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Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton has been working steadily as an actor in Hollywood for the past 25 years. In that time he has amassed a large and diverse body of work in every genre. He has appeared in several blockbusters including; Titanic, Aliens, Twister, Tombstone, True Lies, Apollo 13, U-571 and Vertical Limit."

In addition, he's worked as a producer on the feature film Traveler, and as a director on Frailty and The Greatest Game Ever Played.

Moving to Hollywood from Fort Worth, Texas at 18, Paxton began his career as a set dresser on Roger Corman's Big Bad Mama. After working in the art department on several features, he moved to New York to study acting. Returning to Los Angeles in 1980, he met James Cameron while moonlighting as a set dresser on the low-budget sci-fi movie Galaxy of Terror. Subsequently he started landing his first acting jobs, in the B-horror movies Mortuary and Night Warning.

After gaining critical attention in the John Hughes comedy Weird Science, Paxton's performance as the small-town sheriff in Carl Franklin's One False Move marked his emergence as a leading man. In 1998, Roger Ebert cited Paxton as his best actor choice for his turn as Hank Mitchell in Sam Raimi's A Simple Plan. In addition, he received a Golden Globe nomination that year for his performance as Colonel John Paul Vann in HBO's A Bright Shining Lie.

Paxton is also known as a cult favorite for his work in movies including Near Dark, Boxing Helena, Streets of Fire, The Dark Backwards and Broken Lizard's Club Dread. Other credits include Mighty Joe Young, Thunderbirds, Trespass, Indian Summer, The Evening Star, Pass the Ammo, Frank and Jesse, Navy Seals, Predator 2 and The Vagrant.

Paxton is the first and only actor to have visited the wreck site of the Titanic with James Cameron for the documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, making four descents two and a half miles down to the bottom of the North Atlantic.

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Bill Paxton Facts

Birth NameWilliam Paxton
BirthdayMay 17, 1955 (67)
BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, USA
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is Bill Paxton compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Scaredy Pants/I Was a Teenage Gary
Mean Dreams
Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow
True Lies
The Terminator
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