 film, Weird Science, with Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Kelly Le Brock.

He starred in the 1998 film, A Simple Plan, with Billy Bob Thornton and Bridget Fonda.

He was the host of Saturday Night Live on January 9, 1999.

He starred in the 2006-11 HBO series, Big Love, which featured the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" during the opening credits of its first three seasons.

Paxton, who was a Fort Worth native, was interviewed on Good Morning, Texas, on November 6, 2015, when he returned home for the city's Lone Star Film Festival.

He and Mindy Kaling were guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden on February 2, 2017.

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