Killed by Alien, Preda­tor, Ter­mi­na­tor

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Bill Pax­ton, the pro­lific ac­tor whose many mem­o­rable roles in­cluded an as­tro­naut in Apollo 13 and a trea­sure hunter in Ti­tanic, has died from com­pli­ca­tions of surgery. He was 61.

A fam­ily rep­re­sen­ta­tive is­sued a state­ment Sun­day on the death but pro­vided no fur­ther de­tails.

Pax­ton, a Fort Worth na­tive, ap­peared in dozens of movies and tele­vi­sion shows. As a young man, he worked in the art de­part­ment for “B” movie king Roger Cor­man, who helped launch the ca­reers of nu­mer­ous ac­tors and film­mak­ers.

Pax­ton’s movie cred­its in­cluded some of the sig­na­ture works of the past 40 years, from Ti­tanic and Apollo 13 to

The Ter­mi­na­tor and Aliens. Tele­vi­sion fans knew him for his role as the po­lyg­a­mist, with three wives who ex­pected the best from him, in the HBO se­ries Big Love, for which he re­ceived three Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions.

“Bill Pax­ton was a big-hearted, thought­ful and hon­or­able per­son,” his Big Love co-star Chloe Se­vi­gny said in a state­ment. “He al­ways had a smile on his face and could en­ter­tain any room with his won­der­ful sto­ries of his many amaz­ing years in Hol­ly­wood.”

Pax­ton was cur­rently star­ring in the CBS drama Train­ing Day, which pre­miered Feb. 2. The net­work has not yet an­nounced whether it will con­tinue to air the com­pleted episodes.

Pax­ton brought a re­li­ably hu­man di­men­sion to big-bud­get ac­tion ad­ven­tures and science fic­tion. He was, sci-fi fans like to point out, the only ac­tor killed by a Preda­tor, a Ter­mi­na­tor and an Alien.

But Pax­ton, fa­mously ge­nial and well-liked through­out Hol­ly­wood, de­fined his ca­reer less by his mar­quee sta­tus than as a char­ac­ter ac­tor whose reg­u­lar Joes ap­peared across the likes of One False Move, A Sim­ple Plan and Nightcrawler.

“I feel like I’m a re­gion­al­ist and a pop­ulist who’s never fit in among the in­tel­lec­tu­als,” he added. “I think there’s where the heart of Amer­i­can art is. My great­est roles have been in re­gional films, whether it was

One False Move or Frailty or Sim­ple Plan or Trav­eller.”

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