Bill Paxton

Biography: Though blessed with leading-man looks, Paxton spent much of his career relegated to playing gung-ho bullies or sleazebags (Aliens, Last Action Hero and his classic turn as a sadistic big brother in Weird Science). Initially, Paxton pursued a career behind the camera as a set dresser and aspiring director before switching to acting. A succession of small bits in the early 1980s (including a part in Pat Benatar's "Shadows of the Night" video) finally led to supporting parts, mainly in action flicks that showcased his imposing presence (Next of Kin, Predator 2). He finally snagged a lead role in the lauded 1992 indie One False Move as a small-town police chief on a crash course with violence. While his nuanced performance upped his profile, he promptly returned to playing second fiddle, albeit in A-list pictures (Apollo 13, Titanic, Twister). He also realized his directing dreams with the 2001 feature Frailty, in which he also starred. As the 2000s wore on, his career slowed down.Though blessed with leading-man looks, Paxton spent much of his career relegated to playing gung-ho bullies or sleazebags (Aliens, Last Action Hero and his classic turn as a sadistic big brother in Weird Science). Initially, Paxton pursued a career behind the camera as a set dresser and aspiring director before switching to acting. A succession of small bits in the early 1980s (including a part in Pat Benatar's "Shadows of the Night" video) finally led to supporting parts, mainly in action flicks that showcased his imposing presence (Next of Kin, Predator 2). He finally snagged a lead role in the lauded 1992 indie One False Move as a small-town police chief on a crash course with violence. While his nuanced performance upped his profile, he promptly returned to playing second fiddle, albeit in A-list pictures (Apollo 13, Titanic, Twister). He also realized his directing dreams with the 2001 feature Frailty, in which he also starred. As the 2000s wore on, his career slowed down. But it got a nice boost when he signed on as a bigamist businessman on the edgy series Big Love, which debuted in 2006 and showcased his heretofore untapped sex appeal. His lead role In that HBO drama as seemingly sincere, though frequently duplicitous, Bill Henrickson expanded his fame and yielded an often mesmerizing performance: As Larry Hagman did as J.R. Ewing on Dallas, Paxton generally managed to rise above specious story lines and make viewing of Big Love a big joy. Paxton continued to find success on the small screen, earning an Emmy nom for the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys and taking on a recurring role on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Paxton died suddenly, of complications from surgery, in early 2017. Expand

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: 17 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
38 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
43 The Circle Apr 28, 2017 Mae's Father / Vinnie 5.0
64 Mean Dreams Mar 17, 2017 Wayne Caraway 6.9
23 Term Life Apr 29, 2016 Cast / Detective Keenan / Joe Keenan 5.4
76 Nightcrawler Oct 31, 2014 Cast / Joe Loder / Joe Loder 8.6
71 Edge of Tomorrow Jun 6, 2014 Cast / Principal Cast / Master Sergeant Farell 8.6
56 Million Dollar Arm May 16, 2014 Tom House / Tom House 7.1
51 Parkland Oct 4, 2013 Producer / Producer tbd
tbd Red Wing Oct 4, 2013 Jim Verret tbd
28 The Colony Sep 20, 2013 Mason 5.3
55 2 Guns Aug 2, 2013 Earl / Earl 6.6
45 Shanghai Calling Feb 8, 2013 Donald tbd
67 Haywire Jan 20, 2012 Cast 7.5
37 Haven Sep 15, 2006 Carl Ridley / Carl Ridley 7.0
55 The Greatest Game Ever Played Sep 30, 2005 Director 8.1
36 Thunderbirds Jul 30, 2004 Jeff Tracy 7.5
67 Ghosts of the Abyss Apr 11, 2003 Himself 6.4
64 Frailty Apr 12, 2002 Director / Dad Meiks 8.8
48 Vertical Limit Dec 8, 2000 Elliot Vaughn 6.1
62 U-571 Apr 21, 2000 Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dahlgren 6.8
51 Mighty Joe Young Dec 25, 1998 Gregg O'Hara / Gregg O'Hara tbd
82 A Simple Plan Dec 11, 1998 Hank 7.6
75 Titanic Dec 19, 1997 Brock Lovett 8.5
57 Traveller Apr 18, 1997 Producer / Bokky tbd
68 Twister May 10, 1996 Bill Harding 7.2
77 Apollo 13 Jun 30, 1995 Fred Haise 8.0
63 True Lies Jul 15, 1994 Simon 8.7
50 Tombstone Dec 25, 1993 Morgan Earp 7.4
26 Boxing Helena Sep 3, 1993 Ray O'Malley 6.9
51 Indian Summer Apr 23, 1993 Jack Belston tbd
87 One False Move May 8, 1992 Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon 7.7