Bill Paxton (1955–2017)

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Bill Paxton was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Mary Lou (Gray) and John Lane Paxton, a businessman and actor (as John Paxton). Bill moved to Los Angeles, California at age eighteen, 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 ... See full bio »

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Aliens Private Hudson
Frailty Dad Meiks
Apollo 13 Fred Haise
Twister Bill Harding


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 2019 Taking Tiger Mountain Revisited
Billy Hampton
 2017 Training Day (TV Series)
Det. Frank Rourke
- Elegy: Part 2 (2017) ... Det. Frank Rourke
- Elegy (2017) ... Det. Frank Rourke
- Tunnel Vision (2017) ... Det. Frank Rourke
- Sunset (2017) ... Det. Frank Rourke
- Bad Day at Aqua Mesa (2017) ... Det. Frank Rourke
 2017/I The Circle
 2016 Mean Dreams
Wayne Caraway
 2016 Term Life
Joe Keenan
 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Exo Zombies (Video Game)
Kahn (voice)
 2015 The Gamechangers (TV Movie)
Jack Thompson
 2015 Texas Rising (TV Mini-Series)
Sam Houston
- The Rise of the Republic (2015) ... Sam Houston
- Vengeance Is Mine (2015) ... Sam Houston
- Blood for Blood (2015) ... Sam Houston
- Fate and Fury (2015) ... Sam Houston
- From the Ashes (2015) ... Sam Houston
 2015 Pixies
Eddie Beck (voice)
 2014 Nightcrawler
Joe Loder
 2014 Edge of Tomorrow
Master Sergeant Farell
 2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV Series)
John Garrett
- Beginning of the End (2014) ... John Garrett
- Ragtag (2014) ... John Garrett
- Providence (2014) ... John Garrett
- Turn, Turn, Turn (2014) ... John Garrett
- End of the Beginning (2014) ... John Garrett
 2014 Million Dollar Arm
Tom House
 2013 Red Wing
Jim Verret
 2013 2 Guns
 2013 Head Smash: The Prequel (Short)
Maurice (voice)
 2013/I The Colony
 2012 Hatfields & McCoys (TV Mini-Series)
Randall McCoy
- Episode #1.3 (2012) ... Randall McCoy
- Episode #1.2 (2012) ... Randall McCoy
- Episode #1.1 (2012) ... Randall McCoy
 2012 Sky Soldier (TV Movie)
 2012 Shanghai Calling
 2011 Haywire
John Kane
 2006-2011 Big Love (TV Series)
Bill Henrickson
- Where Men and Mountains Meet (2011) ... Bill Henrickson
- Exorcism (2011) ... Bill Henrickson
- The Noose Tightens (2011) ... Bill Henrickson
- Til Death Do Us Part (2011) ... Bill Henrickson
- D.I.V.O.R.C.E. (2011) ... Bill Henrickson
 2007 Big Love: In the Beginning (TV Series)
Bill Henrickson
- Moving Day (2007) ... Bill Henrickson
- Meet the Babysitter (2007) ... Bill Henrickson
 2007 The Good Life
 2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (Documentary short)
Ed Mitchell (voice)
 2004/I Haven
Carl Ridley
 2004 Thunderbirds
Jeff Tracy
 2004 Club Dread
Coconut Pete
 2003 Limp Bizkit: Eat You Alive (Video short)
 2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
Dinky Winks
 2003 Frasier (TV Series)
- Analyzed Kiss (2003) ... Ernie (voice)
 2003 Resistance
Maj. Theodore 'Ted' Brice
 2001 Frailty
Dad Meiks
 2000 Vertical Limit
Elliot Vaughn
 2000 U-571
Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dahlgren
 1998 Mighty Joe Young
Gregg O'Hara
 1998 A Simple Plan
 1998 A Bright Shining Lie (TV Movie)
John Paul Vann
 1998 Twister: Ride It Out (Video short)
Bill Paxton
 1997 Titanic
Brock Lovett
 1997 Traveller
 1996 The Evening Star
Jerry Bruckner
 1996/I Twister
Bill Harding
 1995/I The Last Supper
Zachary Cody
 1995/I Apollo 13
Fred Haise
 1994 Frank & Jesse
Frank James
 1994 True Lies
 1994 Future Shock
 1993 Tombstone
Morgan Earp
 1993 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Billy DeLuca
- People Who Live in Brass Hearses (1993) ... Billy DeLuca
 1993 Monolith
 1993 Indian Summer
Jack Belston
 1993 Boxing Helena
Ray O'Malley
 1992 Trespass
 1992 The Vagrant
Graham Krakowski
 1992 One False Move
Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon
 1991 The Dark Backward
 1990 Predator 2
Jerry Lambert
 1990 Navy Seals
 1990 The Last of the Finest
Howard 'Hojo' Jones
 1990 Brain Dead
Jim Reston
 1989 New Order: Substance (Video short) (video "Touched by the Hand of God") (uncredited)
 1989 The Roommate (Short)
 1989 Back to Back
Bo Brand
 1989 Next of Kin
Gerald Gates
 1989 Slipstream
Matt Owens
 1988 Pass the Ammo
Jesse Wilkes
 1988 Martini Ranch: Reach (Video short)
The Outlaw
 1987 Near Dark
 1987 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series)
- Made for Each Other (1987) ... Trout
 1986 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Vic Romano
- Streetwise (1986) ... Vic Romano
 1986 Fresno (TV Mini-Series)
Billy Joe Bobb
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Billy Joe Bobb
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Billy Joe Bobb
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Billy Joe Bobb
- The Raisin Basket of the World (1986) ... Billy Joe Bobb
 1986 Aliens
Private Hudson
 1985 An Early Frost (TV Movie)
Bob Maracek
 1985 Commando
Intercept Officer
 1985 Weird Science
Chet Donnelly
 1985 The Atlanta Child Murders (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Campbell
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Campbell
 1984 Pat Benatar: Hit Videos (Video short)
Radio Operator (Radio Operator (segment "Shadows of the Night")
 1984 The Terminator
Punk Leader
 1984 Impulse
 1984 Streets of Fire
Clyde the Bartender
 1983 Great Day (TV Movie)
 1983 Taking Tiger Mountain
Billy Hampton
 1983/I Mortuary
Paul Andrews
 1983 Deadly Lessons (TV Movie)
Eddie Fox
 1983 The Lords of Discipline
Gilbreath (as 'Wild' Bill Paxton)
 1983 Reckless and in Love
 1982 Pat Benatar: Shadows of the Night (Video short)
Radio Operator
 1982 McClain's Law (TV Series)
- To Save the Queen (1982) ... Michael
 1981 Barnes & Barnes: Love Tap (Short)
The Man (uncredited)
 1981 Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker
Eddie (as William Paxton)
 1981 Stripes
 1980 Barnes & Barnes: Fish Heads (Short)
Main Character (uncredited)
 1980 The Six O'Clock Follies (TV Series)
 1975 Crazy Mama
John (uncredited)
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Music video: Appeard in the New Order video "Touched by the Hand of God", directed by Kathryn Bigelow. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Pete Lautrec | 'Wild' Bill Paxton | William Paxton


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[on auditioning for The Doors (1991)] I read my ass off. At the time, I was doing Navy Seals (1990) and I flew up with short hair and a mustache to read for the lead. [Oliver Stone's] response was, "Well, I just don't see it". See more »


Bill and Glenne Headly played the parents of Emma Watson's character in The Circle (2017). The film was released in April 2017. Bill died in February of that year, about two months before the film's release, and Glenne died in June of that year, less than two months after. The Circle was Bill's final film, while Glenne has one more credit, Just Getting Started (2017). See more »


Frequently portrayed characters who are dead by the end of their respective films (i.e. The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), Next of Kin (1989), Navy Seals (1990), Predator 2 (1990), Tombstone (1993), U-571 (2000), Vertical Limit (2000), Club Dread (2004)) See more »


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