Actor Bill Paxton has passed away suddenly at the age of 61. Although he'd never been nominated for an Oscar, he was a part of many movies that were. Some of my favorite Bill Paxton roles are lesser known, so let's take a look back.

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    Alongside Kurt Russell and Sam Elliot, Paxton played Morgan Earp, youngest of the famous Earp brothers in one of the most underrated Wild West movies ever made.

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    A Simple Plan

    Paxton plays Hank, one of three blue collar friends that stumble upon millions of dollars in lost cash they plan to keep. Instead, the plan amounts to nothing but mistrust and betrayal. BTW, this is also one of Billy Bob Thornton's best roles as Paxton's dimwitted older brother Jacob.

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    Streets of Fire

    A cult classic from 1984 (and one of my all-time favorite movies altogether) starring Diane Lane and Willem Dafoe, Streets is about a mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang. Paxton has a very small, but pivotal roll as Clyde the Bartender in the first movie I can ever remember seeing him in.

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    Paxton plays lean, mean Private Hudson alongside Sigourney Weaver who, once again, finds herself in space fending off against vicious, drooling aliens. This would be the first time Paxton worked under director James Cameron, but not the last, as he would be case in Titanic almost a decade later.

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    One of his first films as the leading man, Paxton riveted us as Bill Harding, an expert tornado chaser. 'We got cows'.

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