- Bill Paxton
name = Bill Paxton
caption = Bill Paxton, April 2007
birthdate = birth date and age|1955|5|17
birthname = William Paxton
birthplace = Fort Worth,
yearsactive = 1974–present
sagawards = Best Cast - Motion Picture
1995 "Apollo 13"
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor (film)
spouse = Kelly Rowan (1979-1980)
Louise Newbury (1987-)
William "Bill" Paxton (born
May 17, 1955) is an American actorand film director. He gained in popularityafter his staring roles in the movies Apollo 13 and Twister. He is currently working on the third season of the HBOseries Big Lovewhich will premiere on January 25, 2009.
Paxton was born in
Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Mary Lou (née Gray) and John Lane Paxton, who was a businessman, lumber wholesaler, museumexecutive, and occasional actor. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/82/Bill-Paxton.html Bill Paxton Biography (1955-) ] ] Paxton was raised in his mother's Catholicreligion. [ [http://www.faithmag.com/exclusive/oct05-billpaxton.html FAITHmag.com | Web Exclusive ] ] [ [http://www.lifeteen.com/default.aspx?PageID=FEATUREDETAIL&__DocumentId=99981&__ArticleIndex=2 LifeTeen.com - for Catholic Teenagers ] ] [ [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1151032 Actor Bill Paxton : NPR ] ] Paxton attended Arlington Heights High Schoolin Fort Worth, Texas and then Texas State University (called Southwest Texas State at that time) in San Marcos, TX and then moved to Los Angeles and began working for director Roger Cormanas a set designer on his films. Exposure to films and actors at that age influenced his decision to pursue acting and led Paxton to relocate to New York City, where he studied with Stella Adler.
Paxton has played many distinctive and memorable characters including the sneering older brother Chet in John Hughes' "Weird Science"; the loud-mouthed Colonial Marine Private William Hudson in
James Cameron's "Aliens"; astronaut Fred Haisein Ron Howard's "Apollo 13"; the sadistic vampire Severen in Kathryn Bigelow's film " Near Dark"; tornado researcher Bill Harding opposite Helen Huntin the blockbuster "Twister"; the treasure hunter to whom Rose's story is told in "Titanic" and the sleazy car salesman in " True Lies". Notable is the performance Paxton delivered in Carl Franklin's critically acclaimed " One False Move". Paxton has the unique distinction of being the only actor who has played characters killed by an Alien (as Private Hudson in "Aliens"), a Predator (as Jerry Lambert in "Predator 2"), and a Terminator (as the punk leader in "The Terminator", he also had a cameo role in Terminator 2 as a resistance soldier but was not killed). ( Lance Henriksenwould be worthy of this distinction but for the word 'kill': his android character was dismembered but still functional and he requested deactivation in the sequel.) James Camerongave Paxton the nickname "Knuckles." In a local bar during the filming of " True Lies", Paxton warned off a disgruntled local by donning an iron knuckleduster given to him by Lance Henriksen.
Paxton appeared as a treasure hunter searching for a diamond at the wreckage of the "Titanic" in the 1997 film. Four years later, he joined James Cameron on an expedition to the actual "Titanic"; a film about this trip, "
Ghosts of the Abyss", was released in 2003.
In 1988, he and vocalist/guitarist Andrew Todd formed the short-lived rock duo
Martini Ranch. They recorded and released an album entitled "Holy Cow" (the band's only release), which included input from Devomembers Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob Casaleand Alan Myers (all of whom contributed to the album's modest hit "How Can the Labouring Man Find Time For Self-Culture?"), along with Cindy Wilsonof the B-52'sas a back-up vocalist and actor Judge Reinholdis credited as a whistler on "Reach". Paxton has also directed a number of short films, including " Fish Heads", which aired during Saturday Night Live's low-rated 1980-1981 season on the episode hosted by Ellen Burstyn(with musical guests Aretha Franklinand Keith Sykes). He has also directed feature films: " Frailty" and " The Greatest Game Ever Played".
Paxton is often confused with
Bill Pullman, an actor known for similar roles as Paxton. This is parodied in both " the Simpsons" when the audience at the cinema confuse them and Homer corrects them on the matter and when Paxton hosted Saturday Night Live in 1999.
Paxton is performing in the
HBOdrama " Big Love" as Bill Henrickson, the head of a polygamous family in Utah. He was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Drama in 2007 for the role.Cite web|url=http://www.goldenglobes.org/news/id/81|title=Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2008 Golden Globe Awards For The Year Ended December 31 2007|accessdate=2007-12-13|publisher=HFPA|year=2007]
Paxton married Louise Newbury in 1987, and they have two children, James (born 1994) and Lydia (born 1997).
An 8 year old Paxton was in the crowd waving when President Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas in Ft. Worth the morning of Nov. 22, 1963. There are pictures at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas where the young Paxton can clearly be seen astride the shoulders of an unidentified man. [ [http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2007/03/the_day_bill_paxton_saw_john_f.php Unfair Park - The Day Bill Paxton Saw John F. Kennedy ] ]
Golden Globes2008 Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama "Big Love"
Crazy Mama" (1975)
*"Fish Heads" (1980)
Night Warning" (1983)
Taking Tiger Mountain" (1983)
Deadly Lessons" (1983)
*"The Lords of Discipline" (1983)
Streets of Fire" (1984)
*"The Terminator" (1984)
An Early Frost" (1985)
*"The Atlanta Child Murders" (1985)
*"Weird Science" (1985)
Near Dark" (1987)
Pass the Ammo" (1988)
*"Next of Kin" (1989)
The Last of the Finest" (1990)
*"Brain Dead" (1990)
*"Back to Back" (1990)
*"Navy Seals" (1990)
Predator 2" (1990)
The Dark Backward" (1991)
*"The Vagrant" (1992)
One False Move" (1992)
*"Indian Summer" (1993)
*" Future Shock" (1993)
Boxing Helena" (1993)
Frank and Jesse" (1994)
True Lies" (1994)
*"The Last Supper" (1995)
*"Apollo 13" (1995)
The Evening Star" (1996)
A Bright Shining Lie" (1998)
*"A Simple Plan" (1998)
*"Mighty Joe Young" (1998)
Twister...Ride it Out" (1998)
Vertical Limit" (2000)
Ghosts of the Abyss" (2003)
Club Dread" (2004)
The Greatest Game Ever Played" (2005)
Big Love" (2006)
*"The Good Life" (2007)
The Slammin' Salmon" (2008)
* [http://www.lifeteen.com/default.aspx?PageID=FEATUREDETAIL&__DocumentId=99981&__ArticleIndex=2 Bill Paxton interview on LIFETEEN.com]
*imdb name|id=0000200|name=Bill Paxton
* [http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&id=1800015291&cf=gen&intl=us Bill Paxton page on Yahoo! Movies]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcXA_pkfLso Fish Heads Video]
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