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Encyclopedia > Bill Paxton
Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton, April 2007
Born William Paxton
May 17, 1955 (1955-05-17) (age 53)
Fort Worth, Texas
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Kelly Rowan (1979-1980)
Louise Newbury (1987-)

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Biography

Early life

Paxton was born in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Mary Lou (née Gray) and John Lane Paxton, who was a businessman, lumber wholesaler, museum executive, and occasional actor.[1] Paxton was raised in his mother's Catholic religion.[2][3][4] Paxton attended Arlington Heights High School in 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 Corman as 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. Nickname: Motto: Where the West Begins Location of Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas Coordinates: , Country State Counties Tarrant, Denton Government  - Mayor Michael J. Moncrief Area  - City 298. ... Née redirects here. ... For other uses, see Museum (disambiguation). ... Arlington Heights High School is a secondary school located in Fort Worth. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926), sometimes nicknamed King of the Bs for his output of B-movies (though he himself rejects this appellation as inaccurate), is a prolific American producer and director of low-budget exploitation movies, many of which are some of the most influential movies made. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Stella Adler (February 10, 1901 – December 21, 1992) was an American actress, and for decades was regarded as Americas foremost acting teacher. ...


Career

Paxton has played many distinctive and memorable characters including the sneering older brother Chet in John Hughes' Weird Science; Hudson, the loud-mouthed Colonial Marine Private William Hudson in James Cameron's Aliens; astronaut Fred Haise in Ron Howard's Apollo 13; the sadistic vampire Severen in Kathryn Bigelow's film Near Dark; a tornado researcher opposite Helen Hunt in the blockbuster Twister; the treasure hunter who Rose's story is told to 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 Henriksen would 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.) For other people with this name, see John Hughes John Hughes, Jr. ... For other uses, see Weird Science. ... For other persons named James Cameron, see James Cameron (disambiguation). ... This article is about the film; for the video games see Aliens (Square computer game) and Aliens (arcade game). ... Fred Wallace Haise, Jr. ... Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma) is an American actor, and an Academy Award winning film director, and producer, known for his roles on sitcoms, movies and television. ... Apollo 13 is a 1995 film portrayal of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970. ... ARSE FACE!(born 27 November 1951) is an American film director. ... Near Dark (1987) is a vampire Western film, written by Eric Red and Kathryn Bigelow, and directed by Bigelow. ... Helen Elizabeth Hunt (born June 15, 1963) is an American Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and Academy Award-winning actress, widely known for her role in the television sitcom Mad About You and her Academy Award-winning role in As Good As It Gets. ... Twister is a 1996 disaster film starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as storm chasers researching tornadoes. ... Titanic is a 1997 disaster romance film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... True Lies is a 1994 action/comedy remake of the 1991 French film La Totale!. It was directed by James Cameron, and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere, Charlton Heston and Art Malik. ... For the book by Harlan Coben, see One False Move (book). ... Lance Henriksen (born May 5, 1940) is an American actor, painter, and potter. ...


James Cameron gave Paxton the nick name "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. For other persons named James Cameron, see James Cameron (disambiguation). ... True Lies is a 1994 action/comedy remake of the 1991 French film La Totale!. It was directed by James Cameron, and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere, Charlton Heston and Art Malik. ... Categories: Weapon stubs | M e weapons ...


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. For other uses, see Titanic (disambiguation). ... Titanic is a 1997 disaster romance film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... Ghosts of the Abyss is a 2003 documentary made by filmmaker James Cameron after his Oscar winning film Titanic. ...


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 Devo members Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob Casale and 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 Wilson of the B-52's as a back-up vocalist and actor Judge Reinhold is 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 Franklin and Keith Sykes). He has also directed feature films: Frailty and The Greatest Game Ever Played. Martini Ranch concieved in 1982 by Andrew Todd (Rosenthal), Billy Bones (Skulls) & Cliff Roman (Wierdos) when Bones & Roman left in 1984 Andrew partnered up with Bill Paxton. ... Devo (pronounced DEE-vo or dee-VO, often spelled DEVO or DEV-O) is an American New Wave group formed in Akron, Ohio in 1972. ... Mark Mothersbaugh (born May 18, 1950, in Akron, Ohio) is an American musician, composer, singer, and painter. ... Bob Casale (born July 14, 1952), or Bob 2 is a keyboardist and rhythm/lead guitar player for the band Devo. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Cynthia Leigh Wilson (born February 28, 1957 in Athens, Georgia) is a member of The B-52s. ... The B-52s are a rock band from Athens, Georgia, the first of many from the college town that has become one of the most important centers in alternative rock. ... Judge Reinhold is the stage name of Edward Ernest Reinhold, Jr. ... Dr. Demento (born April 2, 1941) is the stage name of Barret (Barry) Hansen, who has made a successful career as a radio disc jockey specializing in novelty songs and pop music parodies. ... SNL redirects here. ... Ellen Burstyn (born December 7, 1932 as Edna Rae Gillooly in Detroit, Michigan) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Frailty is a 2001 film, directed by Bill Paxton and starring Bill Paxton and Matthew McConaughey. ... Promotional poster for The Greatest Game Ever Played The Greatest Game Ever Played is a 2005 biographical sports film, directed by Bill Paxton. ...


Paxton is often confused with Bill Pullman, an actor of similar ilk who takes on 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. William Pullman (born December 17, 1953) is an American film and television actor. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ...


Paxton is performing in the HBO drama 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.[5] For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Big Love (disambiguation). ... Paxton (seated) as Henrickson Bill Henrickson is the protagonist father in a polygamist family in the fictional HBO series Big Love, portrayed by Bill Paxton. ... The term polygamy (a Greek word meaning the practice of multiple marriage) is used in related ways in social anthropology, sociobiology, and sociology. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... 1968: Martin Landau, Mission: Impossible 1971: Peter Graves, Mission: Impossible 1973: Peter Falk, Columbo 1974: James Stewart, Hawkins 1975: Telly Savalas, Kojak 1976: Robert Blake, Baretta and Telly Savalas, Kojak 1977: Richard Jordan, The Captains and The Kings 1978: Ed Asner, Lou Grant 1979: Michael Moriarty, Holocaust 1980: Ed Asner... 65th Golden Globe Awards January 13, 2008 Picture - Drama: Picture - Musical or Comedy: TV Series - Drama: TV Series - Musical or Comedy: Miniseries or TV Movie: The 65th Golden Globe Awards, honouring the best in film and television of 2007, will be given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on 13...


Personal life

Paxton married Louise Newbury in 1987, and they have two children, James (born 1994) and Lydia (born 1997). 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 proving this, as an 8 year old Paxton can clearly be seen hoisted on the shoulders of an unidentified man.[6]


Nominations

  • Golden Globes 2008 Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama Big Love

The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

Filmography

For other uses, see Big Love (disambiguation). ... Promotional poster for The Greatest Game Ever Played The Greatest Game Ever Played is a 2005 biographical sports film, directed by Bill Paxton. ... Haven is a 2004 film directed by Frank E. Flowers set in the Cayman Islands, a British tax haven, which originally premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2004. ... Thunderbirds is a 2004 science fiction-adventure film based upon the Thunderbirds television series of the 1960s, directed by Jonathan Frakes. ... DVD case cover for Club Dread Club Dread is a 2004 comedy/horror film written by the comedy group Broken Lizard, who also created Super Troopers. ... Resistance is a war movie released in 2003. ... Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is the third film in the Spy Kids trilogy, written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. ... Ghosts of the Abyss is a 2003 documentary made by filmmaker James Cameron after his Oscar winning film Titanic. ... Spy Kids is a name of a movie trilogy released from 2001 to 2003. ... Frailty is a 2001 film, directed by Bill Paxton and starring Bill Paxton and Matthew McConaughey. ... Vertical Limit (2000) is an action movie/thriller directed by New Zealander Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, No Escape) starring, among others, Chris ODonnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney and Scott Glenn. ... U-571 is a 2000 movie directed by Jonathan Mostow, and starring Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Noseworthy, Will Estes, and Tom Guiry. ... Mighty Joe Young is a 1998 family film, and loose remake starring Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron and directed by Ron Underwood. ... A Simple Plan is a 1998 film starring Bill Paxton as Hank Mitchell, Billy Bob Thornton as Jacob, Brent Briscoe as Lou, and Bridget Fonda as Sarah. ... A Bright Shining Lie A Bright Shining Lie is a book by Neil Sheehan, a former New York Times reporter covering the Vietnam War, about U.S. Army retired Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann and the United States involvement in the Vietnam War. ... Traveller is an American film released in 1997, starring Bill Paxton, Mark Wahlberg, and Julianna Margulies. ... Titanic is a 1997 disaster romance film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... The Evening Star is a 1996 sequel to the Oscar-winning Terms of Endearment, starring Shirley MacLaine, who reprises the role of Aurora Greenway she played in the original film. ... Apollo 13 is a 1995 film portrayal of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970. ... The Last Supper is a 1995 black comedy and satirical thriller. ... True Lies is a 1994 action/comedy remake of the 1991 French film La Totale!. It was directed by James Cameron, and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere, Charlton Heston and Art Malik. ... The civil war made them outlaws. ... Tombstone is a 1993 Western movie written by Kevin Jarre and directed by its star Kurt Russell, with credited director George P. Cosmatos ghost-directing. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Trespass was a 1992 movie directed by Walter Hill. ... For the book by Harlan Coben, see One False Move (book). ... The Vagrant (1992) is horror/thriller/neo-noir/black comedy with psychological & suspence aspects together with reffrences to splatter/slasher. ... Predator 2 is a 1990 science fiction horror film starring Danny Glover and Gary Busey. ... Navy SEALs is a 1990 film, directed by Lewis Teague. ... Brain Dead, is a 1990 horror/psychological thriller starring Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton and George Kennedy and written by Charles Beaumont. ... Next of Kin is a 1989 action film directed by John Irvin and staring Patrick Swayze, Adam Baldwin, Liam Neeson and Helen Hunt. ... Slipstream is a 1989 adventure/science fiction film starring Bob Peck, Mark Hamill, Bill Paxton, and Kitty Aldridge. ... Pass the Ammo is a 1988 film starring Bill Paxton, Annie Potts, and Tim Curry. ... Near Dark (1987) is a vampire Western film, written by Eric Red and Kathryn Bigelow, and directed by Bigelow. ... Aliens is a 1986 science fiction movie starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser. ... Fresno is a 1986 TV film miniseries parodying the night-time soap operas of the day. ... For other uses, see Weird Science. ... Commando is a 1985 American action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... An Early Frost was the first major film to deal with the topic of HIV/AIDS. It was first broadcast on NBC on November 11, 1985. ... This article is about the first film in the series. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Lords of Discipline is a 1983 film based on the novel by Pat Conroy. ... Night Warning was one of the films labeled a video nasty. ... Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Warren Oates. ...

References

  1. ^ Bill Paxton Biography (1955-)
  2. ^ FAITHmag.com | Web Exclusive
  3. ^ LifeTeen.com - for Catholic Teenagers
  4. ^ Actor Bill Paxton : NPR
  5. ^ Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2008 Golden Globe Awards For The Year Ended December 31, 2007. HFPA (2007). Retrieved on 2007-12-13.
  6. ^ Unfair Park - The Day Bill Paxton Saw John F. Kennedy

is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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