Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton

Highest Rated: 100% The Terminator (1984)

Lowest Rated: 0% Term Life (2016)

Birthday: May 17, 1955

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Possessing a special talent for totally immersing himself in his roles, Bill Paxton did not always get the recognition he deserves. Tall, rangy, and boyishly good looking, Paxton's career was a curiosity that found the character actor-turned-filmmaker succeeding in intermittently pulling the rug from under filmgoers' feet with a constantly expanding sense of maturity and range.Paxton's interest in films emerged during his teens when he began making his own movies with a Super-8 camera. He formally entered the entertainment industry in 1974 as a set dresser for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. Paxton made his acting debut as a bit player in Crazy Mama (1975), and afterward, the young thespian moved to New York to hone his skills. Following performances in a couple of horror quickies, Paxton formally launched his Hollywood career with a tiny part in Ivan Reitman's Stripes (1981) and this led to a steady if not unremarkable career in film and television during the '80s. In addition to acting, Paxton made short independent films such as Fish Heads, (1982) which became a favorite on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Paxton's acting career got a much-needed boost in 1985 when he was cast as Ilan Mitchell-Smith's obnoxious big brother Chet Donolley in John Hughes' Weird Science. Some of Paxton's more memorable subsequent roles include that of a cocky intergalactic soldier in James Cameron's Aliens (1986), a crazed vampire in Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark, and sickly astronaut Freddie Hayes in Ron Howard's Apollo 13. In 1996, Paxton landed a starring role, opposite Helen Hunt, in the special-effects blockbuster Twister; his career took an upward turn and Paxton got more leads than ever. Though few audiences saw it in its limited release, critics were quick to praise Paxton's turn as con-artist Traveler in the 1997 movie of the same name. Following a doomed voyage on the Titanic the same year, the workhorse actor once again intrigued filmgoers as a small-town dweller struggling with his conscience after stumbling into over a million dollars in usually flamboyant director Sam Raimi's strikingly subdued A Simple Plan. A quiet and intense performance enhanced by a talented cast including Billy Bob Thornton and Bridget Fonda, the psychological crime drama once again provided further proof that Paxton's impressive range of emotion stretched beyond what many filmgoers may have previously suspected. Though subsequent performances in Mighty Joe Young (1998) and U-571 (2000) did little to backup the promise shown in A Simple Plan, Paxton still had a few tricks up his sleeve, as evidenced by his directorial debut Frailty (2002), a surprisingly competent and genuinely frightening tale of religious fervor and questionable sanity. Though cynical filmgoers may have initially viewed the trailer-touting praises of former collaborators Raimi and James Cameron as favors from old friends, the taut tale of a father who claims that God has provided him with a list of "demons" that he and his sons must cast from the earth blind-sided critics and filmgoers with its disturbingly minimalistic yet complex psychological thriller that recalled the thematic elements of previous efforts as Michael Tolkin's The Rapture (1991). His performance as a loving father who reluctantly embarks on God's mission was a vital component of the films emotional impact, and was once again proof that this former supporting player still had a few tricks up his sleeve.Though he hadn't paid much attention to television since his early career, in 2006, Paxton took on the lead role in HBO's Big Love, playing a polygamous husband with three wives. The show was a hit and garnered critical acclaim, including three Golden Globe nominations for Paxton. When the show wrapped up after five seasons, Paxton joined the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, earning his only Emmy nomination of his career for the role. In 2014, Paxton took on a recurring role in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., playing the villaino

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Titanic in Dolby Vision Brock Lovett 2017
14% The Circle Actor $20.5M 2017
78% Mean Dreams Wayne 2017
0% Term Life Detective Keenan $13.5K 2016
No Score Yet The Gamechangers Jack Thompson 2015
No Score Yet Pixies Eddie 2015
No Score Yet Texas Rising Preview Actor 2015
95% Nightcrawler Joe Loder 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow Master Sergeant Farell $77.2M 2014
65% Million Dollar Arm Tom House 2014
No Score Yet Taking Tiger Mountain Actor 2014
50% Parkland Producer $0.7M 2013
No Score Yet Red Wing Jim Verret 2013
18% The Colony Mason 2013
64% 2 Guns Earl $73.6M 2013
53% Shanghai Calling Donald 2013
80% Haywire Mr. Kane $19M 2012
No Score Yet His Highness Hollywood Actor 2008
20% The Good Life Executive Producer Robbie 2007
13% Haven Carl Ridley $0.2M 2006
63% The Greatest Game Ever Played Director $15.3M 2005
88% Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Ed Mitchell $32.6M 2005
19% Thunderbirds Jeff Tracy $6.8M 2004
29% Club Dread Coconut Pete $4.6M 2004
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over Dinky Winks 2003
No Score Yet Resistance Ted Brice 2003
80% Ghosts of the Abyss Himself $16.4M 2003
No Score Yet Festival Pass with Chris Gore Actor 2002
75% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Dinky Winks 2002
74% Frailty Director Dad $13.1M 2002
48% Vertical Limit Elliot Vaughn $67.8M 2000
68% U-571 Lt. Cdr. Mike Dahlgren 2000
55% Mighty Joe Young Gregg O'Hara 1998
90% A Simple Plan Hank Mitchell 1998
No Score Yet A Bright Shining Lie John Paul Vann 1998
89% Titanic Brock Lovett 1997
79% Traveller Producer Bokky 1997
22% The Evening Star Jerry Bruckner 1996
57% Twister Bill Harding 1996
63% The Last Supper Zack 1996
95% Apollo 13 Fred Haise 1995
20% Frank & Jesse Frank 1995
70% True Lies Simon 1994
73% Tombstone Morgan Earp 1993
17% Boxing Helena Ray 1993
58% Indian Summer Belston 1993
No Score Yet Future Shock Vince 1993
No Score Yet Monolith Tucker 1993
96% One False Move Dale `Hurricane' Dixon 1992
No Score Yet The Vagrant Graham Krakowski 1992
69% Trespass Vince 1992
45% The Dark Backward Gus 1991
29% Predator 2 Jerry Lambert 1990
19% Navy Seals Dane 1990
No Score Yet The Last Of The Finest Hojo 1990
56% Next of Kin Gerald Gates 1989
17% Brain Dead Jim Reston 1989
43% Slipstream Matt Owen 1989
No Score Yet Pass The Ammo Jesse Wilkes 1988
88% Near Dark Severen 1987
99% Aliens Pvt. Hudson 1986
No Score Yet Aliens (Special Edition) Actor 1986
No Score Yet An Early Frost Bob Maracek 1985
70% Commando Intercept Officer 1985
56% Weird Science Chet 1985
No Score Yet The Atlanta Child Murders Campbell 1985
100% The Terminator Punk Leader 1984
33% Impulse Eddie Russell 1984
67% Streets of Fire Clyde 1984
38% The Lords of Discipline Gilbreath 1983
No Score Yet Night Warning Actor 1983
86% Stripes Soldier 1981
No Score Yet Mortuary Paul Andrews 1981
88% Crazy Mama John 1975
13% The Groove Tube Actor 1974

TV

Credit
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2019
Guest 2018
2017
2016
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007-2019
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest 2017
24% Training Day
2017
Frank Rourke 2017
19% Texas Rising
2015
Sam Houston 2016
2015
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010-2018
Appearing 2015
94% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2013
Agent John Garrett Agent Garrett 2015
2014
71% Hatfields & Mccoys
2012
Randall McCoy 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest 2011
2010
2009
79% Big Love
2006-2011
Bill Henrickson 2011
2010
2009
2007
2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2004
2003
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Voice of Ernie 2003
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice Narrator 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest 1999
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
Guest 1993
1991
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Vic 1986

QUOTES FROM Bill Paxton CHARACTERS

Master Sergeant Farell says: Battle is the Great Redeemer. It is the Fiery Crucible in which true heroes are forged. The one place where all men truly share the same rank, regardless of what kind of parasitic scum they were going in.

General Brigham says: Are you just going to stand there and bleed.

Master Sergeant Farell says: Are you just going to stand there and bleed.

Major William Cage says: What day is it?

General Brigham says: For you? Judgment Day!

Master Sergeant Farell says: For you? Judgment Day!

Major William Cage says: Where is the safety?

Master Sergeant Farell says: Exactly!

Major William Cage says: Your from America?

Major William Cage says: You're from America?

Master Sergeant Farell says: No, I'm from Kentucky.

Master Sergeant Farell says: No sir, I'm from Kentucky.

Master Sergeant Farell says: Destiny calls!

Brock Lovett says: ...Mrs. Calvert?

Old Rose says: I was wondering if you had found the "Heart of the Ocean" yet, Mr. Lovett.

Brock Lovett says: (turns to Bobby, completely shocked)

Brock Lovett says: Great.

Brock Lovett says: (picks up the phone)

Brock Lovett says: This is Brock Lovett. How can I help you, Mrs...?

Brock Lovett says: (turns to Bobby)

Brock Lovett says: All right, you have my attention, Rose. Can you tell us who the woman in the picture is?

Old Rose says: Oh yes, the woman in the picture is me.

Jeff Tracy says: Thunderbirds are go!

Brock Lovett says: This better be good.

Brock Lovett says: Bobby, we're launching now. See these submersible going into the water?

Brock Lovett says: Twenty six years of experience working against him. He figures anything big enough to sink the ship they're gonna see in time to turn. The ship's too big with too small a rudder. It doesn't corner worth a damn. Everything he knows is wrong.

Brock Lovett says: Seeing her coming out of the darkness like a ghost ship, it still gets me every time.

Brock Lovett says: It's pay day, boys.

Brock Lovett says: And everyone who knows about the diamond is supposed to be dead, or on this boat, but she knows!

Brock Lovett says: One-hundred and one next month.

Brock Lovett says: That's right.

Brock Lovett says: Dive six, here we are again on the deck of Titanic. Two and a half miles down. Three-thousand, eight hundred and twenty-one meters. The pressure outside is three-and-a-half tons per square inch. These windows are mine inches thick, and if they go, it's sayonara in two micro-seconds.

Brock Lovett says: (talking to Old Rose) Are you ready to go back to Titanic?

Brock Lovett says: Are you ready to go back to Titanic?

Earl says: Where's the money

Robert "Bobby" Trench says: It ain't down there i'll guarantee that

Robert "Bobby" Trench says: It ain't down there I'll guarantee that.

Pvt. Hudson says: Hey Vasquez have you ever been mistaken for a man?

Pvt. Vasquez says: No. Have you?

Ellen Ripley says: This is little girl survived long than that with no weapons and no training.

Newt says: (salutes)

Newt says: [salutes]

Pvt. Hudson says: Why don't you put her in charge!

Pvt. Hudson says: Game over man!

Mr. Kane says: She called to tell me she was going to Barcelona

Mr. Kane says: She called to tell me she was going to Barcelona.

Kenneth says: What did she say?

Mr. Kane says: I'm going to Barcelona

Mr. Kane says: I'm going to Barcelona.

Pvt. Hudson says: I don't know if you've been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked pal!

Simon says: I have to lie to women to get laid. Even then I don't score much. I got a little dick, it pathetic!

Simon says: Men want this car for only one reason: pussy!

Simon says: Let's face it. The 'Vette . . . get's 'em wet!

Simon says: Let's face it. The 'Vette... get's 'em wet!

Brock Lovett says: Three years, I've thought of nothing except Titanic; but I never got it... I never let it in.

Simon says: take her take her oh god don't dont hurt me.

Simon says: Take her, take her, oh god don't dont hurt me.

Pvt. Frost says: Hot as hell in here.

Pvt. Hudson says: Yeah man, but it's a dry heat!

Intercept Officer says: Fuck you asshole!

Intercept Officer says: *gun is fired but the magazine is empty*

Intercept Officer says: [gun is fired but the magazine is empty]

Col. John Matrix says: No, fuck YOU asshole!

Punk Leader says: [the Terminator arrives naked and encounters some punks] Nice night for a walk, eh?

Terminator says: Nice night for a walk.

Punk says: Wash day tomorrow! Nothing clean, right?

Terminator says: Nothing clean. Right.

Punk Leader says: Hey, I think this guy's a couple cans short of a six-pack.

Pvt. Hudson says: Game over man! Game over! What the fuck are we going to do now? What are we gonna do?

Carter Burke says: Maybe we can build a fire, sing a couple of songs, huh?

Pvt. Hudson says: Hey maybe we got um' demoralized...

Pvt. Vasquez says: Shut up!

Bishop says: I'm afraid I have some bad news...

Pvt. Hudson says: Well that's a switch.

Pvt. Hudson says: What do you mean "They" cut the power? How could they cut the power man they're animals!

Pvt. Hudson says: What do you mean 'They' cut the power? How could they cut the power man they're animals!

Severen says: It's finger lickin good

Severen says: It's finger-lickin' good!

Pvt. Hudson says: Game Over man, Game Over!!

Pvt. Hudson says: Game over man, Game over!

Pvt. Hudson says: Where on one express elevator to hell

Pvt. Hudson says: We're on an express elevator to hell.

Pvt. Hudson says: I feel saver all ready

Pvt. Hudson says: I feel safer already.

Pvt. Hudson says: Stop your grinning and drop you linen!

Pvt. Hudson says: Hey top, what's the op?

Sgt. Apone says: It's a rescue mission, you'll love it. There's some juicy colonists' daughters we have to rescue from their virginity. Heh!

Pvt. Hudson says: We're in some real pretty shit now, man!

Pvt. Hudson says: Game over man, game over!

Ellen Ripley says: They cut the power.

Pvt. Hudson says: What do you mean, "They cut the power"? How could they cut the power, man? They're animals!

Pvt. Hudson says: What do you mean, 'They cut the power'? How could they cut the power, man? They're animals!

Pvt. Hudson says: We're on express elevator to hell, goin' down!

Pvt. Hudson says: Man, this floor is freezing.

Sgt. Apone says: What would you like me to do, fetch some slippers for ya?

Pvt. Hudson says: (sarcastically) Gee, would ya sir? I'd like that.

Pvt. Hudson says: [sarcastically] Gee, would ya sir? I'd like that.

Sgt. Apone says: (pointing at his eye) Look into my eye.

Sgt. Apone says: [pointing at his eye] Look into my eye.

Pvt. Hudson says: Oh that's great! That's just fuckin' great man! Now what the fuck are we supposed to do? We're in some real pretty shit now man!

Cpl. Dwayne Hicks says: (grabbing him by the armor) Are you finished?!

Cpl. Dwayne Hicks says: [grabbing him by the armor] Are you finished?!

Pvt. Hudson says: Game over man, GAME OVER!

Pvt. Hudson says: Hey, maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!

Pvt. Hudson says: They're comin' outta the walls! They're comin' outta the goddamn walls! Let's book it!

Pvt. Hudson says: Hudson sir...he's Hicks!!

Pvt. Hudson says: Hudson sir...he's Hicks!

Pvt. Hudson says: How do I get out of this chicken shit outfit?

Chet Donnelly says: You stupid butt wad

Chet Donnelly says: You stupid butt wad.

Chet says: You're stewed, buttwad!

Wyatt says: Who me?

Wyatt says: Me?

Chet Donnelly says: Do you know what time it is?

Chet says: Do you know what time it is?

Chet Donnelly says: Uhh....2?

Chet Donnelly says: Uhh...2?

Chet says: Uhh...Two?

Chet Donnelly says: Time to pay the piper

Chet Donnelly says: Time to pay the piper.

Chet says: Time to pay the fiddler.

Pvt. Hudson says: I'm ready, man, check it out. I am the ultimate badass! State of the badass art! You do NOT wanna f**k with me. Check it out! Hey Ripley, don't worry. Me and my squad of ultimate badasses will protect you! Check it out! Independently targeting particle beam phalanx. Vwap! Fry half a city with this puppy. We got tactical smart missiles, phase-plasma pulse rifles, RPGs, we got sonic electronic ball breakers! We got nukes, we got knives, sharp sticks...

Mallory Kane says: "Keep your eyes open"

Mallory Kane says: Keep your eyes open.

Mr. Kane says: "I haven't closed my eyes since you were born"

Mr. Kane says: I haven't closed my eyes since you were born.

Pvt. Hudson says: They're coming out of the goddamn walls!!

Pvt. Hudson says: They're coming out of the goddamn walls!

Pvt. Hudson says: That's it man, game over man, game over!

Severen says: Hey Jesse, remember that fire we started in Chicago?

Severen says: Hey, Jesse, remember that fire we started in Chicago?

Severen says: Howdy, I'm gonna separate your head from your shoulders..hope you don't mind none.

Severen says: I'm gonna separate your head from your shoulders. Hope you don't mind none.

Chet Donnelly says: I'm gonna tell Mom and Dad everything. I'm even considering makin' up some sh*t!"

Bill Harding says: "Jonas...son of a bitch."

Bill Harding says: Jonas...son of a bitch.

Bill Harding says: Jonas... son of a bitch.

Melissa says: "Who is that honey?"

Melissa says: Who is that honey?

Bill Harding says: "Jonas Miller, he's a nightcrawler. We all started out in the same lab and Jonas got himself some corporate sponsors! He's in it for the money, not the science! He's got a lot of high tech gadgets...but he's got no instincts...and he doesn't have Dorothy!"

Bill Harding says: Jonas Miller, he's a nightcrawler. We all started out in the same lab and Jonas got himself some corporate sponsors! He's in it for the money, not the science! He's got a lot of high tech gadgets...but he's got no instincts...and he doesn't have Dorothy!

Bill Harding says: Jonas Miller, he's a nightcrawler. We all started out in the same lab and Jonas got himself some corporate sponsors! He's in it for the money, not the science! He's got a lot of high tech gadgets... but he's got no instincts... and he doesn't have Dorothy!

Pvt. Hudson says: Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen

Pvt. Hudson says: Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen!

Pvt. Drake says: Have you ever been mistaken for a man?

Pvt. Drake says: Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?

Pvt. Hudson says: Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?

Pvt. Vasquez says: No, have you?

Pvt. Vasquez says: No. Have you?

Punk Leader says: Suck it motherfucker

Punk Leader says: Suck it motherfucker.

Pvt. Hudson says: Well that's great...that's just fucking great, man! Now what the fuck are we supposed to do?! That's it man, game over, man! Game Over!

Pvt. Hudson says: Well that's great, that's just fuckin' great, man. Now what the fuck are we supposed to do? We're in some real pretty shit now man.

Pvt. Hudson says: Hey, maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!

Pvt. Hudson says: Hey, maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked. Pal!

Pvt. Hudson says: They're coming outta the walls. They're coming outta the goddamn walls. Let's book!