BILL PAXTON (Earl) was last seen in the History
Channel miniseries Hatfields
& McCoys, opposite Kevin
Costner. The show set a
ratings record as the toprated
ever for ad-supported basic
cable. He was nominated for
a Primetime Emmy Award
and a SAG Award for his
work as Randall McCoy.
His upcoming films include Doug Liman's All You
Need Is Kill, opposite Tom Cruise, and Jeff Renfroe's
The Colony, starring Laurence Fishburne.
Paxton was honored with three Golden Globe
nominations for his work on HBO's critically
acclaimed series Big Love, where he played Bill
Henrickson, a loving father and a husband to three
wives, played by Jeanne Tripplehorn, ChloĆ« Sevigny
and Ginnifer Goodwin.
After gaining critical attention in John Hughes'
comedy Weird Science and James Cameron's scifi
Aliens, Paxton's performance as the small-town
sheriff in Carl Franklin's One False Move marked his
emergence as a leading man. He went on to star in a
host of blockbusters, including Tombstone, True Lies,
Apollo 13, Twister, Mighty Joe Young, Titanic, U-571
and Vertical Limit.
In 1998, Roger Ebert cited Paxton as his Best Actor
choice for his turn as Hank Mitchell in Sam Raimi's
A Simple Plan. In addition, Paxton received a Golden
Globe nomination that same year for his performance
as Lt. Colonel John Paul Vann in HBO's A Bright
Paxton segued from being on camera to directing
feature films. In 2001, Paxton made his directorial
debut with the gothic thriller Frailty, in which he also
starred alongside Matthew McConaughey. In 2005,
he directed the sports drama The Greatest Game
Ever Played, which starred Shia LaBeouf. Both films are considered modern classics of their respective
genres. In 2002, Frailty received special recognition
from the National Board of Review for excellence
in filmmaking. Additionally, Paxton served as a
producer on the features The Good Life and Traveller,
in which he starred along with Mark Wahlberg and
Paxton began his career as a set dresser on producer
Roger Corman's Big Bad Mama in the mid-'70s. 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 the
low-budget sci-fi movie Galaxy of Terror. Subsequently,
Paxton landed acting jobs in movies such as Mortuary
and Night Warning. He earned a cult following for his
work in movies such as Near Dark, Boxing Helena,
The Dark Backward and Broken Lizard's Club Dread.
His other credits include Trespass, Indian Summer,
The Evening Star, Streets of Fire, Frank & Jesse, Navy
Seals, Predator 2, The Vagrant, Pass the Ammo and
Steven Soderbergh's Haywire.
In addition to his awards for acting and directing,
Paxton holds the distinction as the only actor to have
visited the wreck site of the Titanic with Cameron for
the documentary Ghosts of the Abyss. Paxton completed
four descents to the site, 2.5 miles below the surface of
the North Atlantic.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Paxton resides with
his wife and children in California.
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