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(Hank Mitchell) has established himself as one of Hollywood's
most adventurous actors, known to audiences from his numerous
roles in films of every genre. Paxton recently starred as Vietnam
War strategist Lieutenant John Paul Vann, in "A Bright Shining
In December Paxton stars as a field zoologist in the remake of
the 1949 classic monster movie "Mighty Joe Young."
Paxton starred in Steven Spielberg's "Twister" and also
portrayed a licensed counselor who becomes romantically involved
with Shirley MacLaine's character in "The Evening Star"
In the Academy Award®-nominated "Apollo 13," Paxton
starred opposite Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon. He also appeared opposite
Arnold Schwarzennegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in yet another box-office
triumph, "True Lies," which reunited him with director
James Cameron. This marked the third collaboration between Cameron
and Paxton; previously Paxton was in "Aliens" and "The
Terminator." His most recent collaboration with Cameron was
a starring role in last year's multiple Academy Award®-winning
Paxton first emerged as a leading man with Carl Franklin's acclaimed
thriller, "One False Move," which won the 1992 Los Angeles
Film Critics Association New Generation Award.
In "Trespass," co-starring Ice T and Ice Cube, Paxton
reunited with director Walter Hill, with whom he had previously
worked on "Streets of Fire."
Paxton got his start in Hollywood working as a set dresser on
Roger Corman's 1974 New World Production, "Big Bad Mama."
After working on several features, Paxton decided to change pace
and moved to New York to study acting. Upon returning to Los Angeles,
he began accumulating acting credits, first in low-budget horror
movies like "Mortuary" and later in major motion pictures
including "The Lords of Discipline," Kathryn Bigelow's
"Near Dark" and the hit John Hughes comedy "Weird
Paxton was also seen as a modern-day grifter from a family of
gypsies in the independent feature, the critically acclaimed "Traveller"
for director Jack Green, co-starring Juliana Margulies and Mark
Wahlberg and with Paxton also serving as producer.
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