Train­ing Day

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Sea­son 1 Vuzu AMP (*103) 21:30 Ac­tion

Watch­ing Train­ing Day (2016-2017) is bit­ter­sweet. While Bill Pax­ton is tak­ing the lead as law-bend­ing de­tec­tive Frank Roarke, fans also know that he passed away in Fe­bru­ary from a stroke fol­low­ing heart surgery. Film­ing had wrapped in De­cem­ber 2016, so the late 61-yearold will ap­pear in all 13 episodes, but it also meant that the stu­dio pulled the plug and can­celled Train­ing Day be­fore the sea­son had fin­ished air­ing.

1 Bill saw Pres­i­dent John F Kennedy on the morn­ing of his as­sas­si­na­tion 22 Novem­ber 1963. There’s ac­tu­ally a photo of Bill on some­one’s shoul­ders at JFK’s ho­tel at the JFK Sixth Floor Mu­seum in Dal­las, Texas. He played the blue-haired thug in 2 1984 movie Ter­mi­na­tor, di­rected by James Cameron. In 1988, Bill talked James into direct­ing the mu­sic video for his band Mar­tini Ranch’s song Reach. 3 He leaves be­hind his sec­ond wife Louise, whom he met on a bus and mar­ried in 1987. They have two kids, 23-year-old ac­tor son James and var­si­tys­tu­dent daugh­ter Ly­dia (19). 4 Bill was a pretty fussy ac­tor and turned down big roles in his 43year ca­reer, in­clud­ing sci­en­tist Dr Ian Mal­colm (Jeff Gold­blum) in 1993’s Juras­sic Park and ad­ven­turer Alan Par­rish (Robin Wil­liams) in 1995’s Ju­manji. 5 What he didn’t mind was nu­dity on set, adding that play­ing po­lyg­a­mist Bill Hen­rick­son in drama Big Love (2006-2011) “was lib­er­at­ing” be­cause of the nude scenes, “but there is noth­ing sex­ual about love­mak­ing on set”. 6 His fa­tal surgery was to re­pair a heart valve that was dam­aged as a teen by rheumatic fever, which also forced him to use peni­cillin in­jec­tions un­til he was 19.

Bill Pax­ton had fin­ished film­ing be­fore pass­ing away.

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