61 (passed away Feb. 26th, 2017)
May. 17th, 1955
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Bill Paxton's Main TV Roles
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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).
- Son of 'John Paxton (II)' (qv).
- Co-authored and produced the short, Scoop (1983), which won a Honorable Mention at the 1983 USA Film Festival.
- Attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas. The same high school as 'John Denver' (qv) and 'Lee Harvey Oswald' (qv) (who left before he graduated).
- 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)).
- Learned to speak German to prepare for his part in the 'Pat Benatar' (qv) video, "Shadows of the Night."
- Met his current wife, Louise, on a number 13 bus in London. She is his second wife.
- 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.
- Directed the theatrical short 'Fish Heads (1982)' which won a Special Award at the 1982 Melbourne Film Festival.