Entertainment Movies Bill Paxton's Son Wishes Late Father 'Happy Birthday Daddio!' on Day Actor Would Have Turned 62 By Nigel Smith Nigel Smith Nigel Smith is Senior News Editor, Movies at PEOPLE. He is an Entertainment Editor and Writer with more than 10 years of experience in the online and print industries as a journalist, storyteller, proofreader and manager. In 2017 Smith joined the PEOPLE editorial team in New York as News Editor, Movies. He has written feature stories and reviews including interviews with Ryan Reynolds, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Hudson and Russell Crowe. Prior, he served as News Editor at the Wrap in Los Angeles, and Entertainment Editor at the Guardian, also in LA, where he covered the red carpet at major awards shows including the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Governors Awards, Grammy Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. He also attended and reported on major film festivals at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride, SXSW and Tribeca. Smith has appeared as an expert commentator on numerous morning and entertainment shows including Good Morning America, Today, NBC News, BBC News, Access Hollywood, NY1, PeopleTV and more. A native of Toronto, Canada, Smith graduated from Syracuse University in New York State with Master of Arts degree in Arts Journalism (Film). He is married and lives in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 17, 2018 05:02 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Bill Paxton’s son is remembering his late famous father on what would have been the actor’s 62nd birthday. “Today is a very special for me,” James, 24, posted to his Instagram on Thursday. “It’s my Dad’s birthday and also happens to be the day that my first feature film #BoogeymanPop (shot 3 summers ago) announced its world premiere debut.” “Happy Birthday Daddio!” he also captioned the post. James was referencing the movie Boogeyman Pop, which is making its world premiere at the Cinepocalypse film festival in Chicago. He plays the lead role in the genre thriller. Paxton died of a stroke last year after complications arose during heart surgery to replace a valve and correct an aortic aneurysm. According to the death certificate, the actor had surgery on Feb. 14 and died 11 days later, on the 25th, after suffering a stroke. Over a month after his death, James remembered his father in a touching tribute to his father on Instagram. “Forever smiling with you,” he wrote, captioning a selfie of he and his father standing courtside at a basketball game. Paxton had a lengthy career in Hollywood and was beloved for his roles in the films Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), Tombstone (1993), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996) and Titanic (1997) — and in 2012, the former star of HBO’s Big Love won an Emmy for his work in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys. The actor is survived by his two children, James and Lydia, and his wife of 30 years, Louise Paxton.