Bill Paxton was an Actor and Director, best known for a long career in front of the character. A capable character actor, and one of the few who managed a career as a leading man as well, it was a shock to me when his untimely death was announced last year.
So let’s take a look back over the man’s career.
Bill Paxton’s Death
Bill Paxton died on February 25, 2017. The official cause of death was listed as a stroke. He was undergoing heart surgery at the time. When Bill was 13 he contracted rheumatic fever, which damaged his heart, and it is likely that this played a role in is eventual death. He was survived by his wife and children. Recently the estate of Bill Paxton has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the surgeon, Dr. Ali Khoynezhad.
The suit claims that there were a number of important details withheld from the family, and Bill, before the surgery. Chief among them being that Dr. Ali performed a moderately experimental surgery, and worse, one that he was not entirely familiar with. Nor had the doctor arranged for continuous care and coverage. If this is true then it seems as though Paxton’s death was earlier than it really should have been.
Bill Paxton Career Highlights
His film career slowed in the early 2000s, but he was more than able to pick up the slack with television work. He landed a lead role in Big Love in 2006. The show was famous for its depiction of polygamy, a daring subject for a show these days. He claimed that the show was more an exploration of alternative relationships, saying that in this modern world maybe the man-woman union is not the only valid on out there.
Bill was lauded for his performance, not much of a surprise, winning three golden globes for the role. He somehow made Henrikson, the husband, a relatable and real person, and considering how easy it might have been to portray him as a creep, or to play to the farce, it was an impressive performance.
In 2014 Paxton reentered my sphere, playing John Garrett in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. He played a double agent, working for Hydra within SHIELD, and he was fantastic in it. A real shame when he was killed off, but they were at least able to milk his appearances for all they were worth. In 2017 he starred in the TV version of Training Day, playing a rogue cop.
His final film was 2017’s The Circle, released after his death.