Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton

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
Hatfields and McCoys TV Show
Hatfields and McCoys

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Nightcrawlers
2014 - Million Dollar Arm
2014 - Edge of Tomorrow
2007 - The Good Life
2004 - Thunderbirds
2004 - Club Dread
2004 - Haven
2003 - Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
2003 - Ghost's Of The Abyss
2001 - Frailty
2000 - Vertical Limit
2000 - U-571
1998 - A Simple Plan
1998 - Mighty Joe Young
1997 - Titanic
1996 - The Evening Star
1996 - Twister
1995 - Apollo 13
1995 - The Last Supper
1994 - True Lies
1993 - Tombstone
1993 - Indian Summer
1993 - Boxing Helena
1992 - Trespass
1992 - One False Move
1990 - Navy Seals
1990 - Brain Dead
1990 - Predator 2
1989 - Next of Kin
1989 - Slipstream
1987 - Near Dark
1986 - Aliens
1985 - Commando
1985 - Weird Science
1984 - Streets of Fire
1984 - Impulse
1984 - The Terminator
1981 - Stripes

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Man in 'Fish Heads'
Billy DeLuca
Himself - Host (US version)
Vic Romano
Ernie (Voiced)
[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).

  • For his role on _Tombstone (1993)_ (qv), he was trained by renowned Hollywood Gun Coach 'Thell Reed' (qv), who has also trained such actors as: 'Kurt Russell (I)' (qv), 'Val Kilmer' (qv), 'Sam Elliot' (qv), 'Leonardo DiCaprio' (qv), 'Girard Swan' (qv), 'Michael Biehn' (qv) and 'Ben Foster (I)' (qv).
  • Has appeared in five films with 'Michael Biehn' (qv): _The Lords of Discipline (1983)_ (qv), _The Terminator (1984)_ (qv), _Aliens (1986)_ (qv), _Navy Seals (1990)_ (qv), _Tombstone (1993)_ (qv).
  • Learned to speak German to prepare for his part in the 'Pat Benatar' (qv) video, "Shadows of the Night."
  • Has two children with 'Louise Newbury' (qv): 'James Paxton' (qv) (b. 1994) and Lydia (b. 19 December 1997).
  • Member of the 1980s rock band Martini Ranch. 'James Cameron (I)' (qv) directed a video for their song "Reach" featuring many Cameron alumni ('Kathryn Bigelow' (qv), 'Lance Henriksen' (qv), 'Jenette Goldstein' (qv)).
  • 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.
  • Bill's paternal grandfather was friend and neighbor to the great American painter, Thomas Hart Benton.
  • Directed the theatrical short 'Fish Heads (1982)' which won a Special Award at the 1982 Melbourne Film Festival.

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