Actor Bill Paxton, star of the motion picture “Twister”, has died.
Paxton’s family released a statement this morning confirming his death. “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.
Paxton is best known in meteorological circles as the co-star of the motion picture “Twister.” The movie was written by Anne-Marie Martin and Joss Whedon, directed by Jan de Bont and Ian Bryce, and was produced by Michael Crichton and Kathleen Kennedy. Starring Paxton, Helen Hunt, and Jami Gertz, the film followed storm chasing scientists studying tornadoes. The 1996 film featured dazzling special effects that brought the destructive nature of severe thunderstorms, large hail, and violent tornadoes to life. While the motion picture received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, it did not win. But it did inspire a generation of weather enthusiasts to track and follow severe storms.