The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, Weird Science, Twister, Apollo 13, Tombstone, Near Dark... The list goes on and on. Bill Paxton was a film icon, and he will be sorely missed. Bill Paxton, an actor who developed a following for films that achieved both mainstream and cult success starting in the 1980s, died today at the age of 61. Thanks for the many years of acting for my pleasure.