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Bill Paxton ACTOR


Bill Paxton was born on May 17th, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas with the birth name William Archibald Paxton, born to Mary Lou and John Lane Paxton.  He received his early years education at St. Anne's Catholic School and graduated from Arlington Heights High School.  Paxton then enrolled at Southwest Texas State University.   

At the age of eighteen, he relocated to Los Angeles, California and began working in the film industry first as a set dresser for New World Pictures.  By 1975, he had broken into the film world as an actor first appearing on, "Crazy Mama".  Paxton then moved to New York and enrolled at New York University where he studied acting.

In 1981 he was cast in, "Stripes" and his career began to take off with more substantial roles in film as well as television.  Some of his more memorable film roles have been in, "The Terminator" (1984) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton, "Weird Science" (1985), "Aliens" (1986), "Near Dark" (1987), "Next of Kin" (1989), "Navy Seals" and his big break in the 1992 film, "One False Move". 

Soon, Paxton was being cast in strong supporting roles in such films as, "Tombstone" (1993) starring with Kurt Russell and Sam Elliott, "Apollo 13" (1995) starring with Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon, "True Lies" (1994), "Titanic" (1997) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, "U-571" (2000) starring Matthew McConaughey, Harvey Keitel, Thomas Kretschmann, Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Noseworthy, Will Estes and Tom Guiry and "Vertical Limit" (2000).  In addition to his many film roles he has also appeared on such television series as, "Miami Vice", "The Hitchhiker", "Tales from the Crypt" and one of his more well known roles on the series, "Big Love" (2006-2011) portraying, Bill Henrickson.    

In addition to working as an actor he has also been given the chance to work on the other side of the industry as a director as well as a producer for such films as, "Fish Heads" (1980), "Frailty" (2001), "The Greatest Game Ever Played" (2005) and the short, "Tattoo" (2011).  

Most recently, Paxton has appeared on the hit television mini series, "Hatfields & McCoys" (2012) and soon to release in 2013, "To Appomattox". 

Bill Paxton is currently married to his second wife, Louise Newbury whom he wed in 1987 and together they have two children.  Prior to this marriage, he wed Kelly Rowan in 1979 and they were married till 1980.


2013   To Appomattox

2013   The Colony

2012   Hatfields & McCoys
2012   Shanghai Calling 

2011   Haywire

2006-2011  Big Love 
2007   Big Love: In the Beginning 

2007   The Good Life 

2005   Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D 
2004   Haven 

2004   Thunderbirds 

2004   Club Dread
2003   Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 

2003   Resistance 

2003   Frasier 
2002   Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams

2001   Frailty 

2000   Vertical Limit
2000   U-571   

1998   Mighty Joe Young 
1998   A Simple Plan 

1998   A Bright Shining Lie 

1997   Titanic 
1997   Traveller 

1996   The Evening Star 

1996   Twister
1995   The Last Supper

1995   Apollo 13 

1995   Frank & Jesse 
1994   True Lies 

1994   Future Shock 

1993   Tombstone 
1993   Tales from the Crypt

1993   Monolith

1993   Indian Summer
1993   Boxing Helena 

1992   Trespass 

1992   The Vagrant 
1992   One False Move 

1991   The Dark Backward

1990   Predator 2
1990   Navy Seals 

1990   The Last of the Finest 

1990   Brain Dead
1989   Back to Back 

1989   Next of Kin 

1989   Slipstream
1989   New Order: Substance 

1988   Riding Fast 

1988   Pass the Ammo
1988   Reach

1987   Near Dark 

1987   The Hitchhiker 
1986   Miami Vice 

1986   Fresno 

1986   Aliens 
1985   An Early Frost

1985   Commando 

1985   Weird Science
1985   The Atlanta Child Murders 

1984   The Terminator 

1984   Impulse 
1984   Streets of Fire 

1984   Pat Benatar: Hit Videos 

1983   Mortuary 
1983   Deadly Lessons

1983   Night Warning 

1983   The Lords of Discipline 
1983   Great Day 

1983   Taking Tiger Mountain

1981   Stripes 
1980   The Six O'Clock Follies

1980   Fish Head

1975   Crazy Mama

Matinee Classics - Slipstream starring Bob Peck, Mark Hamill, Kitty Aldridge, Bill Paxton, Susan Leong, Alkis Kiitkos, Tony Alleff, Ben Kingsley and F. Murray Abraham

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