Bill Paxton (William Paxton)

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Mary Lou (née Gray) and John Lane Paxton. His father was a businessman, lumber wholesaler, museum executive, and occasional actor. His mother was Roman Catholic, and he and his siblings were raised in her faith. Paxton was in the crowd when President John F. Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas on the morning of his assassination on November 22, 1963. Photographs of an 8-year-old Paxton being lifted above the crowd are on display at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas. Among Paxton’s earliest roles were a minor role as a punk thug in The Terminator (1984), a supporting role as the lead protagonist’s bullying older brother Chet in John Hughes’ Weird Science (1985), and Private Hudson in Aliens (1986). Paxton worked with director James Cameron on True Lies (1994) and Titanic (1997), the latter of which was the highest-grossing film of all time at its release. Four years after appearing in Titanic, he joined Cameron on an expedition to the actual Titanic. A film about this trip, Ghosts of the Abyss, was released in 2003. In his other roles, Paxton played Morgan Earp in Tombstone (1993), Fred Haise in Apollo 13 (1995), the lead in Twister (1996), and lead roles in dark dramas such as One False Move (1992) and A Simple Plan (1998), and, more recently, a supporting role in Edge of Tomorrow (2014).

Bill Paxton’s highest profile television performances received much positive attention, including his lead role in HBO’s Big Love (2006–2011), for which Paxton received three Golden Globe nominations. Paxton also received good reviews for his performance in the History Channel’s miniseries Hatfields & McCoys (2012), for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, alongside co-star Kevin Costner. He directed several short films, including the music video for Barnes & Barnes’ novelty song “Fish Heads”, which aired during Saturday Night Live’s low-rated 1980–1981 season. He directed the feature films Frailty (2001), in which he starred, and The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005). He was cast in a music video for the 1982 Pat Benatar song “Shadows of the Night”, in which he appeared as a Nazi radio officer. He appears in the music video for Limp Bizkit’s 2003 song “Eat You Alive” as a sheriff. In 2014, he played the role of the villainous John Garrett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He stars alongside Jon Bernthal, Rose McGowan, and John Malkovich as a playable character in the 2014 video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (downloadable “Exo Zombies” mode). In February 2016, Bill Paxton was cast as Detective Frank Roarke for Training Day, a crime-thriller television series set 15 years after the events of the eponymous 2001 movie; it premiered a year later. On February 25, 2017, Bill Paxton died at age 61 from a post-surgical stroke following heart surgery.

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Born

  • May, 17, 1955
  • USA
  • Fort Worth, Texas

Died

  • February, 25, 2017
  • USA
  • Los Angeles, California

Cause of Death

  • stroke

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