Mike Huckabee, February 28, 2017
Tributes have been pouring in to the late actor Bill Paxton, who died Sunday at 61 of a stroke following heart surgery. Despite appearing in many blockbuster hits, he retained the same down-to-earth demeanor of a kid from Fort Worth, Texas. All the memorial tweets from top celebrities carried the same message: that he was the nicest guy they’d ever met. On his show Monday, Conan O’Brien agreed, noting that Paxton wasn’t just nice to other celebrities, but to everyone who crossed his path. He recalled running into Paxton at a theater when he was with a staffer who loved Paxton’s movie, “Tombstone.” When Paxton heard that, he gave the young man the thrill of his life by seeking him out in the crowd and reciting all his lines from the movie just for him.
It goes to show that even when your resume includes titles like “The Terminator,” “Apollo 13” and “Titanic,” there’s still no greater eulogy than to be remembered first and foremost for your kindness to others.