Bill Paxton, 1955-2017

(CNN) - Actor Bill Paxton, whose extensive career included films such as "Twister," "Aliens" and "Titanic," has died, a representative for his family said in a statement. He was 61.

Paxton's genre (and genre-adjacent) acting credits were liberally sprinkled throughout his career, in both film and television, from Terminator (the first of three Arnold Schwarzenegger films in which he appeared) to Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.

He is survived by his wife, Louise, and two children.

Ron Thornton, 1957-2016

The Emmy-winning VFX designer and co-founder of Foundation Imaging passed away November 21st at the age of 59, after a short battle with liver disease.

Thornton began his entertainment career at the BBC, creating props and miniatures for Doctor Who and Blake's 7. He emigrated to the US in 1984, working on such genre films as Real Genius, Spaceballs, and Robot Jox. He was working on a project with Todd Rundgren when he was approached by the producers of Babylon 5, then still in development; the one-minute video of proposed effects he created was instrumental in selling the series to Warner Brothers Television.

Thornton received his Emmy for B5's pilot episode, The Gathering, and went on to receive additional nominations for his work on Star Trek: Voyager and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

A GoFundMe campaign was started two months ago for his medical bills, and will remain open to assist his wife with his final expenses.


Sheri S. Tepper, 1929-2016

As reported in Locus today. Scalzi has some thoughts on her legacy:

Aside from her considerable talents as an author, Tepper stands as a reminder that it’s never too late to write. Tepper didn’t publish her first novel until 1983, when she was in her 54th year of life; she wrote something like 40 total, the most recent published in 2014. It’s never too late to write; it’s never too late to write a classic novel; it’s never too late to be a great writer, whether or not the genre has entirely caught up with you yet.

Gene Wilder 1933-2016

I just read that actor Gene Wilder died yesterday at the age of 83. Cause of death was given as complications from Alzheimer's disease.

His genre credits were starring roles in the movies Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein.

Anton Yelchin 1989-2016

This one came as a complete surprise. Actor Anton Yelchin, who played Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot films, died today at the age of 27. Friends found him at his home yesterday, pinned between his car and a brick wall. He was pronounced dead today.

Bruce Hyde 1941-2015

I just read that actor Bruce Hyde died this past Tuesday. Perhaps his best remembered role was as Lt. Kevin Riley in the original Star Trek.

Hyde was also a professor emeritus of communication studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

Cause of death was throat cancer. He was 74.