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Bill Paxton

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).

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May 17, 1955 In Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series Texas Rising 2015-05-25

Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 17 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Texas Rising
Poster of Hatfields & McCoys
Poster of Big Love
Poster of Frasier
Texas Rising Sam Houston 5 episodes, 2015 2015-05-25
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Unknown 2013-09-24
Hatfields & McCoys Randall McCoy 3 episodes, 2012 2012-05-28
America in Primetime Self / ... 2 episodes, 2011 2011-10-30
Who Do You Think You Are? Unknown 2010-03-05
Big Love Bill Henrickson 53 episodes, 2006-2011 2006-03-12
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Modern Marvels Unknown 1995-01-01
Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
American Experience Unknown 1988-10-04
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
The Atlanta Child Murders Campbell 2 episodes, 1985 1985-02-10
Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
The Hitchhiker Unknown 1983-11-23
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11