Paxton in July 2013.
May 17, 1955
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
William "Bill" Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is an American actor and film director. He gained popularity after starring roles in the films Apollo 13, Weird Science, Twister, Aliens, True Lies, and Titanic. Paxton starred in the HBO series Big Love (2006–2011) and was nominated for an Emmy Award for the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.
Paxton was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Mary Lou (née Gray) and John Lane Paxton, a businessman, lumber wholesaler, museum executive, and occasional actor. He was raised Roman Catholic, his mother's religion.
Paxton was in the crowd waving when President John F. Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth, on the morning of his assassination, November 22, 1963. There are pictures at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas where 8-year-old Paxton can be seen lifted above the crowd.
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Paxton has appeared in films such as Weird Science, Aliens, Apollo 13, Near Dark, Twister, Titanic, One False Move and True Lies. Four years after appearing in Titanic, he joined James Cameron on an expedition to the actual Titanic. A film about this trip, Ghosts of the Abyss, was released in 2003.
Paxton has also directed a number of short films, including Fish Heads, which aired during Saturday Night Live's low-rated 1980-1981 season. He directed the feature films Frailty and The Greatest Game Ever Played.
In 1988, Paxton and the vocalist/guitarist Andrew Todd Rosenthal formed a short-lived rock duo Martini Ranch.
|1980||Fish Heads||Main Character||Short film|
|1983||Taking Tiger Mountain||Billy Hampton|
|1983||Deadly Lessons||Eddie Fox||Television film|
|1983||Lords of Discipline, TheThe Lords of Discipline||Gilbreath|
|1984||Streets of Fire||Clyde the Bartender|
|1984||Terminator, TheThe Terminator||Punk Leader|
|1985||Early Frost, AnAn Early Frost||Bob Maracek|
|1985||Atlanta Child Murders, TheThe Atlanta Child Murders||Campbell||Television film|
|1985||Weird Science||Chet Donnelly|
|1986||Fresno||Billy Joe Bobb|
|1989||Next of Kin||Gerald Gates|
|1989||Back to Back||Bo Brand|
|1990||Brain Dead||Jim Reston|
|1990||Last of the Finest, TheThe Last of the Finest||Howard 'Hojo' Jones|
|1990||Predator 2||Jerry Lambert|
|1991||Dark Backward, TheThe Dark Backward||Gus|
|1992||Vagrant, TheThe Vagrant||Graham Krakowski|
|1992||One False Move||Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon|
|1993||Indian Summer||Jack Belston|
|1993||Boxing Helena||Ray O'Malley|
|1994||Frank and Jesse||Frank James|
|1995||Last Supper, TheThe Last Supper||Zachary Cody|
|1995||Apollo 13||Fred Haise|
|1996||Evening Star, TheThe Evening Star||Jerry Bruckner|
|1998||Bright Shining Lie, AA Bright Shining Lie||John Paul Vann||Television film|
|1998||Simple Plan, AA Simple Plan||Hank|
|1998||Mighty Joe Young||Professor Gregory 'Gregg' O'Hara|
|2000||U-571||Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren|
|2000||Vertical Limit||Elliot Vaughn|
|2002||Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams||Dinky Winks|
|2003||Ghosts of the Abyss||Narrator|
|2003||Eat You Alive||Sheriff||Uncredited|
|2003||Resistance||Major Theodore 'Ted' Brice|
|2003||Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over||Dinky Winks|
|2004||Club Dread||Coconut Pete|
|2005||Greatest Game Ever Played, TheThe Greatest Game Ever Played||Director|
|2005||Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D||Edgar Mitchell||Short film|
|2007||Good Life, TheThe Good Life||Robbie|
|2013||Red Wing||Jim Verret|
|2014||Edge of Tomorrow||General Farrell Bartolome||Post-production|
|2014||Million Dollar Arm||Tom House||Completed|
|1986||Miami Vice||Detective Vic Romano||Episode: "Streetwise"|
|1987||The Hitchhiker||Trout||Episode: "Made for Each Other"|
|1993||Tales from the Crypt||Billy DeLuca||Episode: "People Who Live in Brass Hearses"|
|2003||Frasier||Ernie||Episode: "Analyzed Kiss"|
|2006–2011||Big Love||Bill Henrickson||53 episodes|
|2012||Hatfields & McCoys||Randolph McCoy||3 episodes|
|2013||JFK: The Day That Changed Everything||Narrator||Documentary|
|2014||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Agent John Garrett||Episode: "T.A.H.I.T.I."|
Awards and nominations
- "Bill Paxton Biography". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- Spitznagel, Eric (January 8, 2010). "Bill Paxton Can Defend Polygamy, But He Can't Defend Sarah Palin". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- Wilonsky, Robert (March 28, 2007). "The Day Bill Paxton Saw John F. Kennedy". Dallas Observer Blogs. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- DiBlasi, Loren (May 25, 2012). "Live With Kelly: Bill Paxton 'Hatfields & McCoys' Interview". Recapo. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
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- Bill Paxton at the Internet Movie Database
- Bill Paxton at the TCM Movie Database
- Bill Paxton at AllRovi
- Bill Paxton and Bill Paxton - Movie Director at The Numbers
- Bill Paxton on National Public Radio in 2005
- Bill Paxton on National Public Radio in 2002