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BILL PAXTON (Gregg O'Hara) has established himself as one of Hollywood's most adventurous actors, known to audiences from his numerous roles in films of every genre.

Bill recently starred in HBO's "A Bright Shining Lie," based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name. He played war strategist Lieutenant John Paul Vann, one of the first military advisers sent to Vietnam, whose work as a military and civilian commander embodied the American experience there. Vann's changing attitude toward the war both caused and reflected the changing attitudes in this country.

Continuing the development of his body of work, this December, Bill can be seen in "A Simple Plan," based on a book by the same name, about a pair of brothers who find a windfall of cash in the crashed remains of a drug trafficker's plane. The film, produced by Scott Rudin, co-stars Billy Bob Thornton.

Paxton starred in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster "Twister," under the direction of Jan De Bont ("Speed"). He also traveled to Houston where he was on location portraying a licensed counselor who becomes romantically involved with Shirley MacLame's character in "The Evening Star," the sequel to the Oscar®-winning "Terms of Endearment."

In the Academy Award®-nominated "Apollo 13," Paxton starred opposite Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon for director Ron Howard. He also appeared opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in yet another box-office triumph, Twentieth Century Fox's "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 latest collaboration with Cameron was a starring role in last year's multiple Academy Award®-winning film, "Titanic."

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. From Newsweek magazine to "Siskel & Ebert," Paxton's performance earned critical praise; his performance was singled out by Gene Siskel as "Academy Award® caliber."

In "Trespass," co-starring Ice T and Ice Cube, Paxton reunited with director Walter Hill with whom he 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-budge-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 Science."

Paxton was also seen as a modern-day grifter from a family of gypsies in the independent feature and critically respected "Traveller" for director Jack Green on which he also served as producer, co-starring Julian Margulies and Mark Wahlberg.


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