Paxton at WonderCon 2014
May 17, 1955
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
|Died||February 25, 2017
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Stroke|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)|
|Children||2, including James Paxton|
William Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017) was an American actor and film director.
The films in which he appeared include The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Predator 2 (1990), Tombstone (1993), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), Titanic (1997), U-571 (2000), Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and Nightcrawler (2014). Paxton also starred in the HBO drama series Big Love (2006–11). In 2013, he received an Emmy Award nomination for his performance in the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.
Paxton was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Mary Lou (née Gray) and John Lane Paxton. His father was a businessman, lumber wholesaler, museum executive, and occasional actor, most notably appearing in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films. His mother was Roman Catholic, and he and his siblings were raised in her faith. Paxton was in the crowd when President John F. Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas on the morning of his assassination on November 22, 1963. Photographs of an 8-year-old Paxton being lifted above the crowd are on display at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas. On the Marc Maron podcast, Paxton revealed that at the age of 13 he contracted rheumatic fever which had damaged his heart. During his teens, Paxton worked as a paper delivery boy with Mike Muir.
Among Paxton's earliest roles were a minor role as a punk thug in The Terminator (1984), a supporting role as the lead protagonist's bullying older brother Chet in John Hughes' Weird Science (1985), and the melodramatic Private Hudson in Aliens (1986).
He directed several short films, including the music video for Barnes & Barnes' novelty song "Fish Heads", which aired during Saturday Night Live's low-rated 1980–81 season. He was cast in a music video for the 1982 Pat Benatar song "Shadows of the Night", in which he appeared as a Nazi radio officer.
In 1982, Paxton and his friend Andrew Todd Rosenthal formed a new wave musical band called Martini Ranch. The band released its only full-length album, Holy Cow, in 1988, on Sire Records. The album was produced by Devo member Bob Casale and featured guest appearances by two other members of that band. The music video for the band's single "Reach" was directed by James Cameron.
Paxton worked with director James Cameron on True Lies (1994) and Titanic (1997), the latter of which was the highest-grossing film of all time at its release. In his other roles, Paxton played Morgan Earp in Tombstone (1993), Fred Haise in Apollo 13 (1995), the lead in Twister (1996), and lead roles in dark dramas such as One False Move (1992) and A Simple Plan (1998).
Paxton directed the feature films Frailty (2001), in which he starred, and The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005). Four years after appearing in Titanic, he joined Cameron on an expedition to the actual Titanic. A film about this trip, Ghosts of the Abyss, was released in 2003. He also appeared in the music video for Limp Bizkit's 2003 song "Eat You Alive" as a sheriff.
His highest profile television performances received much positive attention, including his lead role in HBO's Big Love (2006–2011), for which Paxton received three Golden Globe Award nominations. Paxton also received good reviews for his performance in the History Channel's miniseries Hatfields & McCoys (2012), for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, alongside co-star Kevin Costner.
In 2014, he played the role of the villainous John Garrett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and a supporting role in Edge of Tomorrow (2014). He starred alongside Jon Bernthal, Rose McGowan, and John Malkovich as a playable character in the 2014 video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (downloadable "Exo Zombies" mode). In February 2016, Paxton was cast as Detective Frank Roarke for Training Day, a crime-thriller television series set 15 years after the events of the eponymous 2001 movie; it premiered a year later.
In February 2017, a few weeks prior to having cardiac surgery, and ultimately his death, Paxton stated in an interview with Marc Maron that he had a damaged heart valve, the result of suffering from rheumatic fever in his youth.
It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family's wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.
He is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
|1983||Taking Tiger Mountain||Billy Hampton|||
|1983||Lords of Discipline, TheThe Lords of Discipline||Gilbreath|||
|1984||Streets of Fire||Clyde the Bartender|||
|1984||Terminator, TheThe Terminator||Punk Leader|||
|1985||Weird Science||Chet Donnelly|||
|1986||Aliens||Private William Hudson|||
|1988||Pass the Ammo||Jesse Wilkes|||
|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||Twister||Bill "The Extreme" Harding|||
|1996||Evening Star, TheThe Evening Star||Jerry Bruckner|||
|1998||Simple Plan, AA Simple Plan||Hank|||
|1998||Mighty Joe Young||Professor Gregory O'Hara|||
|2000||U-571||Lieutenant Commander Mike Dahlgren|||
|2000||Vertical Limit||Elliot Vaughn|||
|2001||Frailty||Dad Meiks||Also director|||
|2002||Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams||Dinky Winks|||
|2003||Ghosts of the Abyss||Himself/Narrator|||
|2003||Resistance||Major Theodore 'Ted' Brice|||
|2003||Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over||Dinky Winks|||
|2004||Club Dread||Coconut Pete|||
|2005||Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D||Edgar Mitchell||Short film|||
|2005||Greatest Game Ever Played, TheThe Greatest Game Ever Played||—||Director|||
|2007||Good Life, TheThe Good Life||Robbie|||
|2013||Red Wing||Jim Verret|||
|2014||Million Dollar Arm||Tom House|||
|2014||Edge of Tomorrow||Master Sergeant Farell|||
|2015||Pixies||Eddie Beck||Voice role|
|2016||Term Life||Detective Keenan|||
|2016||Mean Dreams||Wayne Caraway|||
|2017||The Circle||Vinnie Holland||Posthumous release|||
|1983||Deadly Lessons||Eddie Fox||Movie|||
|1985||Early Frost, AnAn Early Frost||Bob Maracek||Movie|||
|1985||The Atlanta Child Murders||Campbell||Movie|||
|1986||Fresno||Billy Joe Bobb||Miniseries (4 episodes)|||
|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"|||
|1998||Bright Shining Lie, AA Bright Shining Lie||John Paul Vann||Movie|||
|2003||Frasier||Ernie||Episode: "Analyzed Kiss"|||
|2006–11||Big Love||Bill Henrickson||Lead role (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.||John Garrett||6 episodes|||
|2015||Texas Rising||Sam Houston||Miniseries|||
|2015||The Gamechangers||Jack Thompson||Movie|||
|2017||Training Day||Detective Frank Roarke||Lead role (13 episodes)|||
|1980||"Fish Heads"||Barnes & Barnes||Main character||Director|||
|1982||"Shadows of the Night"||Pat Benatar||Nazi officer|||
|1987||"Touched by the Hand of God"||New Order|||
|1988||"Reach"||Martini Ranch||Main character|||
|2003||"Eat You Alive"||Limp Bizkit||Sheriff|||
|2015||Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare||Kahn||Exo Zombies|||
Awards and nominations
|1987||Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Aliens||Won|||
|1995||CableACE Awards||Best Actor in a Dramatic Series||Tales from the Crypt||Nominated|||
|1996||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Apollo 13||Won|||
|1998||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Titanic||Nominated|||
|1999||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film||A Bright Shining Lie||Nominated|||
|2003||Saturn Awards||Best Director||Frailty||Nominated|||
|2006||Satellite Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Big Love||Nominated|||
|2007||Satellite Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Big Love||Nominated|||
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Big Love||Nominated|||
|2008||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Big Love||Nominated|||
|2009||Satellite Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Big Love||Nominated|||
|2010||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Big Love||Nominated|||
|2012||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie||Hatfields & McCoys||Nominated|||
|2013||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie||Hatfields & McCoys||Nominated|||
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