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Born: May 17, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Profession: Cast ...
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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"
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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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