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Bill Paxton – MovieActors.com

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Paxton in ALIENS.

About Bill Paxton (1955 –)

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 at New World Pictures. This job lead to small roles.

In 1984 Bill Paxton had his first appearance, a small role in James Cameron's THE TERMINATOR. This was 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 in the Roger 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, including strong supporting roles as Wyatt Earp's naive younger brother Morgan in TOMBSTONE in 1993. He also played Fred Haise, 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.

He was also co-author and producer of the short film SCOOP in 1983. SCOOP won Bill Paxton an Honorable Mention at the 1983 USA Film Festival.

Actor Michael Biehn and Bill Paxton have 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 notable movie credits include...

EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014)
2 GUNS (2013)
SHANGHAI CALLING (2012)
HAYWIRE (2011)
THE GOOD LIFE (2007)
CLUB DREAD (2004)
THUNDERBIRDS (2004)
HAVEN (2004)
RESISTANCE (2003)
SPY KIDS 3-D: GAME OVER (2003)
SPY KIDS 2: ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS (2002)
FRAILTY (2001)
U-571 (2000)
VERTICAL LIMIT (2000)
A BRIGHT SHINING LIE (1998)
A SIMPLE PLAN (1998)
MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1998)
TRAVELLER (1997)
TITANIC (1997)
TWISTER (1996)
THE EVENING STAR (1996)
APOLLO 13 (1995)
THE LAST SUPPER (1995)
TRUE LIES (1994)
BOXING HELENA (1993)
TOMBSTONE (1993)
THE LAST OF THE FINEST (1990)
NAVY SEALS (1990)
NEXT OF KIN (1989)
WIERD SCIENCE (1985)
IMPULSE (1984)

Bill Paxton's television credits include...

HATFIELDS & MCCOYS (TV MINI-SERIES 2012)
BIG LOVE (TV SERIES) (2006-2011)
BIG LOVE: IN THE BEGINNING (TV SERIES) (2007)
FRASIER (TV SERIES) (2003)
TALES FRO THE CRYPT (TV SERIES) (1993)
FRESNO (TV MINI-SERIES) (1986)
MIAMI VICE (TV SERIES) (1986)
THE ATLANTA CHILD MURDERS (1985)
AN EARLY FROST (TV MOVIE) (1983)
DEADLY LESSONS (TV MOVIE (1983)
THE SIX O'CLOCK FOLLIES (TV SERIES) (1980)

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Bill Paxton in APOLLO 13.

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Bill Paxton in TWISTER (1996).