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Bill Paxton

Birth Name: 
William Archibald Paxton
Birthday: 
Tuesday, May 17, 1955
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Birth Place: 
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Height: 
5' 11"

Bill Paxton was born William Archibald Paxton on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He moved to Los Angeles, California at age 18, 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 film Crazy Mama (1975), directed by Jonathan Demme. Moving to New York, Paxton studied acting under Stella Adler at New York University. After landing a small role in Stripes (1981), he found steady work in low-budget films and television. He also directed, wrote and produced award-winning short films including Fish Heads (1980), which aired on "Saturday Night Live" (1975). His first appearance in a James Cameron film was a small role in The Terminator (1984), followed by his very memorable performance as Private Hudson in Aliens (1986) and as the nomadic vampire Severen in Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark (1987). Bill also appeared in John Hughes' Weird Science (1985), as Wyatt Donnelly's sadistic older brother Chet. Although he continued to work steadily in film and television, his big break did not come until his lead role in the critically acclaimed film-noir One False Move (1992). This quickly led to strong supporting roles as Wyatt Earp's naive younger brother Morgan in Tombstone (1993) and as Fred Haise, one of the three astronauts, in Apollo 13 (1995), as well as in James Cameron's offering True Lies (1994).

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Bill Paxton Up To Direct Kung Fu

That someone is looking to direct the big screen adaptation of TV series Kung Fu is not surprising – after all, the show, which brought David Carradine much cult fame, has long been the target of attempts to turn it into a film.... Read more
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Bill Paxton Joins Kevin Costner in History Miniseries 'The Hatfields and McCoys'

History miniseries The Hatfields and McCoys adds Golden Globe nominee Bill Paxton to its cast.... Read more
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Reviews

Ghosts of the Abyss (BLU-RAY 3D)

After filming “Titanic,” James Cameron is back directing and starring in a documentary about Titanic. He lead an expedition to explore the Titanic in 2001 and the film, “Ghosts of the Abyss” was released in theaters in 2003.... Read more
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Big Love: Season 4 (PREVIEW)

Big Love is an HBO program about a polygamist Mormon family living in Utah. It stars Bill Paxton, Chloë Sevigny, and Jeanne Tripplehorn and is in its fourth season. ... Read more
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U-571 (BLU-RAY)

The entire movie seems like a great true story, only to figure out that it is a made up fable, of sorts, conglomerating a whole bunch of heroic stories into one made-up, over-the-top action film.  Regardless of that, it remains entertaining in the same vain as Hunt for the Red October.... Read more
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Twister (BLU-RAY)

I was never the biggest fan of this movie but it doesn’t have it’s entertainment value.  I’m just on the thought process that Helen Hunt and Bill Pullman are actually pretty bad actors, but I digress.... Read more
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The Greatest Game Ever Played

The Greatest Game Ever Played is the story of 20 year-old Francis Oiumet, a caddy and aspiring businessman who is plucked out of his lower-class life to compete as an amateur in the U.S.... Read more
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Videos

Nightcrawler (Trailer #1)

Nightcrawler (Trailer #1)

Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Ann Cuasack ... Read more
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Nightcrawler (Teaser Trailer)

Nightcrawler (Teaser Trailer)

Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, Rene Russo ... Read more
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Million Dollar Arm (Trailer #1)

Million Dollar Arm (Trailer #1)

In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace.... Read more
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The Colony (International Trailer)

The Colony (International Trailer)

The Colony starring Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Zegers, Bill Paxton, Charlotte Sullivan ... Read more
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Big Love Season 5 Extended TRAILER

Big Love Season 5 Extended TRAILER

Big Love Season 5 Extended Trailer ... Read more
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