Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton

Movie Actor

William Paxton was an American actor and filmmaker. He appeared in films such as Weird Science, Aliens, Near Dark, Tombstone, True Lies, Apollo 13, Twister, Titanic, A Simple Plan, Edge of Tomorrow, and Nightcrawler.

Full Name
May 17, 1955
Feb 25, 2017
6′ 0″
Net Worth


Bill Paxton was born William Archibald Paxton on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Mary Lou and John Lane Paxton, a businessman and actor. As a child he moved frequently between Fort Worth and Dallas, eventually settling in Los Angeles where he attended high school at Hamilton High School in West Hollywood. After graduating, he studied acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. 

Paxton made his screen debut with a minor role as an extra in the 1975 comedy film Crazy Mama. He went on to have roles in several other films throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s before gaining wider recognition for his roles in the 1985 James Cameron science fiction film The Terminator and Aliens (1986). His other notable films include Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), Titanic (1997) and U-571 (2000). 

Throughout his career, Paxton has received numerous awards including an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as Hermann Goering in the 2001 HBO miniseries “Hitler: The Rise of Evil”. In 2012, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Paxton passed away on February 25, 2017 due to complications from surgery. He is remembered fondly by family, friends and fans alike as one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1955</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Bill Paxton is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On May 17, 1955, Bill Paxton is born in Fort Worth, Texas.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1978</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Moves to Los Angeles</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Paxton moves to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1984</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Starring Role in The Terminator</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Paxton stars as one of the protagonists in James Cameron's classic film, The Terminator.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1986</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Appears in Aliens</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Paxton appears in the sequel to The Terminator, Aliens. He plays the iconic role of Private Hudson.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1994</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Stars in True Lies</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Paxton stars in James Cameron's action comedy, True Lies.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1996</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Directs First Film</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Paxton directs his first film, Traveller, which features Billy Bob Thornton and Mark Wahlberg.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2017</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Passes Away</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On February 25, 2017, Bill Paxton passes away due to complications from surgery.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He Was a Versatile Actor</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Bill Paxton was a versatile actor who could play both comedic and dramatic roles with ease. He had the ability to make audiences laugh, cry, and cheer all at the same time. His ability to move between genres made him one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He Was an Inspiration</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Bill Paxton was an inspiration to many aspiring actors. He never let fame or success go to his head and he remained humble throughout his career. He also encouraged others to pursue their dreams, no matter how hard it might be.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He Had Great Chemistry with Co-Stars</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Bill Paxton had great chemistry with his co-stars, which made every movie he starred in that much better. Whether it was his hilarious jokes with Tom Hanks in Apollo 13 or his intense scenes with Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies, Bill always managed to bring the best out of his co-stars.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Major Hollywood Film Role</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Bill Paxton's first major film role was in James Cameron's science fiction blockbuster, The Terminator.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Participated in the Little 500 Bicycle Race</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1979, Bill Paxton participated in the Little 500 bicycle race at Indiana University and was featured in the documentary Breaking Away.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Acted in Titanic</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Bill Paxton starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in James Cameron's 1997 epic, Titanic.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Married to Kelly Rowan</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Bill Paxton was married to actress Kelly Rowan from 1987 to 1999.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Appeared in Three Films Directed by James Cameron</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Bill Paxton appeared in three films directed by James Cameron - The Terminator, Aliens and Titanic.</p></div>


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