Bill Paxton

May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017

In the year and a half or so since his abrupt and untimely death at the age of 61, it’s still hard to imagine a world without Bill Paxton. The actor turned up so often for so long that one can be forgiven for still expecting to see him show up in some new movie or TV show today. Working often with director James Cameron, Paxton graced the screen in dozens of the most popular movies in the world for the better part of 3 decades. Small but memorable roles in the 1980s (Alien, Weird Science) led to blockbuster roles in the ’90s (Titanic, Tombstone, Twister) and lucrative TV roles in the 2000s (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Big Love – the latter of which earned him a number of Golden Globe and Emmy nominations.) He was literally everywhere. He even started a new wave band in 1982 because why not? Personally, I will always most fondly remember him opposite Alan Arkin and Diane Lane in the 1993 summer camp/nostalgia-fest, Indian Summer. But, I realize that’s probably just me. Shortly before a 2017 cardiac surgery, Paxton revealed that his heart had been damaged during a bout of rheumatic fever as a young man. Unfortunately, complications stemming from the procedure led to a stroke and it was “Game over, ma…”…no, I can’t do it.

Burial

Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Court Of Liberty, Lot 2104, Companion Garden Crypt 3; Walk past the central statue of George Washington, up (south) 3 terraces, Bill’s grave will be in the first lawn section on this terrace on your left (east) as you face the Liberty mural, just one row north and a couple of spaces east of Al Jarreau.

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