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Also Known As: William Paxton, Paxton (Wild Bill) Died:
Born: May 17, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, musician, screenwriter, singer, set dresser

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After receiving his start playing larger than life goofs in the 1980s, actor Bill Paxton transformed himself from oddball character parts to a dramatic performer with considerable gravitas in acclaimed features and on television series. Paxton first gained significant notice as the bullying Chet in "Weird Science" (1985), before famously playing loud-mouthed Private Hudson for James Cameron in "Aliens" (1986). In the following decade, he was landing leading roles in movies like "Brain Dead" (1990), "The Vagrant" (1992), and "One False Move" (1992). After portraying Morgan Earp opposite Kurt Russell's Wyatt Earp in "Tombstone" (1993), Paxton graduated to a dependable featured player and leading man in blockbusters such as "Apollo 13" (1995), "Twister" (1996), and "Titanic" (1997), while maintaining a footing in smaller films like "Traveller" (1997), "A Simple Plan" (1998) and "Frailty" (2002), the latter of which also marked his debut as a feature director. Having spent his entire career in features, Paxton starred in his first TV drama a polygamist husband of three wives on HBO's acclaimed series "Big Love" (2006-2011), a role that earned him widespread acclaim while opening new doors for his career....

After receiving his start playing larger than life goofs in the 1980s, actor Bill Paxton transformed himself from oddball character parts to a dramatic performer with considerable gravitas in acclaimed features and on television series. Paxton first gained significant notice as the bullying Chet in "Weird Science" (1985), before famously playing loud-mouthed Private Hudson for James Cameron in "Aliens" (1986). In the following decade, he was landing leading roles in movies like "Brain Dead" (1990), "The Vagrant" (1992), and "One False Move" (1992). After portraying Morgan Earp opposite Kurt Russell's Wyatt Earp in "Tombstone" (1993), Paxton graduated to a dependable featured player and leading man in blockbusters such as "Apollo 13" (1995), "Twister" (1996), and "Titanic" (1997), while maintaining a footing in smaller films like "Traveller" (1997), "A Simple Plan" (1998) and "Frailty" (2002), the latter of which also marked his debut as a feature director. Having spent his entire career in features, Paxton starred in his first TV drama a polygamist husband of three wives on HBO's acclaimed series "Big Love" (2006-2011), a role that earned him widespread acclaim while opening new doors for his career. By the time he co-starred opposite Kevin Costner in "Hatfields & McCoys" (History Channel, 2012), Paxton was a veteran performer capable of keeping audiences constantly surprised by the breadth of his versatility.

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  Frailty (2002) Director

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 Strange But True (2014)
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 Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
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 Dawn Patrol (2014)
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 Red Wing (2013)
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 Two Guns (2013)
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 Colony, The (2013)
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 Haywire (2012)
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 Good Life, The (2007)
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 Thunderbirds (2004) Jeff Tracy
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1974:
Worked as a set decorator for Roger Corman's New World Pictures
1975:
Feature debut as an extra in Jonathan Demme's "Crazy Mama"
:
Left Los Angeles to study acting in New York
1980:
Directed and starred in the cult short "Fish Heads" for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
1981:
Made film debut in the slasher film, "Mortuary" (released in 1983)
1981:
First released film, Ivan Reitman's "Stripes"
1983:
Made his TV debut on the unsold CBS pilot "Great Day"
1984:
First worked for director James Cameron, playing a small role in "The Terminator"
1985:
Cast in a memorable role as the sneering older brother Chet in John Hughes' "Weird Science"
1986:
Played the loud-mouthed Private William Hudson in Cameron's "Aliens"
1990:
Co-starred in "Predator 2" with Danny Glover and Gary Busey
1992:
First lead role in a feature, "One False Move"; co-written by Billy Bob Thornton
1993:
Co-starred in "Indian Summer," written and directed by Mike Binder
1994:
Re-teamed with Cameron for a supporting role in "True Lies"
1995:
Co-starred with Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon in the Ron Howard directed "Apollo 13," about the ill-fated lunar mission of the same name in 1970
1996:
Co-starred with Helen Hunt, as 'storm chasers' researching tornadoes, in "Twister"
1997:
Feature producing debut, "Traveler"; also starred
1997:
Appeared in the modern-day wraparound sequences of Cameron's Oscar-winning blockbuster "Titanic"
1998:
Portrayed John Paul Vann in the HBO movie "A Bright Shining Lie"
1998:
Co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton in "A Simple Plan"
2000:
Portrayed the captain of an American submarine in the WWII thriller "U-571"
2001:
Made feature directorial debut with "Frailty"
2002:
Cast in "Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams"
2004:
Cast in the comedy "Broken Lizard's Club Dread"
2004:
Starred in "Thunderbirds," based on the cult British television show from the 1960s; directed by Jonathan Frakes
2005:
Directed "The Greatest Game Ever Played," a golf drama based on the true story of the 1913 U.S. Open
2006:
Starred in the HBO drama "Big Love" as a Utah man who practiced polygamy; earned Golden Globe (2007, 2008, 2009) nominations for Best Actor in a Drama Series
2006:
Played a corrupt Miami businessman in "Haven"
2012:
Joined an all-star cast including Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas in the action thriller "Haywire," directed by Steven Soderbergh
2012:
Co-starred with Kevin Costner in The History Channel miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys"
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Education

Southwest Texas State University: San Marcos , Texas -
New York University: New York , New York -
Arlington Heights High School: Fort Worth , Texas -

Notes

"In this business, it's winner-take-all. There is no second place. But it's also a waiting game, and you figure your number has got to come up at some point" --Paxton on working in the entertainment industry, USA TODAY, July 7, 1995

Paxton is one half of the musical group Martini Ranch. They received some airplay with the song "How Can the Laboring Man Find Time For Self-Culture?" James Cameron directed their video for a song entitled "Reach".

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wife:
Louise Paxton. British.

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father:
John Lane Paxton. Businessman.
mother:
Mary Lou Paxton.
son:
James Paxton. Born on February 23, 1994.
daughter:
Lydia Paxton. Born on December 19, 1997.
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