Actor Bill Paxton, who played storm chaser turned weatherman Bill “The Extreme” Harding in the 1996 disaster epic “Twister”, died Saturday after complications from heart surgery; he was 61. Paxton was one of the most beloved character actors of his generation able to take on everything and anything in his range.
On Sunday, storm chasers paid tribute to Paxton, who was raised in Texas and always fascinated with their work in real life, by doing a tribute as only these hard working, adrenaline-driven individuals can – they drove through three different states to form a giant “BP” in America’s heartland on their GPS tracking systems. This epic kind of tribute was also performed a few years ago when revered storm chasers Tim Samaras and Carl Young, along with Tim’s cameraman son, were killed in a tornado near El Reno, OK.
See the full story below -and how awesome is it that they managed to place Wakita, OK – the center of much of the action in “Twister” – right in the middle of the tribute…Great going Guys…and I guess I know what we’ll be doing this week on “CV”, eh?