On Sunday, on a weather map used by storm chasers and spotters to track tornadoes through the American Midwest, giant initials appeared. Dot by dot, spilling from Kansas south to Texas, the markers formed the letters B and P. It was a unique tribute to the actor Bill Paxton, a star of the most popular tornado film of all time, “Twister.”
Paxton died Saturday at the age of 61. The cause of death was complications from surgery, according to a statement from his family released Sunday. He was known for such roles as a treasure hunter in “Titanic” and a suburban polygamist in HBO’s “Big Love.” Before his breakout role in the 1995 film “Apollo 13,” Paxton played several supporting characters in popular genre flicks. Along with Lance Henriksen, Paxton held the distinction of being one of two actors defeated on-screen by an alien (killed by a pack of xenomorphs in “Aliens”), a predator (killed by one of …
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