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In this blog entry for the Herald, I attempt to comprehend the shocking loss of Bill Paxton, one of the great all-time actors, by celebrating ten of his greatest performances. 

When news of Bill Paxton’s passing emerged, there was an outpouring of love and affection that marked the loss of one of the all-time greats. Sometimes when a famous person dies, it really gets you in the gut.

I loved Bill Paxton. A lot. And I know I’m not alone. Paxton had a lot of fans all around the world but especially in New Zealand. There was something about his down-home, good ol’ boy charm that made him every Kiwi’s country cousin.