Bill Paxton

Actor, Director, Producer
After receiving his start playing larger than life goofs in the 1980s, actor Bill Paxton transformed himself from oddball character parts to a dramatic performer with considerable gravitas in acclaimed features and on ... Read more »
Born: 05/16/1955 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (84)

Strange But True 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Texas Rising 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Edge of Tomorrow 2014 (Movie)

Master Sergeant Farell (Actor)

JFK: The Final Hours 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Million Dollar Arm 2014 (Movie)

Tom House (Actor)

Nightcrawler 2014 (Movie)

Joe Loder (Actor)

2 Guns 2013 (Movie)

Earl (Actor)

Red Wing 2013 (Movie)

Jim Verret (Actor)

Shanghai Calling 2013 (Movie)

Donald (Actor)

The Colony 2013 (Movie)

Mason (Actor)

Hatfields & McCoys 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Haywire 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Kane (Actor)

Big Love 2005 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Haven 2006 (Movie)

Carl Ridley (Actor)

The Good Life 2006 (Movie)

Robbie (Actor)

Broken Lizard's Club Dread 2004 (Movie)

Coconut Pete (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thunderbirds 2004 (Movie)

Jeff Tracy (Actor)

Frasier 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ghosts of the Abyss 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 (Movie)

Dinky Winks (Actor)

Frailty 2002 (Movie)

Dad (Actor)

Resistance 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002 (Movie)

Dinky Winks (Actor)

Kurt Russell: Hollywood's Heavy Hitter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

U-571 2000 (Movie)

Captain Dahlgren (Actor)

Vertical Limit 2000 (Movie)

Elliot Vaughn (Actor)

A Simple Plan 1998 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

Mighty Joe Young 1998 (Movie)

Gregg O'Hara (Actor)

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

Brock Lovett (Actor)

Tom Hanks: Hollywood's Golden Boy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Traveller 1997 (Movie)

Bokky (Actor)

The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Evening Star 1996 (Movie)

Jerry Bruckner (Actor)

The Last Supper 1996 (Movie)

Guest--Zack (Actor)

Twister 1996 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

A Day With 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Apollo 13 1995 (Movie)

Fred W Haise (Actor)

Frank and Jesse 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of Apollo 13 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Making of "True Lies," The 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

People Who Live in Brass Hearses 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

True Lies 1994 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Boxing Helena 1993 (Movie)

Ray O'Malley (Actor)

Future Shock 1993 (Movie)

The Roommate (Actor)

Indian Summer 1993 (Movie)

Jack Belston (Actor)

Monolith 1993 (Movie)

Tucker (Actor)

Tombstone 1993 (Movie)

Morgan Earp (Actor)

One False Move 1992 (Movie)

Dale "Hurricane" Dixon (Actor)

The Vagrant 1992 (Movie)

Graham Krakowski (Actor)

Trespass 1992 (Movie)

Vince (Actor)

The Dark Backward 1991 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Back to Back 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Brain Dead 1990 (Movie)

Jim Reston (Actor)

Navy Seals 1990 (Movie)

Dane (Actor)

Predator 2 1990 (Movie)

Jerry Lambert (Actor)

The Last of the Finest 1990 (Movie)

Howard "Hojo" Jones (Actor)

Next of Kin 1989 (Movie)

Gerald Gates (Actor)

Slipstream 1989 (Movie)

Matt Owens (Actor)

Pass the Ammo 1988 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

Fresno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Near Dark 1987 (Movie)

Severen (Actor)

The Roommate 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

Private Hudson (Actor)

Commando 1985 (Movie)

Intercept Officer (Actor)

The Atlanta Child Murders 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Weird Science 1985 (Movie)

Chet (Actor)

Great Day 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Impulse 1984 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Streets of Fire 1984 (Movie)

Clyde (Actor)

The Terminator 1984 (Movie)

Punk Leader (Actor)

Deadly Lessons 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Mortuary 1983 (Movie)

Paul Andrews (Actor)

The Lords of Discipline 1983 (Movie)

Gilbreath (Actor)

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez 1982 (Movie)

Barfly in Cafe (Actor)

Stripes 1981 (Movie)

Soldier (Actor)

A Bright Shining Lie (TV Show)

Actor

An Early Frost (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Parkland 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Good Life 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Traveller 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (3)

Saturday Night Live: Just Shorts 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Director

The Greatest Game Ever Played 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Frailty 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

After receiving his start playing larger than life goofs in the 1980s, actor Bill Paxton transformed himself from oddball character parts to a dramatic performer with considerable gravitas in acclaimed features and on television series. Paxton first gained significant notice as the bullying Chet in "Weird Science" (1985), before famously playing loud-mouthed Private Hudson for James Cameron in "Aliens" (1986). In the following decade, he was landing leading roles in movies like "Brain Dead" (1990), "The Vagrant" (1992), and "One False Move" (1992). After portraying Morgan Earp opposite Kurt Russell's Wyatt Earp in "Tombstone" (1993), Paxton graduated to a dependable featured player and leading man in blockbusters such as "Apollo 13" (1995), "Twister" (1996), and "Titanic" (1997), while maintaining a footing in smaller films like "Traveller" (1997), "A Simple Plan" (1998) and "Frailty" (2002), the latter of which also marked his debut as a feature director. Having spent his entire career in features, Paxton starred in his first TV drama a polygamist husband of three wives on HBO's acclaimed series "Big Love" (2006-2011), a role that earned him widespread acclaim while opening new doors for his career. By the time he co-starred opposite Kevin Costner in "Hatfields & McCoys" (History Channel, 2012), Paxton was a veteran performer capable of keeping audiences constantly surprised by the breadth of his versatility.

Relationships

Louise Newbury Paxton

Wife
Married May 12, 1987

James Paxton Actor

Son
Born Feb. 23, 1994; mother, Louise Paxton

John Paxton

Father

Mary Paxton

Mother

Lydia Paxton

Daughter
Born Dec. 19, 1997; mother, Louise Paxton

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York
Studied privately with Stella Adler while attending NYU

Arlington Heights High School

Fort Worth , Texas

Southwest Texas State University

San Marcos , Texas

Milestones

2012

Joined an all-star cast including Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas in the action thriller "Haywire," directed by Steven Soderbergh

2012

Co-starred with Kevin Costner in The History Channel miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys"

2006

Starred in the HBO drama "Big Love" as a Utah man who practiced polygamy; earned Golden Globe (2007, 2008, 2009) nominations for Best Actor in a Drama Series

2006

Played a corrupt Miami businessman in "Haven"

2005

Directed "The Greatest Game Ever Played," a golf drama based on the true story of the 1913 U.S. Open

2004

Starred in "Thunderbirds," based on the cult British television show from the 1960s; directed by Jonathan Frakes

2004

Cast in the comedy "Broken Lizard's Club Dread"

2002

Cast in "Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams"

2001

Made feature directorial debut with "Frailty"

2000

Portrayed the captain of an American submarine in the WWII thriller "U-571"

1998

Co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton in "A Simple Plan"

1998

Portrayed John Paul Vann in the HBO movie "A Bright Shining Lie"

1997

Feature producing debut, "Traveler"; also starred

1997

Appeared in the modern-day wraparound sequences of Cameron's Oscar-winning blockbuster "Titanic"

1996

Co-starred with Helen Hunt, as 'storm chasers' researching tornadoes, in "Twister"

1995

Co-starred with Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon in the Ron Howard directed "Apollo 13," about the ill-fated lunar mission of the same name in 1970

1994

Re-teamed with Cameron for a supporting role in "True Lies"

1993

Co-starred in "Indian Summer," written and directed by Mike Binder

1992

First lead role in a feature, "One False Move"; co-written by Billy Bob Thornton

1990

Co-starred in "Predator 2" with Danny Glover and Gary Busey

1986

Played the loud-mouthed Private William Hudson in Cameron's "Aliens"

1985

Cast in a memorable role as the sneering older brother Chet in John Hughes' "Weird Science"

1984

First worked for director James Cameron, playing a small role in "The Terminator"

1983

Made his TV debut on the unsold CBS pilot "Great Day"

1981

First released film, Ivan Reitman's "Stripes"

1981

Made film debut in the slasher film, "Mortuary" (released in 1983)

1980

Directed and starred in the cult short "Fish Heads" for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

1975

Feature debut as an extra in Jonathan Demme's "Crazy Mama"

1974

Worked as a set decorator for Roger Corman's New World Pictures

Left Los Angeles to study acting in New York

Bonus Trivia

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As an eight-year-old, Paxton was in the crowd waving when President John F. Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas in Ft. Worth, TX on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963. There were pictures at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas where the young Paxton was seen astride the shoulders of an unidentified man.

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"In this business, it's winner-take-all. There is no second place. But it's also a waiting game, and you figure your number has got to come up at some point" – Paxton quoted in USA Today, July 7, 1995

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Paxton was one half of the musical group Martini Ranch. They received some airplay with the song "How Can the Laboring Man Find Time For Self-Culture?"

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