Sometimes Bill Paxton is credited as Pete Lautrec, Peter
LeTrek, Wild Bill his nickname and William Paxton which is
his birth name.
Earning the nickname "Wild Bill" with friends and co-stars
for his crazed sense of humor and his love for elaborate pranks.
When Bill Paxton was 18, he found work in the film industry
as a set dresser for Roger Corman's at New World Pictures.
This job lead to small roles.
In 1984, Bill Paxton had his first appearance in a James Cameron
film it was a small role in THE TERMINATOR. This followed by his
memorable performance as Private Hudson in ALIENS in 1986. He also played the nomadic vampire Severen in Kathryn Bigelow's
NEAR DARK in 1987.
In 1985, he played Corman film CRAZY MAMA
directed by Jonathan Demme.
It would not be until 1992, when Bill Paxton would get his
big break in the lead role in the critically acclaimed film
ONE FALSE MOVE.
ONE FALSE MOVE lead to greater things, like a strong supporting
roles as Wyatt Earp's naive younger brother Morgan in TOMBSTONE
in 1993. He also played Fred Haise, and as one of the three astronauts
in APOLLO 13 in 1995.
In 1982, Bill Paxton Directed the theatrical short FISH HEADS. Fish Heads
won a Special Award at the Melbourne Film Festival.
Co-author and producer of the short film SCOOP in 1983. SCOOP won Bill Paxton a Honorable Mention at the 1983 USA
In the movie ALIENS (1986) Bill Paxton is one of only two actors, along with Lance Henrickson. He is also killed by a Predator in PREDATOR 2 in 1990, and by a Terminator
in TERMINATOR in 1984.
Actor Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton has appeared in 5 films together:
THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE in 1983, THE TERMINATOR in 1984, ALIENS
in 1986, NAVY SEALS in 1990 and TOMBSTONE in 1993.
Bill Paxton's other notable film credits include: