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William “Bill” Paxton was an actor and director, born on 17 May 1955, in Fort Worth, Texas USA, of English, Scots-Irish, German, Swiss, Austrian and French descent.  He is perhaps best known for his roles in films such as “Aliens” (1986), “True Lies” (1994), and “Apollo 13” (1995), but also in TV series like HBO’s “Big Love” (2006-2011) and “Hatfields & McCovs” (2012). He was an active member of the entertainment industry from 1975 until his passing in February 2017.

Have you ever wondered how rich Bill Paxton was? Reportedly, it is estimated that Paxton’s overall net worth was $30 million, with most of his wealth Bill earned by making appearances in films of varied success, some of which have turned out to be blockbusters. His later direction in his career as a director all the more contributed to his net worth growth.

Bill Paxton Net Worth $30 Million

Raised in Fort Worth, Paxton was artistically stimulated by his father, who was a supporter of arts and an occasional actor himself. Bill often went to cultural events and the cinema with his father and siblings, so he showed an early interest in film-making. He matriculated from Arlington Heights High School in 1973, and then went on to study at Richmond College in England, along with his friend Danny Martin, but in 1974, Paxton decided to move to Los Angeles in order to make his way in the film industry. After working on a few side jobs, he obtained his first role, a small part in the movie “Crazy Mama” (1975). Soon after, he enrolled in New York University, where his acting instructor was the famous Stella Adler, but although Bill was amazed by her, he left his studies after the second year and returned to Los Angeles, claiming he didn’t see any point in having the degree.

At the very beginning of the ‘80s, Paxton had some success with “Fish Heads”, a short film he had made. Some of his earliest roles include a short appearance in “The Terminator” (1984) and a supporting role in “Weird Science” (1985). In the 1986 movie “Aliens” he played a sarcastic character, Private William Hudson. Paxton showed his true acting talent as a lead actor in a small thriller “One False Move” (1992), in which he starred with Billy Bob Thornton. This role earned him excellent reviews, which also added to his net worth and then led to his involvement in much bigger films, such as the space-drama “Apollo 13” (1995) and disaster drama film “Twister” (1996). Bill then co-operated with director James Cameron on his films “True Lies” 1994 and “Titanic” (1997), with other notable film appearances being his roles in “A Simple Plan” (1998) and “The Edge Of Tomorrow” (2014).

Paxton also received recognition for some of his television performances. For his lead role in “Big Love” (2006-2011) he received three Golden Globe nominations. His performance in the History Channel’s miniseries “Hatfields & McCovs” (2012) also gained him an Emmy Award nomination, plus increasing his net worth significantly.

Besides being an active actor, Bill also dedicated himself to directing, mostly short films, including “Frailty” (2001), in which he starred, and “The Greatest Game Ever Played” (2005).

Some of his later engagements included the “The Gamechangers” television movie, and “The Circle”, released in late 2015.

In his personal life, Bill Paxton was married to Kelly Rowan for one year(1979-80). He married Louise Newbury in 1987: they have two children, and lived in Ojai, California until his passing from a stroke following heart surgery on 25 February 2017.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Circle2017/Ipost-productionMae's father
Training Day2017TV SeriesDet. Frank Rourke / Frank
Mean Dreams2016Wayne Caraway
Term Life2016Joe Keenan
The Gamechangers2015TV MovieJack Thompson
Texas Rising2015TV Mini-SeriesSam Houston
Pixies2015Eddie Beck (voice)
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Exo Zombies2015Video GameKahn (voice)
Nightcrawler2014Joe Loder
Edge of Tomorrow2014Master Sergeant Farell
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2014TV SeriesJohn Garrett
Million Dollar Arm2014Tom House
Red Wing2013Jim Verret
2 Guns2013Earl
Head Smash: The Prequel2013ShortMaurice (voice)
The Colony2013/IMason
Hatfields & McCoys2012TV Mini-SeriesRandall McCoy
Sky Soldier2012TV MovieNarrator
Shanghai Calling2012Donald
Haywire2011John Kane
Big Love2006-2011TV SeriesBill Henrickson
Big Love: In the Beginning2007TV SeriesBill Henrickson
The Good Life2007Robbie
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D2005Documentary shortEd Mitchell (voice)
Haven2004/ICarl Ridley
Thunderbirds2004Jeff Tracy
Club Dread2004Coconut Pete
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over2003Dinky Winks
Resistance2003Maj. Theodore 'Ted' Brice
Frasier2003TV SeriesErnie
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams2002Dinky Winks
Frailty2001Dad Meiks
Vertical Limit2000Elliot Vaughn
U-5712000Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dahlgren
Mighty Joe Young1998Gregg O'Hara
A Simple Plan1998Hank
A Bright Shining Lie1998TV MovieJohn Paul Vann
Titanic1997Brock Lovett
Traveller1997Bokky
The Evening Star1996Jerry Bruckner
Twister1996Bill Harding
Frank & Jesse1995Frank James
The Last Supper1995/IZachary Cody
Apollo 131995Fred Haise
True Lies1994Simon
Future Shock1994Vince
Tombstone1993Morgan Earp
Tales from the Crypt1993TV SeriesBilly DeLuca
Monolith1993Tucker
Indian Summer1993Jack Belston
Boxing Helena1993Ray O'Malley
Trespass1992Vince
The Vagrant1992Graham Krakowski
One False Move1992Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon
The Dark Backward1991Gus
Predator 21990Jerry Lambert
Navy Seals1990Dane
The Last of the Finest1990Howard 'Hojo' Jones
Brain Dead1990Jim Reston
New Order: Substance1989Video short video "Touched by the Hand of God" uncredited
Next of Kin1989Gerald Gates
Back to Back1989Bo Brand
Slipstream1989Matt Owens
The Roommate1989Short
Riding Fast1988Bobo
Pass the Ammo1988Jesse Wilkes
Martini Ranch: Reach1988Video shortThe Outlaw
Near Dark1987Severen
The Hitchhiker1987TV SeriesTrout
Miami Vice1986TV SeriesVic Romano
Fresno1986TV Mini-SeriesBilly Joe Bobb
Aliens1986/IPrivate Hudson
An Early Frost1985TV MovieBob Maracek
Commando1985Intercept Officer
Weird Science1985Chet Donnelly
The Atlanta Child Murders1985TV Mini-SeriesCampbell
Pat Benatar: Hit Videos1984Video shortRadio Operator (Radio Operator (segment "Shadows of the Night")
The Terminator1984Punk Leader
Impulse1984Eddie
Streets of Fire1984Clyde the Bartender
Taking Tiger Mountain1983Billy Hampton
Mortuary1983/IPaul Andrews
Deadly Lessons1983TV MovieEddie Fox
The Lords of Discipline1983Gilbreath (as 'Wild' Bill Paxton)
Great Day1983TV MovieRudy
Night Warning1982Eddie (as William Paxton)
McClain's Law1982TV SeriesMichael
Barnes & Barnes: Love Tap1981ShortThe Man
Stripes1981Soldier
The Six O'Clock Follies1980TV Series
Fish Heads1980ShortMain Character (uncredited)
The Egyptian Princess, an Unfolding Fantasy1977ShortThe Man
Crazy Mama1975John (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Parkland2013producer
The Good Life2007executive producer
Traveller1997producer
Martini Ranch: Reach1988Video short producer
Barnes & Barnes: Fish Heads1980Short executive producer - uncredited
Fish Heads1980Short producer
The Egyptian Princess, an Unfolding Fantasy1977Short co-producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frailty2001
Saturday Night Live1980TV Series 1 episode
Fish Heads1980Short
Tattoo2011/IIShort
The Greatest Game Ever Played2005

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tattoo2011/IIShort story
Barnes & Barnes: Love Tap1981Short co-writer
Barnes & Barnes: Fish Heads1980Short head writer
Fish Heads1980Short

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flicks1987assistant set dresser
Death Game1977assistant set decorator
Big Bad Mama1974set dresser

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Good Life2007performer: "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"
Club Dread2004performer: "Pleasure Island", "Ponytails Cocktails", "Pina Coladaburg", "Naughty Cal"
You Can't Hurry Love1988performer: "HEADIN' WEST" - as Martini Ranch

Set Decorator

Set Decorator

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Galaxy of Terror1981uncredited
Eat My Dust1976

Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beach Blanket Bango1975as Pete Lautrec

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Barnes & Barnes: Fish Heads1980Short

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Taking Tiger Mountain1983

Production Manager

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trap1998unit manager

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 131996Video documentary additional footage

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Carried Away2009special thanks
Hate* (*a comedy)1999Short special thanks
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory1998TV Movie documentary special thanks
Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 131996Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Talk2017TV SeriesHimself
The 43rd Annual People's Choice Awards2017/IITV MovieHimself
Tom Hanks: A League of His Own2016DocumentaryHimself
Today2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Morning, Texas2015TV SeriesHimself
Texas Rising: Capturing the Revolution - Filming Texas Rising2015Video shortHimself
Texas Rising: General Santa Anna: Leading Mexico2015Video shortHimself
Texas Rising: Sam Houston - A Man of the Revolution2015Video shortHimself
The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards2015TV SpecialHimself
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Larry King Now2013-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Who Do You Think You Are?2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2015TV SeriesHimself
A World on the 'Edge of Tomorrow'2014Video shortHimself
Edge of Tomorrow: Storming the Beach2014Video shortHimself
Edge of Tomorrow: Weapons of the Future2014Video shortHimself
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2 Guns: Boston Premiere Documentary2013Video documentary shortHimself
JFK: The Final Hours2013TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Nerdist Presents: A Conversation with... Bill Paxton2013TV MovieHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2013TV SeriesHimself
Reflections on Titanic2012DocumentaryHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2007-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Titanic: 100 Years On2012Himself
America in Primetime2011TV Series documentaryHimself / Bill Henrickson, Big Love
Curiosity2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Host / Narrator (US version)
Overheard2011TV SeriesHimself
Tornado Alley2011Documentary shortHimself - Narrator
5 Things I Learned Today2010TV SeriesHimself
8th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Rachael Ray2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Jay Leno Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Tavis Smiley2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Séries express2009TV SeriesHimself
His Highness Hollywood2008Video documentaryHimself
Sexo en serie2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography2008TV Series documentary
Do You Sleep in the Nude?2007Documentary
Secret's Out2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama
The WIN Awards 20062006TV SpecialHimself
Shootout2006TV SeriesHimself
The View2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996-2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Predator Goes to Town2005Video shortHimself
No Strings Attached: The Making of Thunderbirds2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Superior Firepower: The Making of 'Aliens'2003Video documentaryHimself
The University Greys: From Students to Soldiers2003DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Modern Marvels2003TV Series documentaryHost
Ghosts of the Abyss2003DocumentaryHimself
The Making of 'Frailty'2002Video documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Tombstone'2002Video documentary shortHimself / Morgan Earp
Festival Pass with Chris Gore2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Living in Darkness2002Video documentaryHimself
Anatomy of a Scene2002TV Series documentaryHimself
American Experience2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Reader
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal'2001Video documentaryHimself - L.A. Premiere
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
HBO First Look1996-2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Anatomy of a 'Twister'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Larry King Live2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards1999TV Movie documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV & Presenter: Best Original Score
Saturday Night Live1999TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various / Ted Nugent
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Charlie Rose1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Twister: Ride It Out1998ShortHimself
Directors: James Cameron1997Video documentaryHimself
Abducted: An MTV News Special Report1997TV Movie documentaryHimself - Actor
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 131996Video documentaryHimself
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favorite Actress in a Motion Picture
The Oprah Winfrey Show1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Special Award for Ron Howard
The Annual 1995 ShoWest Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Late Show with David Letterman1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Showbiz Today1995TV SeriesHimself
100 Years of the Hollywood Western1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'True Lies'1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 9th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
The Making of 'Alien 3'1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Trespass'1992TV Movie documentaryVince
The Howard Stern Show1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Predator 2: International1990Video shortHimself
Martini Ranch: How Can the Laboring Man Find Time for Self-Culture1988ShortHimself
The Making of 'Terminator'1984TV Short documentaryHimself
Barnes & Barnes: Soak It Up1983ShortHimself
Barnes & Barnes: Fish Heads1980ShortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Today Live2016TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
Rumble on the Lot: Walter Hill's Streets of Fire Revisited2013Video documentaryClyde the Bartender (uncredited)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2013TV Series documentaryPvt. Hudson
Movie Guide2013TV SeriesEarl
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Nostalgia Critic2011TV SeriesPrivate Hudson
Saturday Night Live: Just Shorts2009TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Reinventando Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryBill Henrickson
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006DocumentaryFred Haise (uncredited)
Derailroaded2005DocumentaryHimself
The Hunters and the Hunted: The Making of 'Predator 2'2005Video documentary shortHimself
Pat Benatar: Choice Cuts - The Complete Video Collection2003VideoRadio Operator (sRadio Operator (segment "Shadows of the Night") (uncredited)
Biography1999TV Series documentaryFred Haise in 'Apollo 13'
Gomorron1997TV SeriesHimself
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1995TV SeriesMorgan Earp
Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection1991VideoMain Character (segment "Fish Heads")
Pat Benatar: The Visual Music Collection1986VideoRadio Operator (segment "Shadows of the Night")
Saturday Night Live1980TV SeriesMan in 'Fish Heads'

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsWestern DocumentaryHatfields & McCoys (2012)· Leslie Greif (executive producer)
· Nancy Dubuc (executive producer)
· Dirk Hoogstra (executive producer)
· Kevin Reynolds (director)
· Bill Kerby (writer)
· Ted Mann (writer)
· Kevin Costner (actor)
· Tom Berenger (actor)
2006WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesBig Love (2006)
2003Filmmaker's Showcase AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

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2001Texas Filmmaker AwardDeep Ellum Film Festival
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastApollo 13 (1995)· Kevin Bacon
· Tom Hanks
· Ed Harris
· Kathleen Quinlan
· Gary Sinise
1987Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorAliens (1986)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actor in a Mini-SeriesHatfields & McCoys (2012)
2013ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesHatfields & McCoys (2012)
2012Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieHatfields & McCoys (2012)
2012OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesHatfields & McCoys (2012)
2010Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaBig Love (2006)
2009Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, DramaBig Love (2006)
2008Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaBig Love (2006)
2007Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaBig Love (2006)
2007Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, DramaBig Love (2006)
2006Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, DramaBig Love (2006)
2003Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorFrailty (2001)
2003CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising DirectorFrailty (2001)
2003DVDX AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Audio Commentary (New for DVD)Aliens (1986)· James Cameron
· Michael Biehn
· Jenette Goldstein
· Carrie Henn
· Christopher Henn
· Lance Henriksen
· Gale Anne Hurd
· Pat McClung
· Dennis Skotak
· Robert Skotak
· Stan Winston
2003OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest First FeatureFrailty (2001)
2003OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Breakthrough FilmmakerFrailty (2001)
1999Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionA Bright Shining Lie (1998)
1998ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastTitanic (1997)· Suzy Amis
· Kathy Bates
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Frances Fisher
· Victor Garber
· Bernard Hill
· Jonathan Hyde
· Gloria Stuart
· David Warner
· Kate Winslet
· Billy Zane
· Danny Nucci
· Bernard Fox
1997Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorTwister (1996)
1995Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorTrue Lies (1994)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Dramatic SeriesTales from the Crypt (1989)
1988Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorNear Dark (1987)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleApollo 13 (1995)· Tom Hanks
· Kevin Bacon
· Ed Harris
· Gary Sinise
· Kathleen Quinlan


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#Fact
1Working on Texas Rising (2015), he found out that he is actually related to Sam Houston. "Sam Houston and I share common grandparents, going back six generations. His mother would be a great-aunt of mine. That makes Sam Houston and me second cousins four times removed".
2He has English, and smaller amounts of Scots-Irish, Austrian, German, French, and Swiss, ancestry.
3Appeared on Limp Bizkit's video, "Eat You Alive". [September 2003]
4Worked as a parking lot attendant.
5Utters the very first line of dialog in The Terminator (1984) and, along with Brian Thompson and Brad Rearden, were the first hapless humans to confront the Terminator in the 'flesh'. Paxton was the punk with the blue spiky hairdo.
6As an eight-year-old, he was in the crowd waving when President John F. Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth, Texas, on the morning of November 22, 1963. There are pictures at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas where the young Paxton can clearly be seen astride the shoulders of an unidentified man.
7Is the only other actor, along with Lance Henriksen, to have been killed by a terminator, an alien, and a predator on screen. Bill was also killed by his character's own son in Frailty (2001).
8Is the only other actor, along with Lance Henriksen, to appear in the Alien, Predator and Terminator film series.
9Lives in Ojai, California.
10For his role on Tombstone (1993), he was trained by renowned Hollywood Gun Coach Thell Reed, who has also trained such actors as: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, Leonardo DiCaprio, Girard Swan, Michael Biehn and Ben Foster.
11Inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame during their annual induction gala at Austin Studios in Austin, Texas on March 9, 2007 for his career achievement in the motion picture film industry. The Texas Film Hall of Fame inductees are native-born Texans who have achieved excellence in their film career.
12Was the first choice as Robert Langdon in The Da Vinci Code (2006). He turned the part down because he was already signed for Big Love (2006). Tom Hanks was cast for the film instead. Coincidentally, Hanks served as executive producer on Paxton's show "Big Love (2006).
13Has appeared in five films with Michael Biehn: The Lords of Discipline (1983), The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), Navy Seals (1990) and Tombstone (1993).
14He has earned the nickname "Wild Bill" among friends and co-stars for his apparently crazed sense of humor and his love for elaborate pranks.
15Attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas, the same high school as John Denver and Lee Harvey Oswald (who left before he graduated).
16Learned to speak German to prepare for his part in the Pat Benatar video "Shadows of the Night".
17Bill's paternal grandfather was a friend and neighbor to the great American painter Thomas Hart Benton.
18Met his wife Louise Newbury on a #13 bus in London. She is his second wife.
19Son of John Paxton.
20Member of the 1980s rock band Martini Ranch. James Cameron directed a video for their song "Reach" featuring many Cameron alumni (Kathryn Bigelow, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein).
21Co-authored and produced the short "Scoop" (1983), which won an Honorable Mention at the 1983 USA Film Festival.
22Has two children with Louise Newbury: James Paxton (b. 1994) and Lydia (b. 19 December 1997).
23As a teen, Bill caddied for golf great Ben Hogan in Fort Worth.
24Bill had rheumatic fever in the 7th grade. It kept him hospitalized for a month and bedridden for four months. He had to take regular doses of penicillin until he was 18.

#Quote
1[on his experiences as a director] I have great empathy for my actors. They trust me because they know that I have been on the front end of the camera.
2Anyone who's worked very hard on a craft or an art to get a certain precision in terms of execution and performance wants to get past all that stuff that holds you up - your ego, all the doubts.
3[on James Cameron] This guy has more integrity than anyone I ever met in my life.
4[on auditioning for The Doors (1991)] I read my ass off. At the time I was doing Navy Seals (1990) and I flew up with short hair and a mustache to read for the lead. [Oliver Stone's] response was, "Well, I just don't see it".
5I support the troops. This is tough time right now. I think a lot of people in our industry are afraid to speak out. I had a drink with Sean Penn the other night. He went over to Baghdad in December just to see for himself what was going on. And that guy is as American as anybody I ever met.
6I've always loved movies about con men. I think con men are as American as apple pie.
7I want people to re-evaluate me. My dream would be to make films like Clint Eastwood did... You have to be a self-starter out here at a certain point. It's important to take the reigns or, otherwise, you can be regaled to obscurity so quickly.
8. . . but it was movies I had always wanted to be in. I'm into the whole thing, not just performing. I love watching what goes on behind the camera. My heroes are Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd -- complete filmmakers.
9It's very liberating to be naked in front of a hundred people, but there's nothing sexual about lovemaking on a movie set...

#Trademark
1Frequently works with James Cameron
2Frequently portrays characters who are dead by the end of their respective films (i.e. The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), Next of Kin (1989), Navy Seals (1990), Predator 2 (1990), Tombstone (1993), U-571 (2000), Vertical Limit (2000), Club Dread (2004))

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