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Feature Friday: Remembering Bill Paxton

Posted on August 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Mornin' Ginchers,

It's time once again for Feature Friday ... remembering Bill Paxton!  He was a great actor, director and musician and appeared in many movies that I loved watching as far back as 1985 when he appeared in Wierd Science and through the years until his untimely death in 2017.  I especially loved his roles as Randal McCoy in the TV mini series "The Hatfields and McCoys" and as Morgan Earp in "Tombstone.   He made so many great appearances as an actor in film, he played the punk in the Terminator, the bartender in Streets of Fire, Private Hudson in Aliens and so many more great films over the years like, Twister, Titanic, Apollo 132, Navy Seals and one of my favorites Gerald Gates in Next of Kin with Patrick Swayze.  He made his characters so real and serious ... always convincing.  Bill directed the feature films "Frality"  and "The Greatest Game Ever Played".  One of the crazy things Bill did as a director was in 1980 when he directed a music video for Barnes & Barnes which aired on Saturday Night Live ... "Fish Heads".  As a musician, Bill Paxton formed a new wave band in 1982 called "Martini Ranch" and released an album in 1988 on Sire Records called "Holy Cow".  I met Bill Paxton at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where he was a guest.  I had my dear friend and mentor, Porky Chedwick, with me.  I was introduced to Bill at a reception party and spent some time talking music and some of his roles in movies.  The man loved music and was eager to meet Porky ... I had a picture taken of him with Porky that made my day.  I will always remember ... Bill Paxton.  Till tomorrow, stay safe, stay healthy, help a neighbor when you can ... and, GOD Bless!

Johnny


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