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: 59
Highest Metascore: 87 Aliens
Lowest Metascore: 26 Boxing Helena
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
25 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
87 Aliens Jul 18, 1986 Pvt. Hudson 9.0
71 Edge of Tomorrow Jun 6, 2014 Cast / Principal Cast / Master Sergeant Farell 8.4
76 Nightcrawler Oct 31, 2014 Cast / Joe Loder / Joe Loder 8.4
46 Weird Science Aug 2, 1985 Chet Donnelly 8.4
84 The Terminator Oct 26, 1984 Punk Leader 8.3
55 The Greatest Game Ever Played Sep 30, 2005 Director 8.1
77 Apollo 13 Jun 30, 1995 Fred Haise 8.1
74 Titanic Dec 19, 1997 Brock Lovett 8.0
36 Thunderbirds Jul 30, 2004 Jeff Tracy 7.9
82 A Simple Plan Dec 11, 1998 Hank 7.5
67 Ghosts of the Abyss Apr 11, 2003 Himself 7.5
63 True Lies Jul 15, 1994 Simon 7.5
64 Frailty Apr 12, 2002 Director / Dad Meiks 7.4
57 Traveller Apr 18, 1997 Producer / Bokky 7.0
56 Million Dollar Arm May 16, 2014 Tom House / Tom House 7.0
62 U-571 Apr 21, 2000 Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dahlgren 6.8
68 Twister May 10, 1996 Bill Harding 6.8
55 2 Guns Aug 2, 2013 Earl / Earl 6.7
26 Boxing Helena Sep 3, 1993 Ray O'Malley 6.5
37 Haven Sep 15, 2006 Carl Ridley 6.2
51 Parkland Oct 4, 2013 Producer 6.0
48 Vertical Limit Dec 8, 2000 Elliot Vaughn 5.8
67 Haywire Jan 20, 2012 Cast 5.6
28 The Colony Sep 20, 2013 Mason 5.1
45 Shanghai Calling Feb 8, 2013 Donald 4.0
tbd Red Wing Oct 4, 2013 Jim Verret tbd