February 27, 2017


Storm Chasers Honor 'Twister' Star Bill Paxton With Inventive Tribute

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Critics' Choice Television Awards
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Critics' Choice Television Awards

Over the weekend, news came that actor Bill Paxton had died at age 61 after complications with a surgery. While his major roles included Big Love, Titanic, Apollo 13, Hatfields & McCoys and Aliens, it's Twister that's birthed an inventive tribute.

Jan de Bont's 1995 film starred Paxton and Helen Hunt as storm chasers, and roughly 200 of the real-life professionals joined forces on Sunday to spell Bill Paxton's initials, via GPS checkins, across the Tornado Alley states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. "Coordinating through Facebook groups, the mourners placed their Spotter Network markers in apps like RadarScope Pro," Gizmodo writes.

Check out the way the storm chasers' tribute to the four-time Golden Globe nominee developed:

Spotter Network president John Wetter told the Associated Press:

"There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of meteorologists today — myself included — who were impacted by the movie Twister and the role Bill played in that. Twister was kind of the first time in a mass media place the meteorologist became cool, if only for a little while."

Before his death, Bill Paxton completed filming on CBS' Training Day series, which is early in its 13-episode debut season.