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BILL PAXTON (Master Sergeant Farell) continues to make quality films both in front of and behind the camera. He can currently be seen in "Million Dollar Arm," opposite Jon Hamm, in the story of a sports agent who stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

Paxton will soon begin directing the big screen adaptation of Joe Lansdale's "The Bottoms." The Edgar Award-winning, racially themed novel is set in East Texas and follows an adolescent boy, his little sister and their father, who stumble across the body of an African American woman who has been savagely mutilated and left to die in the bottom of the Sabine River. The adaptation is written by Brent Hanley, who penned Paxton's 2001 directing effort, "Frailty." Shooting is planned for later this year.

Production recently wrapped on "Term Life," in which he stars opposite Vince Vaughn. Peter Billingsley directed the adaptation of the Image Comics character Nick Barrow. Paxton also recently finished production on "Nightcrawler," a thriller, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo; the film marks Dan Gilroy's directing debut, from his own script about a driven young man who discovers the nocturnal world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles.

Paxton was most recently seen in Baltarsar Kormakur's "Two Guns," alongside Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.

On the small screen, Paxton starred in the acclaimed History Channel miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys," with Kevin Costner. The show set a ratings record as the top-rated entertainment telecast ever for ad-supported basic cable. Paxtib was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for his work. Paxton was also honored with three Golden Globe Award nominations for his work on HBO's critically acclaimed series "Big Love," in which he starred opposite Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloƫ Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin, and a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in HBO's "A Bright Shining Lie."

Paxton can currently be seen in a guest-starring arc on ABC's hit "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." He is also currently production in Mexico on the History Channel miniseries "Texas Rising." The eight-hour project-which reteams him with the producers of "Hatfields & McCoys"-explores the revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Paxton plays Sam Houston, the father of Texas, opposite Brendan Fraser and Ray Liotta.

Paxton recently produced his first graphic novel, 7 Holes for Air. Written by John J. McLaughlin, with art by Mick Reinman, the graphic novels follows the life of Bob Rourke, a tough, hard-living, 50-year-old steelworker.

After gaining critical attention in the John Hughes comedy "Weird Science" and James Cameron's sci-fi pic "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 Stephen Soderbergh's action thriller "Haywire"; "Tombstone"; "True Lies"; "Apollo 13"; "Twister"; "Mighty Joe Young"; Cameron's "Titanic"; "A Simple Plan"; "U-571"; and "Vertical Limit."

Paxton segued his on-camera experience into becoming a feature film director when, in 2001, he helmed the gothic thriller "Frailty," in which he also starred, alongside Matthew McConaughey. "Frailty" was honored with the National Board of Review 2002 special mention for excellence in filmmaking. In 2005, he directed the sports drama "The Greatest Game Ever Played," starring Shia LaBeouf. Additionally, Paxton served as a producer on the films "Parkland," "The Good Life," and "Traveler," which he starred in, along 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, he 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, he landed acting jobs in the films "Mortuary" and "Night Warning," and earned a cult following for his work in such movies as "Near Dark," "Boxing Helena," "The Dark Backwards," and "Broken Lizard's Club Dread." His other credits include "The Colony," "Trespass," "Indian Summer," "The Evening Star," "Streets of Fire," "Frank & Jesse," "Navy Seals," "Predator 2," "The Vagrant" and "Pass the Ammo."

In addition to his awards for acting and directing, Paxton holds the distinction as the only actor to have visited the wreckage site of the Titanic with James Cameron, for the documentary "Ghosts of the Abyss." Paxton completed four descents to the site, two-and-one-half miles below the surface of the North Atlantic.


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