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BILL PAXTON (Tom House) is one of Hollywood's leading men who continues to make quality films both in front of and behind the camera.

Paxton recently wrapped shooting the thriller "Nightcrawler" opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo. The film marks Dan Gilroy's directing debut.

Paxton was most recently seen in Baltasar Kormakur's "2 Guns" opposite Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. The action thriller is based on Boom! Studios' series of graphic novels by the same title in which two undercover federal operatives from competing bureaus are forced to go on the run together.

Paxton will soon be seen in Doug man's "Edge of Tomorrow," starring opposite Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. In the Warner Bros. film, a soldier, fighting in a war with aliens, finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle. The film will be released in June 2014.

Paxton most recently produced his first graphic novel, "Seven Holes for Air." Written by John McLaughlin with art by Mick Reinman, the graphic novels follow the life of Bob Rourke, a tough, 50-year-old steelworker who smokes, drinks and never complains. When Bob is facing the end, disease ravaging his body, he soldiers on at home, at work, and in an alternate Spaghetti Western reality in which his real-life antagonists become actual villains.

Paxton was last seen in the History Channel miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" opposite Kevin Costner. The show set a ratings record as the top-rated entertainment telecast ever for ad-supported basic cable. He was nominated for an Emmy Award and a SAG Award for his portrayal of Randall McCoy. Paxton was also honored with three Golden Globe nominations for his work on HBO's critically acclaimed series "Big Love." His character, Bill Henrickson, is a loving father and husband to three wives, played by Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin.

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" opposite Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas; "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 Colonel John Paul Vann in HBO's "A Bright Shining Lie."

Paxton segued his on-camera experience into becoming a feature film director. In 2001, he helmed the gothic thriller "Frailty," in which he also starred alongside Matthew McConaughey; and, in 2005, he directed the sports drama "The Greatest Game Ever Played" starring Shia LaBeouf. Both films are considered modern classics of their respective genres, and "Frailty" was recognized by the National Board of Review in 2002 for Special Recognition for Excellence in Filmmaking. Additionally, Paxton served as a producer on "Parkland," "The Good Life" and "Traveller," in which he starred 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, 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, he began landing acting jobs in movies such as "Mortuary" and "Night Warning." Paxton earned a cult following for his work in movies including "Near Dark," "Boxing Helena," "The Dark Backward" 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 of the Titanic with James Cameron for the documentary "Ghosts of the Abyss." Paxton completed four descents to the site, two and a half miles below the surface of the North Atlantic.

Paxton, a native of Ft. Worth, Texas, now resides with his wife and children in California.


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