As one of the industry's most accomplished talents, actor/director/producer BILL
PAXTON (Jeff Tracy) moves effortlessly between major studio films as well as
Paxton recently appeared in Ghosts of the Abyss, a revolutionary new film in
which Paxton, director James Cameron and a team of the world's foremost historic and
marine experts embark on an unscripted adventure back to the wreckage site of the
Titanic—the final grave where nearly 1,500 passengers lost their lives almost a century
ago. Using state-of-the-art technology developed expressly for the expedition, Cameron,
Paxton and crew explore virtually all of the wreckage, inside and out, as never before.
With the most advanced 3D photography, moviegoers will experience the ship as if they
are part of the crew, right inside the dive subs. Following Titanic, True Lies, Aliens, The
Terminator and the music video "Reachâ by Martini Ranch, Ghosts of the Abyss marks
Paxton's sixth collaboration with Cameron.
Earlier this year, Paxton co-starred in Club Dread—a film by the comedy troupe
Broken Lizard. Surrounded by limber, wanton women on a booze-soaked island resort,
the Broken Lizard dudes face a machete-wielding killer on the loose in this comedy from
Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Paxton also stars in Frank E. Flowers' independent Haven, opposite Orlando
Bloom, Gabriel Byrne, Joy Bryant, Anthony Mackie and Victor Rasuk. Haven tells the
story of two shady businessmen who flee to the Cayman Islands to avoid federal
prosecution. Their escape ignites a chain reaction that leads a British native to commit a
crime that changes the country.
Paxton made his feature directorial debut with the critically acclaimed gothic
thriller, Frailty. The film, which starred Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe
and Matthew O'Leary, received the National Board of Review's Special Mention for
Excellence in Filmmaking.
Paxton first emerged as a leading man with his critically lauded performance as
the small town sheriff in Carl Franklin's One False Move. In 1998, critic Roger Ebert
cited Paxton as best actor for his turn as Hank Mitchell in Sam Raimi's A Simple Plan.
In addition, he received a Golden Globe nomination that year for his performance as
Colonel John Paul Vann in HBO's A Bright Shining Lie. Paxton's credits also include
Traveller, a film he produced and starred in with Mark Wahlberg and Julianna Margulies.
Paxton has appeared in several blockbusters, accumulating worldwide box office
numbers that surpass three billion dollars. In addition to Titanic, he starred with Tom
Hanks and Kevin Bacon in Ron Howard's Apollo 13 and in Jan de Bont's Twister.
Paxton appeared as the tough Texas billionaire, trapped at 26,000 feet on K2, in the
action-thriller Vertical Limit, directed by Martin Campbell. He also portrayed the captain
in Jonathan Mostow's WWII submarine hit U-571, co-starring Matthew McConaughey
and Harvey Keitel.
Moving to Hollywood from Fort Worth, Texas, Paxton began his career as a set
dresser on Roger Corman's Big Bad Mama. After working in the art department on
several features, he decided to move to New York to study acting. Returning to Los
Angeles in 1980, he met James Cameron while moonlighting as a set dresser on the
sci-fi movie Galaxy of Terror. He subsequently started landing acting jobs, first
in B-horror movies (Mortuary, Night Warning) and later in studio films (The Lords of
Discipline, Weird Science). Paxton's filmography also includes Walter Hill's Streets of
Fire and Trespass, Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark, Pass the Ammo, Tombstone and
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