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Bill Paxton

Highest Rated:   100% The Terminator (1984)
Lowest Rated:   0% Term Life (2016)
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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 M

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Circle
  • Actor
2017
81% 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
91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow
  • Master Sergeant Farell
$77.2M 2014
63% 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
16% The Colony
  • Mason
2013
64% 2 Guns
  • Earl
$73.5M 2013
53% Shanghai Calling
  • Donald
2013
80% Haywire
  • Mr. Kane
$19.0M 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
74% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
  • Dinky Winks
2002
73% Frailty
  • Director
  • Dad
$13.1M 2002
48% Vertical Limit
  • Elliot Vaughn
$67.8M 2000
68% U-571
  • Lt. Cdr. Mike Dahlgren
2000
52% 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
88% Titanic
  • Brock Lovett
1997
79% Traveller
  • Producer
  • Bokky
1997
23% The Evening Star
  • Jerry Bruckner
1996
57% Twister
  • Bill Harding
1996
63% The Last Supper
  • Zack
1996
95% Apollo 13
  • Fred Haise
1995
No Score Yet Frank & Jesse
  • Frank
1995
72% True Lies
  • Simon
1994
73% Tombstone
  • Morgan Earp
1993
19% Boxing Helena
  • Ray
1993
65% Indian Summer
  • Belston
1993
No Score Yet Future Shock
  • Vince
1993
No Score Yet Monolith
  • Tucker
1993
98% One False Move
  • Dale `Hurricane' Dixon
1992
No Score Yet The Vagrant
  • Graham Krakowski
1992
68% Trespass
  • Vince
1992
45% The Dark Backward
  • Gus
1991
25% Predator 2
  • Jerry Lambert
1990
19% Navy Seals
  • Dane
1990
No Score Yet The Last Of The Finest
  • Hojo
1990
No Score Yet Back to Back
  • Bo Brand
1990
50% Next of Kin
  • Gerald Gates
1989
17% Brain Dead
  • Jim Reston
1989
20% Slipstream
  • Matt Owen
1989
No Score Yet Pass The Ammo
  • Jesse Wilkes
1988
88% Near Dark
  • Severen
1987
98% Aliens
  • Pvt. Hudson
1986
No Score Yet Aliens (Special Edition)
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet An Early Frost
  • Bob Maracek
1985
69% Commando
  • Intercept Officer
1985
56% Weird Science
  • Chet
1985
No Score Yet The Atlanta Child Murders
  • Campbell
1985
100% The Terminator
  • Punk Leader
1984
20% Impulse
  • Eddie Russell
1984
64% 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
86% Crazy Mama
  • John
1975
13% The Groove Tube
  • Actor
1974

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
21% Training Day
2017
  • Frank Rourke
  • 2017
19% Texas Rising
2015
  • Sam Houston
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
  • Appearing
  • 2015
94% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2013
  • Agent John Garrett Agent Garrett
  • 2014
65% Hatfields & Mccoys
2012
  • Randall McCoy
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
85% Big Love
2006-2011
  • Bill Henrickson
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Ernie
  • 2003
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1999

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