Bill Paxton

Biography: Bill Paxton, who was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, is an American film and TV actor whose acting career began in the 80s. He discovered his desire to become an actor during high school when he and his friends made movies using hand-held cameras and Super 8 film. His parents, who were supportive of his goal, approved of his relocating to Los Angeles when he was eighteen.

In order to pay the bills while looking for work in the industry, Bill used to park cars at the Beverly Hills Hotel. He also began working as a set designer for Roger Corman at New World Pictures. Determined that acting gigs will come his way once he took a few acting lessons, Paxton moved to New York to study under renowned acting coach Stella Adler in New York University. Work did come in as Bill made 11 big screen appearances between 1981 and 1986, the most notable of which was playing the memorable character Chet in Weird Science. Although he began his acting career with minor roles and bit
Bill Paxton, who was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, is an American film and TV actor whose acting career began in the 80s. He discovered his desire to become an actor during high school when he and his friends made movies using hand-held cameras and Super 8 film. His parents, who were supportive of his goal, approved of his relocating to Los Angeles when he was eighteen.

In order to pay the bills while looking for work in the industry, Bill used to park cars at the Beverly Hills Hotel. He also began working as a set designer for Roger Corman at New World Pictures. Determined that acting gigs will come his way once he took a few acting lessons, Paxton moved to New York to study under renowned acting coach Stella Adler in New York University.

Work did come in as Bill made 11 big screen appearances between 1981 and 1986, the most notable of which was playing the memorable character Chet in Weird Science. Although he began his acting career with minor roles and bit parts in blockbuster films such as The Terminator (1984) and Aliens (1986), Paxton eventually made his own hits in major roles in Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), and Titanic.

Aside from his work as an actor, Paxton has also directed short films and episodes of Saturday Night Live. He was also a member of the musical band Martini Ranch. On television, he was cast as Bill Henrickson, the protagonist husband in a polygamous family, in the HBO drama Big Love in 2006.
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Bill Paxton's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 58
Highest Metascore: 87 One False Move
Lowest Metascore: 23 Term Life
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
33 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
43 The Circle Apr 28, 2017 Mae's Father / Vinnie 5.0
56 Million Dollar Arm May 16, 2014 Tom House / Tom House 7.1
51 Parkland Oct 4, 2013 Producer 6.4
55 2 Guns Aug 2, 2013 Earl / Earl 6.6
45 Shanghai Calling Feb 8, 2013 Donald tbd
55 The Greatest Game Ever Played Sep 30, 2005 Director 7.9
48 Vertical Limit Dec 8, 2000 Elliot Vaughn 5.7
51 Mighty Joe Young Dec 25, 1998 Gregg O'Hara tbd
57 Traveller Apr 18, 1997 Producer / Bokky tbd
50 Tombstone Dec 25, 1993 Morgan Earp tbd
46 Predator 2 Nov 21, 1990 Jerry Lambert 6.6
46 Weird Science Aug 2, 1985 Chet Donnelly 8.6
59 Streets of Fire Jun 1, 1984 Clyde The Bartender tbd