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Bill Paxton is a Actor, Director, Producer and Set Decoration American born on 17 may 1955 at Fort Worth (USA)

Bill Paxton

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Birth name William Paxton
Nationality USA
Birth 17 may 1955 at Fort Worth (USA)
Death 25 february 2017 (at 61 years)

William "Bill" Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is an American actor and director. He gained popularity after starring in a number of films, including The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), and Titanic (1997). He also starred in the HBO series Big Love (2006–2011) and was nominated for an Emmy Award for the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.

Biography

Enfance, formation et débuts
William Paxton naît et grandit à Fort Worth, au Texas, le 17 mai 1955, fils de Mary Lou (née Gray) et John Lane Paxton, un homme d'affaires, grossiste de bois d'œuvre, directeur de musée et acteur occasionnel. Il est élevé selon la religion catholique de sa mère. L'arrière-arrière-grand-père de Paxton est Elisha Franklin Paxton, un brigadier général de l'armée des États confédérés pendant la guerre de Sécession qui a été tué à la tête de la brigade de Stonewall à la bataille de Chancellorsville.

Il fréquente Arlington Heights High School à Fort Worth et la Texas State University (plus tard appelée Southwest Texas State University) à San Marcos.

Il déménage à Los Angeles, en Californie, et commence au milieu des années 1970 à travailler pour le réalisateur/producteur Roger Corman comme décorateur de plateau.

Il déménage ensuite à New York pour étudier au conservatoire Stella Adler.

C'est en travaillant pour Roger Corman qu'il rencontre James Cameron, embauché lui aussi comme décorateur ; depuis, une solide amitié lie les deux hommes. De 1974 à 1981, il travaille comme décorateur.


Carrière
Bill Paxton débute devant la caméra dans le film d'action Crazy Mama de Jonathan Demme (1975). Neuf ans et sept petits rôles plus tard, l'acteur fait une apparition courte mais remarquée dans Terminator, de James Cameron, face à Arnold Schwarzenegger nu comme un ver agressé par une bande de punks dont il est le chef. Ces quelques secondes à l'écran marquent le début d'une longue collaboration avec James Cameron.

Dans Une créature de rêve de John Hughes il est le grand frère bourrin. Ensuite il apparaît dans Commando en 1985, puis incarne un marine colonial dans Aliens, le retour un an plus tard. En 1987, l'acteur joue le vampire moderne dans Aux frontières de l'aube, réalisé par Kathryn Bigelow, future épouse de James Cameron.
Predator 2 en 1990 et Tombstone en 1993 confirment encore la propension du comédien aux seconds rôles musclés, avant que True Lies ne l'amène une nouvelle fois au cœur de la galaxie Cameron en 1994, collaborant à nouveau avec Arnold Schwarzenegger. Un an plus tard, il s'envole à bord de la mission Apollo 13 en compagnie de Tom Hanks et Kevin Bacon.

En 1996, il tient sa première véritable tête d'affiche aux côtés d'Helen Hunt dans Twister, l'un des grands vainqueurs de l'été américain. Il assoit encore sa popularité un an plus tard en incarnant un explorateur de fonds sous-marins dans Titanic.



Changement d'échelle en 1998 avec Un plan simple de Sam Raimi, production plus modeste mais largement saluée par la critique. Il retrouve cependant vite les chemins du cinéma populaire avec Mon ami Joe (1999), puis U-571 et Vertical Limit tous deux produits en 2000.

En 2002, il signe son premier long métrage derrière la caméra avec Emprise, dont il est également l'une des deux têtes d'affiche avec Matthew McConaughey, puis participe à l'aventure de Spy Kids 2 : Espions en herbe. Il retrouve également James Cameron pour le film-documentaire Les Fantômes du Titanic.

En 2006 et 2010, il incarne Bill Henrickson, un mormon fondamentaliste qui vit avec ses trois femmes, dans la série Big Love diffusée sur HBO.

En 2013 et 2014, il joue dans 9 épisodes de la série Marvel : Les Agents du SHIELD où il incarne John Garrett.


Particularité
Bill Paxton est le seul acteur, avec Lance Henriksen, à avoir été tué par un Alien (Aliens, le retour), un Terminator (Terminator) et un Predator (Predator 2), trois icônes de l'univers Sci-Fi au cinéma.


Mort
Bill Paxton meurt le 25 février 2017 à Ojai, en Californie, aux (États-Unis), à l'âge de 61 ans, de complications suite à une opération de chirurgie cardiaque.

Il est alors reconnu comme l'un des plus célèbres seconds rôles du cinéma.

Best films

Twister (1996)
(Actor)
True Lies (1994)
(Actor)
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
(Actor)
Apollo 13 (1995)
(Actor)
Vertical Limit (2000)
(Actor)
Aliens (1986)
(Actor)

Usually with

James Cameron
James Cameron
(6 films)
Luke Askew
Luke Askew
(5 films)
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Bill Paxton (70 films)

Display filmography as list

Actor

The Circle
The Circle (2017)
, 1h50
Directed by James Ponsoldt
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Social science fiction
Themes Films about computing, Films set in the future, Sécurité informatique, Dystopian films
Actors Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, Bill Paxton
Roles Vinnie Holland
Rating53% 2.653722.653722.653722.653722.65372
Mae Holland est engagée dans le groupe de services technologiques le plus important au monde, appelé Le Cercle. Elle est bientôt encouragée par le créateur, Eamon Bailey, à participer à une expérience où ses choix auront une influence significative sur la vie privée de ses proches et leur liberté individuelle.
Mean Dreams, 1h45
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies
Actors Sophie Nélisse, Josh Wiggins, Bill Paxton, Colm Feore, George Buza
Roles Wayne Caraway
Rating63% 3.152113.152113.152113.152113.15211
Jonas est le fils solitaire de 15 ans d'un fermier qui vit près des Grands Lacs au Canada et il passe ses journées à travailler avec lui dans son ranch. Un jour, le jeune homme rencontre ses nouveaux voisins : Wayne Caraway, un flic local, et sa fille adolescente, Casey, dont il tombe amoureux. Alors que les deux ados commencent une idylle amoureuse, Wayne s'impose entre eux. Quand Jonas le voit frapper sa fille, il décide, après s'être révolté contre Wayne, de fuir avec Casey après avoir volé un sac rempli de billets provenant d'un trafic de drogue dans lequel est impliqué le père de son amoureuse. Traqués par ce dernier ainsi que par les autorités, les deux adolescents vont devoir survivre.
Term Life
Term Life (2016)
, 1h33
Directed by Peter Billingsley
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Hailee Steinfeld, Jonathan Banks, Jon Favreau, Bill Paxton, Vince Vaughn, Taraji P. Henson
Roles Detective Keenan
Rating55% 2.7554152.7554152.7554152.7554152.755415
Nick Barrow planifie minutieusement des cambriolages qu'il revend ensuite au plus offrant. Alejandro Vasquez lui en achète un, le réalise mais se fait assassiner une fois en possession de l'argent. Nick et sa fille se retrouvent alors poursuivis par le père d'Alejandro, qui est un parrain de la mafia, des tueurs à gages et des flics ripoux.
Edge of Tomorrow, 2h3
Directed by Doug Liman
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action
Themes Films about religion, Time travel films, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Political films, Temporal paradox, Dystopian films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Lara Pulver
Roles Msg. Farell
Rating78% 3.947773.947773.947773.947773.94777
A race of extraterrestrials called Mimics has taken over continental Europe. In England, General Brigham, head of humanity's United Defense Force, orders Major William Cage, a public affairs officer with no combat experience, to cover the next day's amphibious assault in France. Cage objects to the dangerous assignment and threatens to blackmail Brigham to avoid it. Brigham has Cage arrested; Cage is knocked out trying to escape. He wakes in handcuffs at a forward operating base at Heathrow Airport and discovers he has been demoted to private, charged with desertion, and assigned to a combat squad named "J" squad under the command of Master Sergeant Farell.
Million Dollar Arm, 2h4
Directed by Craig Gillespie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Sports films, Baseball films, Cricket films, Children's films
Actors Jon Hamm, Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin, Lake Bell, Bar Paly, Suraj Sharma
Roles Tom House
Rating69% 3.498983.498983.498983.498983.49898
J. B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) is a big time sports agent who, along with his partner Ash Vasudevan (Aasif Mandvi) recently formed their own company. Unfortunately, all of J.B.'s clients have retired, and he is unable to reel in star football player Popo Vanuatu (Rey Maualuga). Desperate to find new clients, J.B. realizes India, with over one billion people, has real potential for untapped baseball talent. He approaches investor Mr. Chang with his proposal - a talent contest staged in India called "Million Dollar Arm." Contestants score points by demonstrating they can pitch a baseball with speed and accuracy. Along with the prize money, two winners will be flown to the U.S. and receive coaching to become legitimate baseball prospects within two years. Chang commits to providing the funding, on the condition the prospects are ready within only one year. With no alternative, J.B. reluctantly assures Chang the winners will be ready for a major league try-out within one year.
Nightcrawler, 1h57
Directed by Dan Gilroy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about television, Films about psychiatry
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Eric Lange, Kevin Rahm
Roles Joe Loder
Rating78% 3.9485153.9485153.9485153.9485153.948515
Caught stealing from a Los Angeles construction site, Louis Bloom is confronted by a security guard for trespassing. He attacks the security guard, steals his watch and leaves with the stolen material. After negotiating a price for the material at a scrap yard, Bloom asks for a job, but the foreman says he does not hire thieves.
2 Guns
2 Guns (2013)
, 1h49
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Buddy films, Heist films, Children's films, Gangster films, Escroquerie, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, James Marsden, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos
Roles Earl
Rating66% 3.348683.348683.348683.348683.34868
Criminals Robert Trench (Denzel Washington) and Michael Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) are questioned by the United States Border Patrol after a meeting with drug lord Manny "Papi" Greco (Edward James Olmos) in Mexico. Unknown to Stigman, Trench is an undercover DEA agent and reports to his superior, Jessup (Robert John Burke), that he failed to acquire cocaine from Greco that they could use as evidence to convict him.
The Colony
The Colony (2013)
, 1h35
Origin Canada
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Horror
Themes Environmental films, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Zegers, Bill Paxton, Charlotte Sullivan, Atticus Mitchell, Romano Orzari
Roles Mason
Rating52% 2.649472.649472.649472.649472.64947
By 2045, humans have built weather machines to control the warming climate due to climate change and global warming. The machines break down when one day it begins to snow and doesn't stop. Whatever humans remain live in underground bunkers to escape the extreme cold. Their challenges are controlling disease and producing sufficient food. Two soldiers, Briggs (Laurence Fishburne) and Mason (Bill Paxton) are the leaders of one such bunker, Colony 7. Briggs, Sam (Kevin Zegers) and Graydon (Atticus Dean Mitchell) travel to nearby Colony 5 after receiving a distress signal.
Shanghai Calling, 1h38
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Daniel Henney, Eliza Coupe, Bill Paxton, Alan Ruck, Zhu Zhu, Charles Mayer
Roles Donald
Rating62% 3.148473.148473.148473.148473.14847
Sam Chao (Daniel Henney), an ambitious New York attorney, is sent to Shanghai on an assignment. Things go disastrously wrong and he finds his career in jeopardy. With the help of his beautiful relocation specialist Amanda Wilson (Eliza Coupe), fast food entrepreneur Donald Cafferty (Bill Paxton), and a few others, Sam just might be able to save his job and learn to appreciate the wonders that Shanghai has to offer.
Hatfields & McCoys (miniseries), 4h50
Directed by Kevin Reynolds
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Documentary, Western
Themes Political films
Actors Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Tom Berenger, Matt Barr, Powers Boothe, Andrew Howard
Roles Randolph "Randall" McCoy, leader of the McCoys.
Rating79% 3.999463.999463.999463.999463.99946
Haywire
Haywire (2011)
, 1h33
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Spy, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Spy films, Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films
Actors Michael Fassbender, Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas
Roles John Kane
Rating57% 2.899122.899122.899122.899122.89912
Former Marine Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) goes to a diner in Upstate New York to meet Aaron (Channing Tatum). He tells her to get in his car, but she refuses and they fight. He pulls out a gun, but she disarms and pistol-whips him. Scott (Michael Angarano), a customer in the diner, intervenes and Mallory demands his car keys and that he get in the car. As they flee, she explains who she is and what has happened to her. The flashback sequences are intermixed with scenes of their flight.
The Good Life, 1h30
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Mark Webber, Zooey Deschanel, Drea de Matteo, Harry Dean Stanton, Bill Paxton, Chris Klein
Roles Robbie
Rating64% 3.249133.249133.249133.249133.24913
A movie about the travails of Jason (Mark Webber), a young gas station attendant and movie projectionist living in Nebraska. His encounters with various social difficulties and with Frances (Zooey Deschanel), a beautiful and enigmatic young woman leads to dramatic changes and decisions in his life.
Thunderbirds, 1h35
Directed by Jonathan Frakes
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Films about families, Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, Comedy science fiction films, Films set in the future, Space opera, Heist films, Children's films, Disaster films
Actors Brady Corbet, Bill Paxton, Anthony Edwards, Sophia Myles, Lou Hirsch, Vanessa Hudgens
Roles Jeff Tracy
Rating43% 2.1531352.1531352.1531352.1531352.153135
The Tracy family, led by former astronaut Jeff Tracy, operate International Rescue, a secret organization that aids those in need using the technologically advanced machines called Thunderbirds. The youngest son Alan lives at a boarding school on the mainland dreaming of being a Thunderbird pilot. He and his friend Fermat Hackenbacker, son of the Thunderbirds’ engineer Brains, are picked up by Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward and her butler Aloysius Parker. Lady Penelope is an International Rescue agent, travelling to Tracy Island in the South Pacific in her limo FAB 1. The Thunderbirds return from an oil rig fire, but Alan and Fermat play around in Thunderbird 1, discovering a strange compound splattered on the side. Unbeknownst to them, the compound is a tracking beacon being used by the Hood, a psychic criminal mastermind who has a vendetta against Jeff for not saving him in a collapsing diamond mine while his brother Kyrano was rescued.
Club Dread
Club Dread (2004)
, 1h43
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Serial killer films, Comedy horror films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Bill Paxton, Kevin Heffernan, Brittany Daniel, Jordan Ladd, Stephen Carlos Lemme, Jay Chandrasekhar
Roles Coconut Pete
Rating56% 2.8483652.8483652.8483652.8483652.848365
Pleasure Island is a resort off the coast of Costa Rica, owned by famous musician Coconut Pete. Staff members Rolo, Stacy, and Kelly sneak into the jungle to have sex. They are ambushed by a masked figure, who stabs Rolo to death. The killer chases the girls through the jungle. The killer pushes Kelly off a cliff and decapitates Stacy before she can reach help. The resort staff remain unaware of the killings until Carlos' body is found behind the kitchen. Dave relates a story about a former employee who lost his mind and murdered his fellow staff members; though Pete insists it's a story made up to scare guests around the campfire, the mounting death toll suggests otherwise. Putman alerts the others when he finds Cliff murdered in a hedge maze. A message left by the killer suggests that he is targeting only the staff. All communication devices and transportation have been stolen or destroyed. Hank, a former FBI agent, convinces the staff to continue with their jobs and allow him to catch the killer. Yu remains intent on warning the guests, despite warnings not to do so from the killer. When she lures the guests to the beach to make the announcement, she is attacked by the killer. Hank intervenes, but the killer slashes his throat and turns on Yu. Their bodies are found the next day.