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Born May 17, 1955, in Fort Worth, Texas, Bill Paxton moved to Los Angeles at age 18 and got his start working as a set dresser for B-movie king Roger Corman. After appearing in the Corman-produced Crazy Mama (1975), Paxton headed to New York University to study under acting coach Stella Adler.

Returning to Los Angeles in 1980, Paxton continued to employ his set-dressing skills to earn extra money between acting gigs. It was while moonlighting on the 1981 sci-fi film Galaxy of Terror that he met James Cameron, who would later direct Paxton in a string of blockbusters that includes Aliens (1986), True Lies (1994) and Titanic (1997).

Equally comfortable in popcorn flicks such as Twister (1996) and smaller, serious films such as A Simple Plan (1998), Paxton began a run as the head of a polygamous family on HBO'S "Big Love" in 2006. He's received three Golden Globe nominations for the role.

Bill Paxton in Mean Dreams

Mean Dreams

2017 R

After learning that new neighbor Casey is being abused by her corrupt lawman father, 15-year-old Jonas resolves to save her. Rashly stealing a bag of her dad's dirty drug money, Jonas goes on the run with Casey as her father chases them relentlessly.

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  • Bill Paxton in Alien Alien
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  • Bill Paxton in Tombstone Tombstone
  • Bill Paxton in Apollo 13 Apollo 13
  • Bill Paxton in Titanic Titanic
  • Bill Paxton in Haywire Haywire
  • Bill Paxton in Term Life Term Life
  • Bill Paxton in The Terminator The Terminator
  • Bill Paxton in Weird Science Weird Science
  • Bill Paxton in Predator 2 Predator 2
  • Bill Paxton in Twister Twister
  • Bill Paxton in Nightcrawler Nightcrawler
  • Bill Paxton in Streets of Fire Streets of Fire
  • Bill Paxton in U-571 U-571
  • Bill Paxton in True Lies True Lies
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  • Bill Paxton in Red Wing Red Wing
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