BILL PAXTON (Mr. Kane) is a highly respected actor and
director who has starred in such blockbuster films as Twister, True Lies,
Aliens, Tombstone, Apollo 13 and Titanic. He will next be seen in Daniel Hsia's
Shanghai Calling, alongside Alan Ruck and Zhu Zhu. On the small screen, Paxton
received three Golden Globe Award nominations for his work on the acclaimed HBO
drama series "Big Love," starring opposite Jeanne Tripplehorn, ChloĆ« Sevigny and
Ginnifer Goodwin. He will be seen in the 2012 History Channel series "Hatfields
& McCoys," starring alongside Kevin Costner and Mare Winningham.
Paxton works on both sides of the camera. He is currently executive producing
(along with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman) a miniseries for HBO that will
commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
The miniseries is set to air on HBO in 2013.
In 2001, Paxton directed the gothic thriller Frailty, in which he also
starred alongside Matthew McConaughey. Frailty was honored with the National
Board of Review's Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking. In 2005, Paxton
directed the sports drama The Greatest Game Ever Played, starring Shia LaBeouf.
Additionally, he served as a producer on the features The Good Life and
Traveller, in which he starred with Mark Wahlberg and Julianna Margulies.
Paxton began his career as a set dresser on producer Roger Corman's Big Bad
Mama in the mid 1970s. After working in the art department on several features,
Paxton moved to New York to study acting with Stella Adler. Returning to Los
Angeles in 1980, he met James Cameron while moonlighting as a set dresser on
Roger Corman's Galaxy of Terror.
After gaining much attention in the John Hughes comedy Weird Science and
Cameron's classic Aliens, Paxton turned in a widely acclaimed performance as a
small-town sheriff in Carl Franklin's One False Move that marked his emergence
as a leading man. In 1998, Roger Ebert cited Paxton as his Best Actor choice for
his turn as Hank Mitchell in Sam Raimi's A Simple Plan. That same year, Paxton
received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in HBO's "A Bright
Other film credits include U-571, Mighty Joe Young, Vertical Limit, Trespass,
Indian Summer, Near Dark, Boxing Helena, The Dark Backwards, Club Dread, The
Evening Star, Streets of Fire, Frank and Jesse, Navy Seals, Predator 2, The
Vagrant and Pass the Ammo.
Paxton, a native of Ft. Worth, Texas, now resides with his wife and children
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