Damn it all, my sister let me know that the news broke that Bill Paxton has died. He was only 61. I have no words, only tears right now. Bill Paxton is in the top five on my list of favorite actors who are not only extremely important to me, but whose characters and movies matter at a deeply emotionally level as well.
Aliens, Titanic, Agents of SHIELD, U-571, Vertical Limit, Twister, Navy Seals, Terminator... I own all those on DVD. I may be one of the only people who watches Titantic for Bill Paxton's bookends more than for the rest of the movie. And he's the only reason to sit through "we got cows" Twister.
I've adored him since the first time I saw Aliens and Hudson opened his smart-ass mouth. He's an actor I would watch in anything, just because it's Bill Paxton, and he has never disappointed me.
I'm so sad and crushed by this news. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers, and to the fans like me whose world was always brightened by his movies.