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William “Bill” Paxton was an actor and director, born on 17 May 1955, in Fort Worth, Texas USA, of English, Scots-Irish, German, Swiss, Austrian and French descent.  He is perhaps best known for his roles in films such as “Aliens” (1986), “True Lies” (1994), and “Apollo 13” (1995), but also in TV series like HBO’s “Big Love” (2006-2011) and “Hatfields & McCovs” (2012). He was an active member of the entertainment industry from 1975 until his passing in February 2017.

Have you ever wondered how rich Bill Paxton was? Reportedly, it is estimated that Paxton’s overall net worth was $30 million, with most of his wealth Bill earned by making appearances in films of varied success, some of which have turned out to be blockbusters. His later direction in his career as a director all the more contributed to his net worth growth.

Bill Paxton Net Worth $30 Million

Raised in Fort Worth, Paxton was artistically stimulated by his father, who was a supporter of arts and an occasional actor himself. Bill often went to cultural events and the cinema with his father and siblings, so he showed an early interest in film-making. He matriculated from Arlington Heights High School in 1973, and then went on to study at Richmond College in England, along with his friend Danny Martin, but in 1974, Paxton decided to move to Los Angeles in order to make his way in the film industry. After working on a few side jobs, he obtained his first role, a small part in the movie “Crazy Mama” (1975). Soon after, he enrolled in New York University, where his acting instructor was the famous Stella Adler, but although Bill was amazed by her, he left his studies after the second year and returned to Los Angeles, claiming he didn’t see any point in having the degree.

At the very beginning of the ‘80s, Paxton had some success with “Fish Heads”, a short film he had made. Some of his earliest roles include a short appearance in “The Terminator” (1984) and a supporting role in “Weird Science” (1985). In the 1986 movie “Aliens” he played a sarcastic character, Private William Hudson. Paxton showed his true acting talent as a lead actor in a small thriller “One False Move” (1992), in which he starred with Billy Bob Thornton. This role earned him excellent reviews, which also added to his net worth and then led to his involvement in much bigger films, such as the space-drama “Apollo 13” (1995) and disaster drama film “Twister” (1996). Bill then co-operated with director James Cameron on his films “True Lies” 1994 and “Titanic” (1997), with other notable film appearances being his roles in “A Simple Plan” (1998) and “The Edge Of Tomorrow” (2014).

Paxton also received recognition for some of his television performances. For his lead role in “Big Love” (2006-2011) he received three Golden Globe nominations. His performance in the History Channel’s miniseries “Hatfields & McCovs” (2012) also gained him an Emmy Award nomination, plus increasing his net worth significantly.

Besides being an active actor, Bill also dedicated himself to directing, mostly short films, including “Frailty” (2001), in which he starred, and “The Greatest Game Ever Played” (2005).

Some of his later engagements included the “The Gamechangers” television movie, and “The Circle”, released in late 2015.

In his personal life, Bill Paxton was married to Kelly Rowan for one year(1979-80). He married Louise Newbury in 1987: they have two children, and lived in Ojai, California until his passing from a stroke following heart surgery on 25 February 2017.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Circle 2017/I post-production Mae's father
Training Day 2017 TV Series Det. Frank Rourke / Frank
Mean Dreams 2016 Wayne Caraway
Term Life 2016 Joe Keenan
The Gamechangers 2015 TV Movie Jack Thompson
Texas Rising 2015 TV Mini-Series Sam Houston
Pixies 2015 Eddie Beck (voice)
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Exo Zombies 2015 Video Game Kahn (voice)
Nightcrawler 2014 Joe Loder
Edge of Tomorrow 2014 Master Sergeant Farell
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2014 TV Series John Garrett
Million Dollar Arm 2014 Tom House
Red Wing 2013 Jim Verret
2 Guns 2013 Earl
Head Smash: The Prequel 2013 Short Maurice (voice)
The Colony 2013/I Mason
Hatfields & McCoys 2012 TV Mini-Series Randall McCoy
Sky Soldier 2012 TV Movie Narrator
Shanghai Calling 2012 Donald
Haywire 2011 John Kane
Big Love 2006-2011 TV Series Bill Henrickson
Big Love: In the Beginning 2007 TV Series Bill Henrickson
The Good Life 2007 Robbie
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D 2005 Documentary short Ed Mitchell (voice)
Haven 2004/I Carl Ridley
Thunderbirds 2004 Jeff Tracy
Club Dread 2004 Coconut Pete
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 Dinky Winks
Resistance 2003 Maj. Theodore 'Ted' Brice
Frasier 2003 TV Series Ernie
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams 2002 Dinky Winks
Frailty 2001 Dad Meiks
Vertical Limit 2000 Elliot Vaughn
U-571 2000 Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dahlgren
Mighty Joe Young 1998 Gregg O'Hara
A Simple Plan 1998 Hank
A Bright Shining Lie 1998 TV Movie John Paul Vann
Titanic 1997 Brock Lovett
Traveller 1997 Bokky
The Evening Star 1996 Jerry Bruckner
Twister 1996 Bill Harding
Frank & Jesse 1995 Frank James
The Last Supper 1995/I Zachary Cody
Apollo 13 1995 Fred Haise
True Lies 1994 Simon
Future Shock 1994 Vince
Tombstone 1993 Morgan Earp
Tales from the Crypt 1993 TV Series Billy DeLuca
Monolith 1993 Tucker
Indian Summer 1993 Jack Belston
Boxing Helena 1993 Ray O'Malley
Trespass 1992 Vince
The Vagrant 1992 Graham Krakowski
One False Move 1992 Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon
The Dark Backward 1991 Gus
Predator 2 1990 Jerry Lambert
Navy Seals 1990 Dane
The Last of the Finest 1990 Howard 'Hojo' Jones
Brain Dead 1990 Jim Reston
New Order: Substance 1989 Video short video "Touched by the Hand of God" uncredited
Next of Kin 1989 Gerald Gates
Back to Back 1989 Bo Brand
Slipstream 1989 Matt Owens
The Roommate 1989 Short
Riding Fast 1988 Bobo
Pass the Ammo 1988 Jesse Wilkes
Martini Ranch: Reach 1988 Video short The Outlaw
Near Dark 1987 Severen
The Hitchhiker 1987 TV Series Trout
Miami Vice 1986 TV Series Vic Romano
Fresno 1986 TV Mini-Series Billy Joe Bobb
Aliens 1986/I Private Hudson
An Early Frost 1985 TV Movie Bob Maracek
Commando 1985 Intercept Officer
Weird Science 1985 Chet Donnelly
The Atlanta Child Murders 1985 TV Mini-Series Campbell
Pat Benatar: Hit Videos 1984 Video short Radio Operator (Radio Operator (segment "Shadows of the Night")
The Terminator 1984 Punk Leader
Impulse 1984 Eddie
Streets of Fire 1984 Clyde the Bartender
Taking Tiger Mountain 1983 Billy Hampton
Mortuary 1983/I Paul Andrews
Deadly Lessons 1983 TV Movie Eddie Fox
The Lords of Discipline 1983 Gilbreath (as 'Wild' Bill Paxton)
Great Day 1983 TV Movie Rudy
Night Warning 1982 Eddie (as William Paxton)
McClain's Law 1982 TV Series Michael
Barnes & Barnes: Love Tap 1981 Short The Man
Stripes 1981 Soldier
The Six O'Clock Follies 1980 TV Series
Fish Heads 1980 Short Main Character (uncredited)
The Egyptian Princess, an Unfolding Fantasy 1977 Short The Man
Crazy Mama 1975 John (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Parkland 2013 producer
The Good Life 2007 executive producer
Traveller 1997 producer
Martini Ranch: Reach 1988 Video short producer
Barnes & Barnes: Fish Heads 1980 Short executive producer - uncredited
Fish Heads 1980 Short producer
The Egyptian Princess, an Unfolding Fantasy 1977 Short co-producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frailty 2001
Saturday Night Live 1980 TV Series 1 episode
Fish Heads 1980 Short
Tattoo 2011/II Short
The Greatest Game Ever Played 2005

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tattoo 2011/II Short story
Barnes & Barnes: Love Tap 1981 Short co-writer
Barnes & Barnes: Fish Heads 1980 Short head writer
Fish Heads 1980 Short

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flicks 1987 assistant set dresser
Death Game 1977 assistant set decorator
Big Bad Mama 1974 set dresser

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Good Life 2007 performer: "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"
Club Dread 2004 performer: "Pleasure Island", "Ponytails Cocktails", "Pina Coladaburg", "Naughty Cal"
You Can't Hurry Love 1988 performer: "HEADIN' WEST" - as Martini Ranch

Set Decorator

Set Decorator

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Galaxy of Terror 1981 uncredited
Eat My Dust 1976

Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beach Blanket Bango 1975 as Pete Lautrec

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Barnes & Barnes: Fish Heads 1980 Short

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Taking Tiger Mountain 1983

Production Manager

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trap 1998 unit manager

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13 1996 Video documentary additional footage

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Carried Away 2009 special thanks
Hate* (*a comedy) 1999 Short special thanks
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory 1998 TV Movie documentary special thanks
Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13 1996 Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Talk 2017 TV Series Himself
The 43rd Annual People's Choice Awards 2017/II TV Movie Himself
Tom Hanks: A League of His Own 2016 Documentary Himself
Today 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Good Morning, Texas 2015 TV Series Himself
Texas Rising: Capturing the Revolution - Filming Texas Rising 2015 Video short Himself
Texas Rising: General Santa Anna: Leading Mexico 2015 Video short Himself
Texas Rising: Sam Houston - A Man of the Revolution 2015 Video short Himself
The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards 2015 TV Special Himself
Good Morning America 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Larry King Now 2013-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Who Do You Think You Are? 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2015 TV Series Himself
A World on the 'Edge of Tomorrow' 2014 Video short Himself
Edge of Tomorrow: Storming the Beach 2014 Video short Himself
Edge of Tomorrow: Weapons of the Future 2014 Video short Himself
The Queen Latifah Show 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
2 Guns: Boston Premiere Documentary 2013 Video documentary short Himself
JFK: The Final Hours 2013 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Nerdist Presents: A Conversation with... Bill Paxton 2013 TV Movie Himself - Guest
Made in Hollywood 2013 TV Series Himself
Reflections on Titanic 2012 Documentary Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2007-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Titanic: 100 Years On 2012 Himself
America in Primetime 2011 TV Series documentary Himself / Bill Henrickson, Big Love
Curiosity 2011 TV Series documentary Himself - Host / Narrator (US version)
Overheard 2011 TV Series Himself
Tornado Alley 2011 Documentary short Himself - Narrator
5 Things I Learned Today 2010 TV Series Himself
8th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
Rachael Ray 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Jay Leno Show 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Tavis Smiley 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
Séries express 2009 TV Series Himself
His Highness Hollywood 2008 Video documentary Himself
Sexo en serie 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Biography 2008 TV Series documentary
Do You Sleep in the Nude? 2007 Documentary
Secret's Out 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2007 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama
The WIN Awards 2006 2006 TV Special Himself
Shootout 2006 TV Series Himself
The View 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1996-2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Predator Goes to Town 2005 Video short Himself
No Strings Attached: The Making of Thunderbirds 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Superior Firepower: The Making of 'Aliens' 2003 Video documentary Himself
The University Greys: From Students to Soldiers 2003 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Modern Marvels 2003 TV Series documentary Host
Ghosts of the Abyss 2003 Documentary Himself
The Making of 'Frailty' 2002 Video documentary Himself
The Making of 'Tombstone' 2002 Video documentary short Himself / Morgan Earp
Festival Pass with Chris Gore 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Living in Darkness 2002 Video documentary Himself
Anatomy of a Scene 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
American Experience 2001 TV Series documentary Himself - Reader
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal' 2001 Video documentary Himself - L.A. Premiere
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2001 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
HBO First Look 1996-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Anatomy of a 'Twister' 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Larry King Live 2000 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV & Presenter: Best Original Score
Saturday Night Live 1999 TV Series Himself - Host / Various / Ted Nugent
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
Charlie Rose 1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
Twister: Ride It Out 1998 Short Himself
Directors: James Cameron 1997 Video documentary Himself
Abducted: An MTV News Special Report 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself - Actor
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997 TV Series Himself - Guest
Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13 1996 Video documentary Himself
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favorite Actress in a Motion Picture
The Oprah Winfrey Show 1996 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Special Award for Ron Howard
The Annual 1995 ShoWest Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Late Show with David Letterman 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
Showbiz Today 1995 TV Series Himself
100 Years of the Hollywood Western 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'True Lies' 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 9th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
The Making of 'Alien 3' 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'Trespass' 1992 TV Movie documentary Vince
The Howard Stern Show 1991 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Predator 2: International 1990 Video short Himself
Martini Ranch: How Can the Laboring Man Find Time for Self-Culture 1988 Short Himself
The Making of 'Terminator' 1984 TV Short documentary Himself
Barnes & Barnes: Soak It Up 1983 Short Himself
Barnes & Barnes: Fish Heads 1980 Short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Today Live 2016 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2015 TV Series Himself
Rumble on the Lot: Walter Hill's Streets of Fire Revisited 2013 Video documentary Clyde the Bartender (uncredited)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2013 TV Series documentary Pvt. Hudson
Movie Guide 2013 TV Series Earl
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Nominee
Nostalgia Critic 2011 TV Series Private Hudson
Saturday Night Live: Just Shorts 2009 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Reinventando Hollywood 2008 TV Movie documentary Bill Henrickson
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters 2006 Documentary Fred Haise (uncredited)
Derailroaded 2005 Documentary Himself
The Hunters and the Hunted: The Making of 'Predator 2' 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Pat Benatar: Choice Cuts - The Complete Video Collection 2003 Video Radio Operator (sRadio Operator (segment "Shadows of the Night") (uncredited)
Biography 1999 TV Series documentary Fred Haise in 'Apollo 13'
Gomorron 1997 TV Series Himself
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater 1995 TV Series Morgan Earp
Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection 1991 Video Main Character (segment "Fish Heads")
Pat Benatar: The Visual Music Collection 1986 Video Radio Operator (segment "Shadows of the Night")
Saturday Night Live 1980 TV Series Man in 'Fish Heads'

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Bronze Wrangler Western Heritage Awards Western Documentary Hatfields & McCoys (2012) · Leslie Greif (executive producer)
· Nancy Dubuc (executive producer)
· Dirk Hoogstra (executive producer)
· Kevin Reynolds (director)
· Bill Kerby (writer)
· Ted Mann (writer)
· Kevin Costner (actor)
· Tom Berenger (actor)
2006 WIN Award Women's Image Network Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Big Love (2006)
2003 Filmmaker's Showcase Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

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2001 Texas Filmmaker Award Deep Ellum Film Festival
1996 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast Apollo 13 (1995) · Kevin Bacon
· Tom Hanks
· Ed Harris
· Kathleen Quinlan
· Gary Sinise
1987 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Aliens (1986)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Golden Nymph Monte-Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actor in a Mini-Series Hatfields & McCoys (2012)
2013 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Hatfields & McCoys (2012)
2012 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Hatfields & McCoys (2012)
2012 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Hatfields & McCoys (2012)
2010 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama Big Love (2006)
2009 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Series, Drama Big Love (2006)
2008 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama Big Love (2006)
2007 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama Big Love (2006)
2007 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Series, Drama Big Love (2006)
2006 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Series, Drama Big Love (2006)
2003 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director Frailty (2001)
2003 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Director Frailty (2001)
2003 DVDX Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD) Aliens (1986) · James Cameron
· Michael Biehn
· Jenette Goldstein
· Carrie Henn
· Christopher Henn
· Lance Henriksen
· Gale Anne Hurd
· Pat McClung
· Dennis Skotak
· Robert Skotak
· Stan Winston
2003 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best First Feature Frailty (2001)
2003 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Breakthrough Filmmaker Frailty (2001)
1999 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television A Bright Shining Lie (1998)
1998 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast Titanic (1997) · Suzy Amis
· Kathy Bates
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Frances Fisher
· Victor Garber
· Bernard Hill
· Jonathan Hyde
· Gloria Stuart
· David Warner
· Kate Winslet
· Billy Zane
· Danny Nucci
· Bernard Fox
1997 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor Twister (1996)
1995 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor True Lies (1994)
1995 CableACE CableACE Awards Actor in a Dramatic Series Tales from the Crypt (1989)
1988 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Near Dark (1987)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Apollo 13 (1995) · Tom Hanks
· Kevin Bacon
· Ed Harris
· Gary Sinise
· Kathleen Quinlan


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#Fact
1 Working on Texas Rising (2015), he found out that he is actually related to Sam Houston. "Sam Houston and I share common grandparents, going back six generations. His mother would be a great-aunt of mine. That makes Sam Houston and me second cousins four times removed".
2 He has English, and smaller amounts of Scots-Irish, Austrian, German, French, and Swiss, ancestry.
3 Appeared on Limp Bizkit's video, "Eat You Alive". [September 2003]
4 Worked as a parking lot attendant.
5 Utters the very first line of dialog in The Terminator (1984) and, along with Brian Thompson and Brad Rearden, were the first hapless humans to confront the Terminator in the 'flesh'. Paxton was the punk with the blue spiky hairdo.
6 As an eight-year-old, he was in the crowd waving when President John F. Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth, Texas, on the morning of November 22, 1963. There are pictures at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas where the young Paxton can clearly be seen astride the shoulders of an unidentified man.
7 Is the only other actor, along with Lance Henriksen, to have been killed by a terminator, an alien, and a predator on screen. Bill was also killed by his character's own son in Frailty (2001).
8 Is the only other actor, along with Lance Henriksen, to appear in the Alien, Predator and Terminator film series.
9 Lives in Ojai, California.
10 For his role on Tombstone (1993), he was trained by renowned Hollywood Gun Coach Thell Reed, who has also trained such actors as: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, Leonardo DiCaprio, Girard Swan, Michael Biehn and Ben Foster.
11 Inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame during their annual induction gala at Austin Studios in Austin, Texas on March 9, 2007 for his career achievement in the motion picture film industry. The Texas Film Hall of Fame inductees are native-born Texans who have achieved excellence in their film career.
12 Was the first choice as Robert Langdon in The Da Vinci Code (2006). He turned the part down because he was already signed for Big Love (2006). Tom Hanks was cast for the film instead. Coincidentally, Hanks served as executive producer on Paxton's show "Big Love (2006).
13 Has appeared in five films with Michael Biehn: The Lords of Discipline (1983), The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), Navy Seals (1990) and Tombstone (1993).
14 He has earned the nickname "Wild Bill" among friends and co-stars for his apparently crazed sense of humor and his love for elaborate pranks.
15 Attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas, the same high school as John Denver and Lee Harvey Oswald (who left before he graduated).
16 Learned to speak German to prepare for his part in the Pat Benatar video "Shadows of the Night".
17 Bill's paternal grandfather was a friend and neighbor to the great American painter Thomas Hart Benton.
18 Met his wife Louise Newbury on a #13 bus in London. She is his second wife.
19 Son of John Paxton.
20 Member of the 1980s rock band Martini Ranch. James Cameron directed a video for their song "Reach" featuring many Cameron alumni (Kathryn Bigelow, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein).
21 Co-authored and produced the short "Scoop" (1983), which won an Honorable Mention at the 1983 USA Film Festival.
22 Has two children with Louise Newbury: James Paxton (b. 1994) and Lydia (b. 19 December 1997).
23 As a teen, Bill caddied for golf great Ben Hogan in Fort Worth.
24 Bill had rheumatic fever in the 7th grade. It kept him hospitalized for a month and bedridden for four months. He had to take regular doses of penicillin until he was 18.

#Quote
1 [on his experiences as a director] I have great empathy for my actors. They trust me because they know that I have been on the front end of the camera.
2 Anyone who's worked very hard on a craft or an art to get a certain precision in terms of execution and performance wants to get past all that stuff that holds you up - your ego, all the doubts.
3 [on James Cameron] This guy has more integrity than anyone I ever met in my life.
4 [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".
5 I support the troops. This is tough time right now. I think a lot of people in our industry are afraid to speak out. I had a drink with Sean Penn the other night. He went over to Baghdad in December just to see for himself what was going on. And that guy is as American as anybody I ever met.
6 I've always loved movies about con men. I think con men are as American as apple pie.
7 I want people to re-evaluate me. My dream would be to make films like Clint Eastwood did... You have to be a self-starter out here at a certain point. It's important to take the reigns or, otherwise, you can be regaled to obscurity so quickly.
8 . . . but it was movies I had always wanted to be in. I'm into the whole thing, not just performing. I love watching what goes on behind the camera. My heroes are Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd -- complete filmmakers.
9 It's very liberating to be naked in front of a hundred people, but there's nothing sexual about lovemaking on a movie set...

#Trademark
1 Frequently works with James Cameron
2 Frequently portrays 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))

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