Bill Paxton (1955-2017)
Hollywood lost a great actor on Saturday as Bill Paxton died of complications from surgery. It put a damper on the Oscars as friends, family and colleagues took to social media to pay their respects and share stories of Paxton. His filmography is impressive, and he was solid in every single role. Weird Science, Aliens, Tombstone, True Lies, Apollo 13, the Bill who didn’t play the President in Independence Day, Twister, Titanic plus his TV roles in Big Love and Hatfields & McCoys. Bill Paxton was like comfort food; when he popped up in a movie, you knew it was going to be good and you knew you were going to enjoy it.
On a personal note, because when a famous person passes away you selfishly look back on what they meant to YOU, Bill Paxton has been our number 1 guy at Average Nobodies from the very start. We’ve called out the Catholic Church when St. John Paul II was canonized over Bill, we’ve rebelled against People Magazine for continuing to snub him as the sexiest man alive and we even created one of the greatest t-shirts of all time in his honor. We changed the term from ‘for God’s sake’ to ‘for Bill Paxton’s sake’ so many times I can’t even remember them all and when you go to our home page, Bill Paxton’s floating head rests over Matt’s right shoulder, right next to Prison Mike. My wonderful girlfriend, aware of my mild obsession with Bill, has been consistently contacting his assistant in hopes of having him show up in some capacity at my 30th birthday next year. While that won’t happen (unless…GHOSTS) it just goes to show you how much we loved Bill here at Average Nobodies, and that love will not be vanquished by his death. Fly away sweet prince. Fly away and be free.