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In Remembrance of Bill Paxton

In Remembrance of Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton was a tough loss… He will forever be a cinema icon.
I am honored to be given the opportunity to write about the life and career of Bill Paxton and to say some final words in remembrance of one of my favorite actor/directors.
Born on this day in 1955 and raised a good ol’ boy in Fort Worth, Texas, Bill first wanted to make movies but not necessarily star in them. His desire was reinforced by his father who supported his children’s imaginative and artistic spirit.
After graduating high school, he and a friend studied abroad at the private University of Richmond College in England. When they returned to Texas, they began making Super8 films with another friend they had met while away at school.
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In 1974, Bill decided to make the move to Los Angeles and work his way into the film industry. With the help of a friend of his father, he got his first job as a production assistant. He later worked in the art department as a set dresser on super low-budget films for Roger Corman, which is where he first met and became friends with James Cameron.
At the age of 21, he moved to New York and enrolled at NYC in order to study under famous acting teacher Stella Adler. He completed 2 years, but never earned his degree. He returned to L.A. in the pursuit of putting all he had learned to work for him, and he has said that he didn’t think he needed a degree to do that.
In the 1980s, Bill was steadily getting small roles, some of which were in some important cult classic films, such as the blue haired punk in the opening of The Terminator (1984) and the biker vampire Severen in Near Dark (1987). In 1986, he met, fell in love with, and, less than a year later, married his wife and mother of his two children, Louise Newbury.
Regardless how small the role, Bill always left an impression. The first movie role he really stood out in for me was as the tyrant older brother with the goofy laugh, Chet Donnelly in Weird Science (1985). Even though we hated that guy, we still couldn’t help but like him. One of his most memorable character roles is the young and cocky marine with the witty one liners, PFC William L. Hudson, in Aliens (1986). He also played the role of Patrick Swayze’s brother, whose death is avenged in Next of Kin (1989).
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In the 1990s, Paxton continued to steadily get acting roles. He teamed up with the other Bill, Bill Pullman, in the twisted horror sci-fi film Brain Dead (1990) and played LAPD detective Lambert in Predator 2 (1990). Another memorable character, though maybe not as well known as others is Graham Krakowski, the young up and coming professional who is framed for murder by a crazed squatter in the hilarious horror comedy The Vagrant (1992).
In 1993, Bill Paxton had finally risen to well deserved fame co-starring along side Sam Elliot, Kurt Russell, and Val Kilmer as Morgan, Wyatt Earp’s younger brother, in Tombstone.
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Throughout the 1990s, he continued to work alongside some of the most iconic actors of our time and under the direction of some of the best in the business in films like True Lies (1994) opposite Jamie Lee Curtis and, once again, Arnold Schwarzenegger. And directed by longtime friend James Cameron. The Academy Award-nominated Ron Howard film Apollo 13 (1995) co-starring Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon in which he was nominated and won a SAG award and One of my personal favorites, the natural disaster thriller Twister (1996) He worked again with friend James Cameron on Titanic (1997) and starred opposite Billy Bob Thorton in A Simple Plan (1998), with whom he also co-starred in his first starring role back in 1991s One False Move. Paxton received his first Golden Globe nomination in 1999 for his work in the HBO miniseries A Bright Shinning Lie (1998).
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In 2001, Paxton directed his first feature film Frailty in which he co-starred with Matthew McConaughey and Powers Booth. Rightfully he was nominated and won the 2003 Filmmaker’s Showcase Award. A few years later he directed his second feature, Disney’s biographical film The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) starring Shia Lebouf.
Between his two directorial debuts, Bill Paxton played the free loving musician/ resort owner, Coconut Pete in the Broken Lizard slasher comedy Club Dread (2004).
In the last decade of his life, Bill seemed to only take on more serious roles, starring in the HBO series Big Love in which he portrayed a Utahan polygamist and which explored his relationships with his multiple wives. He received three Golden Globe nominations for that role.
In 2012, Bill won a well-deserved, SAG award for his role as Randall McCoy in the History Channel’s miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. He continued to stay busy with several film projects throughout the next seven years, including the horror sci-fi The Colony (2013).
He had a substantial supporting role as crooked ex-black ops CIA agent Earl in the Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlburg action comedy 2 Guns (2013). Paxton always did play a good bad guy.
He had a recurring role on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. as a vengeful member of Hydra, John Garrett, and he played Joe Loder, Louis Blooms’ (Jake Gyllenhaal) main competitor in the pursuit of gruesome accident/crime scene footage, in Nightcrawler (2014).
Bill did a superb job of portraying Sam Houston in History Channel’s miniseries about the Texas revolution, Texas Rising, alongside Jeffery Dean Morgan, Chistopher McDonald, Ray Liotta, and many others.
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In 2016, he co-starred as crooked cop Det. Keenan in Term Life opposite Vince Vaughn and Mike Epps as well as another crooked cop and abusive father Wayne Carraway in Mean Dreams.
At the time of his death, Paxton had completed filming 13 episodes of the CBS spinoff of the 2001 film Training Day. He even got to work alongside his son James in an episode of the series.
Looking back at his life and works actually makes saying farewell to this beloved actor even more bittersweet. Laughter and a few tears went into this article, and I think that’s fitting for a man like Bill Paxton who, by all accounts, was a friendly, and joyous person in life and seamlessly and fearlessly let that, as well as everything else he was or was just pretending to be, get absorbed by the cameras for his fans to enjoy. Thank you for the many years of entertainment that will continue.
RIP, sir.
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May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017
Posted by Tabitha Harvey in EDITORIALS, HORROR HEROES, OBITUARY, 2 comments
History of Horror in November

History of Horror in November

By Woofer McWooferson
Join House of Tortured Souls as we celebrate significant dates in the history of horror in November. Click on thumbnails for full images.

November 1 – 7

11/01/1985 – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge released theatrically
A Nightmare on Elm Street / Fair use doctrine.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night / Fair use doctrine.
11/01/1997 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in the European Union
11/01/2000 – Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem released on the Nintendo GameCube in the European Union
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem / Fair use doctrine.
28 Days Later / Fair use doctrine.
11/01/2002 – 28 Days Later released theatrically in the United Kingdom
11/02/1990 – Jacob’s Ladder released theatrically
Jacob's Ladder / Fair use doctrine.
Carrie / Fair use doctrine.
11/03/1976 – Carrie released theatrically
11/03/1946-Tom Savini pioneer F/X artist born
Tom Savini / Image: IMDb
The Snake Pit / Fair use doctrine.
11/04/1948 – The Snake Pit released theatrically
11/05/1943 – Son of Dracula (1943) released theatrically
Son of Dracula / Fair use doctrine.
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness / Fair use doctrine.
11/05/2006 – Castlevania: Curse of Darkness released on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in North America
11/06/1931 – Mike Nichols (director of Wolf) born
Mike Nichols / Photo by Steve Granitz - © - Image courtesy
Thandie Newton / Photo by George Pimentel/
11/06/1972 – Thandie Newton (actress in Interview with the Vampire) born
11/06/1972 – Rebecca Romijn (actress in Godsend) born
Rebecca Romijn / Photo by John Shearer/

November 8 – 14

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde / Fair use doctrine.
11/07/1971 – Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde released theatrically
11/07/2000 – Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem released on the Nintendo GameCube in Australia
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem / Fair use doctrine.
Bram Stoker / Fair use doctrine.
11/08/1847 – Bram Stoker (author of Dracula) born (d. 1912)
11/08/1968 – Parker Posey (actress in Scream 3) born
Parker Posey / © 2004 USA Cable Network. All Rights Reserved.
Tara Reid / IMDb
11/08/1975 – Tara Reid (actress in A Return to Salem’s Lot, Urban Legend (film), Devil’s Pond, Alone in the Dark, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer) born
11/09/1984 – A Nightmare on Elm Street released theatrically
A Nightmare on Elm Street / Fair use doctrine.
Silent Night, Deadly Night / Fair use doctrine.
11/09/1984 – Silent Night, Deadly Night released theatrically
11/09/1988 – Child’s Play released theatrically
Child's Play / © 1988 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Castlevania: Chronicles / Fair use doctrine.
11/09/2001 – Castlevania Chronicles released on the PlayStation in the European Union
11/10/1889 – Claude Rains (actor in many horror films) born (d. 1967)
Claude Rains / Photo by Hulton Archive - Image courtesy
Bill Moseley / IMDb
11/11/1951 – Bill Moseley (actor in many horror films) born
11/11/1995 – Interview with the Vampire released theatrically
Interview with the Vampire / Fair use doctrine.
Resident Evil Zero / Fair use doctrine.
11/11/2002 – Resident Evil 0 released on the Nintendo GameCube in North America
11/12/1904 – Jacques Tourneur (director of many horror films) born (d. 1977)
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The Mad Ghoul / Fair use doctrine.
11/12/1943 – The Mad Ghoul released theatrically
11/12/1999 – Resident Evil 3: Nemesis released for the PlayStation in North America
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis / Fair use doctrine.
Seed of Chucky / Fair use doctrine.
11/12/2004 – Seed of Chucky released theatrically
11/13/1933 – The Invisible Man released theatrically
The Invisible Man / Fair use doctrine.
Cape Fear / Fair use doctrine.
11/13/1991 – Cape Fear (1991) released theatrically
11/13/1992 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula released theatrically
Bram Stoker's Dracula / Fair use doctrine.

November 15 – 21

Night of the Comet / © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
11/16/1984 – Night of the Comet released theatrically
11/16/1990 – Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 released theatrically
Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 / Fair use doctrine.
Frailty / © 2002 - Lions Gate Films - All Rights Reserved
11/17/2001 – Frailty released theatrically
11/18/1990 – It premieres on television
It / Fair use doctrine.

November 21 – 27

Frankenstein / Fair use doctrine.
11/21/1931 – Frankenstein released theatrically
11/21/1964 – Onibaba released theatrically in Japan
Onibaba / Fair use doctrine.
Predator 2 / Fair use doctrine.
11/21/1990 – Predator 2 released theatrically
11/21/2002 – Resident Evil 0 released on the Nintendo GameCube in Japan
Resident Evil Zero / Fair use doctrine.
Gothika / © 2003 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved
11/21/2002 – Gothika released theatrically
11/22/1958 – Jamie Lee Curtis (actress in Halloween, The Fog, Prom Night, etc.) born
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11/23/1887 – Boris Karloff born (d. 1969)
11/23/1917 – Michael Gough (actor in Hammer horror films) born
Michael Gough / Image: IMDb
Silent Hill 2 / Fair use doctrine.
11/23/2001 – Silent Hill 2 released on the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in Europe
11/24/1999 – End of Days released theatrically
End of Days / Fair use doctrine.
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness / Fair use doctrine.
11/24/2006 – Castlevania: Curse of Darkness released on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in Japan
11/26/1992 – Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge released on the Game Boy in Europe
Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge / Fair use doctrine.
Alien: Resurrection / Fair use doctrine.
11/26/1997 – Alien: Resurrection released theatrically
11/27/1988 – John Carradine (actor in numerous horror films) dies (b. 1906)
John Carradine / Photo by Ulvis Alberts - © 1978 Ulvis Alberts - Image courtesy
Castlevania: Legends / Fair use doctrine.
11/27/1997 – Castlevania Legends released on the Game Boy in Japan
11/27/2003 – Castlevania: Lament of Innocence released on the PlayStation 2 in Japan

November 28 – 30

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie / Fair use doctrine.
11/28/1974 – Let Sleeping Corpses Lie released theatrically
11/30/1999 – Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness released on the Nintendo 64 in the United States
Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness / Fair use doctrine.
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