Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton

61 (passed away Feb. 26th, 2017)
May. 17th, 1955
Born in
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
5' 11

Bill Paxton's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Big Love TV Show
Big Love
Training Day TV Show
Training Day
Texas Rising TV Show
Texas Rising
Hatfields and McCoys TV Show
Hatfields and McCoys

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Nightcrawlers
2014 - Million Dollar Arm
2014 - Edge of Tomorrow
2013 - 2 Guns
2013 - Red Wing
2012 - Haywire
2007 - The Good Life
2004 - Club Dread
2004 - Thunderbirds
2003 - Résistance
2003 - Ghost's Of The Abyss
2003 - Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
2001 - Frailty
2000 - U-571
2000 - Vertical Limit
1998 - Mighty Joe Young
1998 - A Simple Plan
1997 - Titanic
1996 - The Evening Star
1996 - Twister
1994 - True Lies
1993 - Boxing Helena
1993 - Tombstone
1993 - Indian Summer
1992 - One False Move
1992 - Trespass
1991 - The Dark Backward
1990 - Navy Seals
1990 - Predator 2
1990 - Brain Dead
1989 - Slipstream
1989 - Next of Kin
1987 - Near Dark
1986 - Aliens
1985 - Commando
1985 - Weird Science
1984 - Streets of Fire
1984 - The Terminator
1984 - Impulse
1981 - Stripes

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Host
Billy DeLuca
Narrator (US version)
Himself - Guest
Vic Romano
[Complete List]


Bill Paxton moved to Los Angeles at 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, he studied acting under 'Stella Adler' at New York University.

After landing a small role in Stripes (1981), Paxton found steady work in low-budget films and TV. He also directed, wrote and produced award-winning short films including Fish Heads (1982) which aired on Saturday Night Live (1975). His first appearance in a 'James Cameron' film was a small role in The Terminator (1984) followed hard 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's sadistic older brother Chet.

Although he continued to work steadily in film and TV, 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).

  • Inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame during their annual induction gala at Austin Studios in Austin, Texas on March 9, 2007 for his career achievement in the motion picture film industry. The Texas Film Hall of Fame inductees are native-born Texans who have achieved excellence in their film career.
  • Bill had rheumatic fever in the 7th grade. It kept him hospitalized for a month and bed-ridden for four months. He had to take regular doses of penicillin until he was 18.
  • Directed the theatrical short 'Fish Heads (1982)' which won a Special Award at the 1982 Melbourne Film Festival.
  • Was the first choice as Robert Langdon in _The Da Vinci Code (2006)_ (qv). He turned the part down because he was already signed for _"Big Love" (2006)_ (qv). 'Tom Hanks' (qv) was cast for the film instead.
  • He has earned the nickname "Wild Bill" among friends and co-stars for his apparently crazed sense of humor and his love for elaborate pranks.
  • As a teen, Bill caddied for golf great 'Ben Hogan' (qv) in Fort Worth.
  • Learned to speak German to prepare for his part in the 'Pat Benatar' (qv) video, "Shadows of the Night."
  • Co-authored and produced the short, Scoop (1983), which won a Honorable Mention at the 1983 USA Film Festival.

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