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