Bill Paxton

BirthDay:

17 May 1955

BirthPlace:

Fort Worth, Texas, USA

BirthName:

William Paxton

Bio:

Bill Paxton was born William Paxton on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the son of Mary Lou (Gray) and John Lane Paxton, a businessman and actor (as John Paxton). Bill moved to Los Angeles, California at age 18, where he found work in the film industry as a set dresser for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his film debut in the Corman film Crazy Mama (1975), directed by Jonathan Demme. Moving to New York, Paxton studied acting under Stella Adler at New York University. After landing a small role in Stripes (1981), he found steady work in low-budget films and television. He also directed, wrote and produced award-winning short films including Fish Heads (1980), which aired on Saturday Night Live (1975). His first appearance in a James Cameron film was a small role in The Terminator (1984), followed by his very memorable performance as Private Hudson in Aliens (1986) and as the nomadic vampire Severen in Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark (1987). Bill also appeared in John Hughes' Weird Science (1985), as Wyatt Donnelly's sadistic older brother Chet. Although he continued to work steadily in film and television, his big break did not come until his lead role in the critically acclaimed film-noir One False Move (1992). This quickly led to strong supporting roles as Wyatt Earp's naive younger brother Morgan in Tombstone (1993) and as Fred Haise, one of the three astronauts, in Apollo 13 (1995), as well as in James Cameron's offering True Lies (1994).
Filmography

Actor ( 122 credits )

The Circle (2017)
Life Briefly (2017)
Term Life (2016)
Grand Theft Auto (2016) Jack Thompson
Mean Dreams (2016) Wayne Caraway
Training Day (2016)  Frank Rourke (1 episode, 2016)
Pixies (2015) Eddie Beck (voice)
Nightcrawler (2014)
Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Master Sergeant Farell
Million Dollar Arm (2014) Tom House
Red Wing (2013) Jim Verret
The Colony (2013) Mason
2 Guns (2013) Earl
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013)  John Garrett (7 episodes, 2014)
Movie Guide (2013)  Earl (1 episode, 2013)
The Queen Latifah Show (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Shanghai Calling (2012) Donald
Titanic: 100 Years On (2012) Himself
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Haywire (2011) John Kane
Tornado Alley (2011) Himself - Narrator
Curiosity (2011)  Himself - Host (US version) (1 episode, 2011)
America in Primetime (2011)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
Overheard (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
5 Things I Learned Today (2010)  Himself
Who Do You Think You Are? (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (4 episodes, 2009-2012)
The Jay Leno Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Séries express (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Do You Sleep in the Nude? (2007)
The Good Life (2007) Robbie
Big Love: In the Beginning (2007)  Bill Henrickson (2 episodes, 2007)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Pvt. Hudson (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006) Fred Haise (archive footage) (uncredited)
Big Love (2006)  Bill Henrickson / ... (53 episodes, 2006-2011)
Secret's Out (2006)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2007)
Rachael Ray (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005) Ed Mitchell (voice)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Derailroaded (2005) Himself (archive footage)
Haven (2004) Carl Ridley
Thunderbirds (2004) Jeff Tracy
Club Dread (2004) Coconut Pete
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Resistance (2003) Maj. Theodore 'Ted' Brice
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) Dinky Winks
The University Greys: From Students to Soldiers (2003) Narrator (voice)
Ghosts of the Abyss (2003) Himself
Shootout (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002) Dinky Winks
Festival Pass with Chris Gore (2002)  Himself
Frailty (2001) Dad Meiks
Anatomy of a Scene (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Vertical Limit (2000) Elliot Vaughn
U-571 (2000) Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dahlgren
Mighty Joe Young (1998) Professor Gregory 'Gregg' O'Hara
A Simple Plan (1998) Hank
Twister: Ride It Out (1998) Himself
Titanic (1997) Brock Lovett
Traveller (1997) Bokky
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Evening Star (1996) Jerry Bruckner
Twister (1996) Bill Harding
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The Last Supper (1995) Zachary Cody
Apollo 13 (1995) Fred Haise
Frank & Jesse (1995) Frank James
True Lies (1994) Simon
Future Shock (1994) Vince
Modern Marvels (1994)  Host (1 episode, 2003)
Monolith (1993) Tucker
Tombstone (1993) Morgan Earp
Indian Summer (1993) Jack Belston
Boxing Helena (1993) Ray O'Malley
Frasier (1993)  Ernie (1 episode, 2003)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Trespass (1992) Vince
The Vagrant (1992) Graham Krakowski
One False Move (1992) Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (3 episodes, 1996-2000)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
The Dark Backward (1991) Gus
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1998)
Predator 2 (1990) Jerry Lambert
Navy Seals (1990) Dane
The Last of the Finest (1990) Howard 'Hojo' Jones
Brain Dead (1990) Jim Reston
The Howard Stern Show (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 1991)
Back to Back (1989) Bo Brand
Next of Kin (1989) Gerald Gates
Slipstream (1989) Matt Owens
Tales from the Crypt (1989)  Billy DeLuca (1 episode, 1993)
Riding Fast (1988) Bobo
Pass the Ammo (1988) Jesse Wilkes
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2007-2012)
The American Experience (1988)  Himself - Reader (1 episode, 2001)
Near Dark (1987) Severen
Biography (1987)  Fred Haise in 'Apollo 13' (2 episodes, 1999-2008)
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater (1987)  Morgan Earp (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995)
Aliens (1986) Pvt. Hudson
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Commando (1985) Intercept Officer
Weird Science (1985) Chet Donnelly
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
The Terminator (1984) Punk Leader
Impulse (1984) Eddie
Streets of Fire (1984) Clyde the Bartender
Miami Vice (1984)  Vic Romano (1 episode, 1986)
Showbiz Today (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Mortuary (1983) Paul Andrews
The Lords of Discipline (1983) Gilbreath (as 'Wild' Bill Paxton)
Taking Tiger Mountain (1983) Billy Hampton
The Hitchhiker (1983)  Trout (1 episode, 1987)
Night Warning (1982) Eddie (as William Paxton)
Stripes (1981) Soldier
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
The Six O'Clock Follies (1980) (unknown episodes)
Fish Heads (1980) Main Character (uncredited)
Crazy Mama (1975) John (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Host / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1999)

Producer ( 4 credits )

Parkland (2013) producer
The Good Life (2007) executive producer
Traveller (1997) producer
Fish Heads (1980) producer

Writer ( 1 credit )

Tattoo (2011) (story)

Director ( 5 credits )

Tattoo (2011)
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
Frailty (2001)
Fish Heads (1980)
Saturday Night Live (1975) (1 episode, 1980)

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