As one of Hollywood's leading men, BILL PAXTON'S (Vinnie) long
standing career includes numerous and varied roles in both television and film,
earning equal distinction in both.
Bill can currently be seen in CBS's "Training Day," a crime thriller series that
is set 15 years after the events of the feature film, about a young, idealistic
police officer who is tapped to go undercover in an elite squad of the LAPD
where he partners with a morally ambiguous veteran detective. Paxton plays
Detective Frank Rourke, the veteran LAPD cop who heads up the Special
Investigation Section. The series, which was included on Rolling Stone's "10
Best TV Shows to See in February" list, premiered on February 2nd.
Upcoming, Paxton will star in the thriller Mean Dreams, which hits theaters on
March 17th. Directed by Nathan Morlando, the film is about a
fifteen--year--old boy who steals a bag of drug money and runs away with the
girl he loves while her corrupt cop father (Paxton) hunts them down. The film
was invited to be part of the director's fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival
In 2014, Paxton starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler, a crime
thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy. The film received critical
acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Original Screenplay,"
as well as for a Critics' Choice "Movie Award," a London Film Critics' "Circle
Award" and it was included in the American Film Institute's "Top Ten Films of
the Year." Also, that year, he starred in Disney's Million Dollar Arm opposite
Jon Hamm, and Warner Bros' Edge of Tomorrow, opposite Tom Cruise. The year
before that, Paxton could be seen in Baltarsar Kormakur's Two Guns opposite
On the small screen, Paxton most recently played 'Sam Houston' in "Texas
Rising," a History Channel miniseries based on the Texas Revolution. He
previously worked with the History Channel on the mini--series "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 work. Paxton was also
honored with three Golden Globe nominations for his work on HBO's critically
acclaimed series "Big Love" in which his character, Bill Henrickson is husband
to three wives, played by Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny, and Ginnifer
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: 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, Paxton helmed the gothic thriller Frailty, in which he also starred
alongside Matthew McConaughey; and, in 2005, 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 honored with the
National Board of Review 2002 special mention 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 Margulies.
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. Paxton earned a cult following for
his work in movies including Near Dark, Boxing Helena, The Dark Backwards and
Broken Lizard's Club Dread. His other credits include Trespass, Indian Summer,
The Evening Star, Streets of Fire, Frank and 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 wreck site 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, is survived by his wife and children.
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