R.I.P Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton, the veteran actor and director who appeared in Aliens, Twister, and Titanic, died Feb. 25 following complications from heart surgery, according to TMZ. He was 61.

He started out as a filmmaker before appearing in a string of movies in the ’80s with small but memorable roles in Stripes, Commando, Weird Science, and The Terminator. He quickly became a favorite of director James Cameron, who went on to cast him in Aliens, True Lies, Titanic, and the documentary Ghosts in the Abyss.

Paxton transitioned into a leading man with a starring role in Twister, then went on to star in movies like A Simple Plan, the Spy Kids series, and Frailty, which he also directed. He also starred as a modern-day polygamist in the HBO drama Big Love, which brought him three Golden Globe nominations, and he was nominated for an Emmy for his role in the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. At the time of his death, he was starring the CBS reboot of Training Day.

 

R.I.P Mary Tyler Moore

Television legend Mary Tyler Moore died Jan. 25 at the age of 80 after suffering cardiopulmonary arrest brought on by pneumonia, hypoxia, and diabetes. Her representative told The Hollywood Reporter that she passed away “in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine.”

A groundbreaking actress, she played a stay-at-home mom on The Dick Van Dyke Show, then became a feminist icon when she branched out on her own with The Mary Tyler Moore Show, playing Mary Richards, an independent single woman who becomes a broadcaster.

Moore won six Emmy Awards and was nominated for an Oscar in 1980 for playing the estranged mother of Timothy Hutton’s character in 1980’s Ordinary People. She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1986.