(We are all mourning the loss of this charismatic actor and all-around good guy, and Eric wanted to share his thoughts. Big hugs for this, Eric. You reminded me of a few I need to add to my Must View Queue. 🙂 xoxo)
I first saw Bill Paxton in The Terminator in 1984, I was 10. He was always entertaining and 100% believable in any role he played. His passing is a great loss to people that enjoyed seeing him in movies.
Here’s a collection of shots from some of his movies that I’ve seen:
We here at Kinky Horror are devastated by the loss of two legends of their fields: actor Bill Paxton and magician Daryl. We wish to take this time to honor both of these men, who both made the world a far lovelier place with their mere presence.
Known as “The Magician’s Magician,” Daryl handled cards with the consummate elegance of a surgeon. At the age of 7, his friend’s family gave him a trick deck, jump-starting a lifelong love affair with magic. Daryl started, like many young entertainers, performing on the streets and at restaurants. Soon enough, Daryl gained some considerable recognition for his unique style and fantastic skill. As a performer, Daryl has won countless awards, headlined Caesars Palace, was voted one of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century by Magic Magazine, and performed at President Bush’s inauguration. The prestigious prestidigitator was also an excellent educator. Daryl spent a large portion amount of his career giving lectures to young magicians who were hungry for knowledge. With his death, the world seems a bit less magical. Thank you for all the wonder and knowledge you’ve spread over the years, Daryl.
Horror fans, monster lovers, and even general moviegoers are all familiar with the brilliance of Bill Paxton. Mr. Paxton’s extraordinary body of work includes such classics as Aliens, The Terminator, Titanic, True Lies,Weird Science, Tombstone, and Near Dark. With his larger-than-life presence and effortless ability to steal the show with limited screentime, Bill Paxton always injected life into whatever project he graced. As Severin in Near Dark, Paxton managed to charm and disgust us at once as a remorseless monster who’s far more likable that he ought to be. His portrayal the wise-cracking Hudson remains one of the best supporting performances in any monster movie. Having meet the man on a few occasions, I can firmly state that Bill Paxton was as kind as he was talented. During a phone conversation with him, he managed to sneak in a quick “Game Over, Man.” That is certainly a chat I will remember for the rest of my days. Nominated for four Golden Globes and a Primetime Emmy, the beloved actor has made fans of critics and audiences alike. If all of that wasn’t impressive enough, Paxton is the only man to be killed by an Alien, a Predator, AND a Terminator! Thanks for everything, Mr. Paxton… you truly were the ultimate badass.