MIGHTY JOE YOUNG
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
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®
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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