For the computer scientist, see Bill Paxton (computer scientist). William Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017) was an American actor, filmmaker, and musician. He appeared in films such as Weird Science (1985), Near Dark (1987), Aliens (1986), Tombstone (1993), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), and Titanic (1997).
Bill Paxton, Actor: Aliens. Bill Paxton was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Mary Lou (Gray) and John Lane Paxton, a businessman and actor (as John Paxton). Bill moved to Los Angeles, California at age eighteen, 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 ...
Feb 26, 2017 · Bill Paxton Dead at 61 Due to Complications from Surgery. "Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable," a family rep said in a ...
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Bill Paxton was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Mary Lou (Gray) and John Lane Paxton, a businessman and actor (as John Paxton).Bill moved to Los Angeles, California at age eighteen, where he found work in the film industry as a set dresser for Roger Corman's New World Pictures.
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Feb 27, 2017 · Bill Paxton, the actor known for starring in films such as "Twister" and "Apollo 13," died on Saturday due to complications from surgery, according to a family statement.
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- Film Career: 'Titanic,' 'Apollo 13' and 'Twister'
- Television Roles: 'Big Love'
Paxton was born on May 17, 1955, in Fort Worth, Texas, where his father worked in the family's lumber business. Paxton's father was also a supporter of the arts, and he frequently took his children to the movies and other cultural events. Paxton showed an early interest in moviemaking. After graduating from Arlington Heights High School in 1973, he spent time studying at Richmond College in England with his friend Danny Martin. There Paxton met fellow Texan Tom Huckabee. The three made Super 8 movies together when they returned to Texas. In January 1974, Paxton decided to move to Los Angeles to break into the film industry. His first job was as a production assistant on an industrial film for Encyclopedia Britannica, a gig he landed through a friend of his father. Paxton then worked as a set dresser for the king of B-movies, Roger Corman, for a time. Before long he landed his first role—a small part in the Jonathan Demme–directed Crazy Mama(1975). At the age of 21, Paxton headed eas...
In 1980, Paxton had some success with a short film he made called Fish Heads, which was shown on Saturday Night Live. He landed a series of small roles, appearing in such films as the 1983 military school drama The Lords of Discipline and the science-fiction hit The Terminator (1984), directed by James Cameron. He later rejoined Cameron for another sci-fi classic, Aliens(1986). One of his most memorable early roles was in John Hughes' Weird Science (1985) starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Kelly LeBrock. In the film, he played the evil older brother of one of the lead characters, a villainous turn that left a lasting impression on many moviegoers. After years of playing character roles, Paxton showed his abilities as a lead actor in One False Move(1992), co-starring Billy Bob Thornton. He earned rave reviews for his portrayal of a small-town lawman involved in the pursuit of two dangerous criminals, his work on this small independent thriller leading to much bigg...
After several years of lackluster film roles, Paxton landed the leading role in a new television series. Big Love, which debuted in 2006, followed the lives of Bill Henrickson, a Utah businessman and polygamist, and his three wives, played by Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin. "I've always thought that the show is a metaphor for untraditional couples and untraditional families. We live in a modern society, where the traditional man-woman union isn't the only accepted norm anymore," he told Vanity Fair. Paxton earned numerous positive reviews and three Golden Globe nominations for his work on the series. Despite his character's unusual beliefs and practices, he succeeded at making Henrickson believable and real. As one critic put it, Paxton "takes what might have been an unsavory creep and makes him sweet, even universal: the ultimate overtaxed man." After Big Love ended in 2011, Paxton moved on to other projects. He played Randall McCoy, across from Kevin Costne...
Paxton died on February 25, 2017, after suffering a fatal stroke following heart surgery. He was 61. A representative for his family described the actor in a statement: "A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable." His friends, co-stars and fans expressed their condolences on social media.