Bill Paxton

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Bill Paxton
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Paxton at WonderCon 2014
Born William Paxton
(1955-05-17)May 17, 1955
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Died February 25, 2017(2017-02-25) (aged 61)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Stroke resulting from surgical complications
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • film director
Years active 1975–2017
Spouse(s)
  • Kelly Rowan (m. 1979; div. 1980)
  • Louise Newbury (m. 1987; his death 2017)
Children 2, including James Paxton
Parent(s)
  • Mary Lou (née Gray)
  • John Lane Paxton
Relatives Bob Paxton (brother)

William "Bill" Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017) was an American actor and movie director. He was in the movie Twister, as "Bill Harding", with co-star, Helen Hunt. Alan Ruck and Philip Seymour Hoffman co-starred. He is also known for his roles in The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Predator 2 (1990), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), and Titanic (1997).

Paxton starred in the HBO series Big Love (2006–2011) and was nominated for an Emmy Award for the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. He is the father of actor John Paxton. In 1987, he won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Aliens.

Paxton was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was raised as a Roman Catholic.[1]

Paxton was in the crowd waving when President John F. Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth, on the morning of his assassination, November 22, 1963. There are pictures at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas where 8-year-old Paxton can be seen lifted above the crowd.[2][3]

Paxton died on February 25, 2017 at a hospital in Los Angeles, California from a post-surgical stroke complicated by heart surgery, aged 61.[4][5][6]

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