The Bill Paxton 'Training Day' Tribute Was Simple But Touching
On Sunday, Feb. 26, news broke that Bill Paxton had passed away at 61 due to complications from surgery. The prolific actor had appeared in scores of shows and films across his 30-year career, including mainstay classics like Twister and Titanic. The entertainment world has mourned him with many kind words in the days since his death, but one of the most poignant remembrances came from his latest TV team via Training Day's Bill Paxton tribute.
During the March 2 episode, "Wages of Sin," the CBS crime drama kicked off the show with a memoriam reading "In loving memory of our friend and colleague" alongside his photo, name, and dates of life. It was simple, but perhaps deliberately so: the real tribute is his performance. Having only premiered earlier this month, the series still has eight episodes left in the pipeline. According to Deadline, the production for season 1 wrapped back in December, meaning fans will get to watch Paxton on-screen for several weeks to come. On it, he stars as Frank Roarke, a seasoned but morally ambiguous LAPD detective partnered with rookie cop Kyle Craig (played by newcomer Justin Cornwell). It picks up 15 years after the events of the 2001 film it's based on.
Off-screen, Paxton's Training Day castmates have also kept their tributes short and sweet. "We were just two guys on top of the world. Rest easy my friend," Cornwell tweeted.
Julie Benz, who plays Holly Butler, mirrored the sentiment: "Rest in peace my sweet friend," she wrote.
Though Paxton's death muddied the future for Training Day, it's nice that fans will get to keep enjoying fresh work even after his passing. In fact, he's also set to appear alongside Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in tech thriller The Circle, which hits theaters April 28. Paxton may be gone, but his mark on Hollywood is forever.