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Bill Paxton Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Place Of Birth
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
68 years old
Birth Date
May 17 1955

Bill Paxton Facts

Child Star?
Education & Qualifications
Arlington Heights High School
Net Worth
Current Partner
Louise Newbury
James, Lydia
Mary Lou, John Lane Paxton
Bob Paxton, Ann Paxton-Otten

Bill Paxton was a prolific actor, director, producer, musician, and writer.
Paxton worked with James Cameron on several occasions in the '80s, acting in films such as 'Commando' and 'Aliens'. Bill Paxton reunited with Cameron in 'Titanic', which went on to become one of the highest-grossing pictures of all time.
Before starring in 'Big Love', an HBO dramatic television series, he rose to prominence in the film industry with appearances in blockbusters such as 'Weird Science', 'Near Dark', and 'Apollo 13'.
Even though he died tragically in 2017, Paxton lived a full and successful life.
Let's discover more facts about Bill Paxton's birthday, height, age, and net worth in this article.

About Bill Paxton

William Paxton, or Bill Paxton, was an award-winning American actor who acted in a number of films. On May 17, 1955, Bill Paxton was born and reared in Fort Worth, Texas, United States.
Due to his bizarre sense of humor and intricate pranks on his co-stars and friends, Paxton was dubbed 'Wild Bill' by his co-stars and friends. Throughout his career, Bill Paxton has starred in a wide range of films, including 'The Terminator' and ‘True Lies.’
He did many television roles in 'Deadly Lessons', 'An Early Frost', 'The Atlanta Child Murders', 'Fresno', 'Miami Vice', 'The Hitchhiker', 'Tales From The Crypt', portraying fundamental and believable humanity in each character.
In addition to his acting career, Paxton has directed several short films. 'Frailty' was the first feature picture he directed.
He starred as a radio officer in a music video for Pat Benatar's song 'Shadows of the Night' from 1982. This Hollywood actor made his final movie cameo in 'The Circle' which was released two months following his death (2017).

Bill Paxton Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Bill Paxton’s net worth?

He worked for around 40 years as a director, actor, and musician. His net worth at the time of his death was $40 million.

How much did Bill Paxton earn per year?

Paxton made approximately $6.93 million per year.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Bill Paxton?

Bill Paxton was 1.83 m (183 cm) tall and his eye color was blue.

How old was Bill Paxton when he died?

Bill Paxton passed away at the age of 61. Paxton revealed to Marc Maron on ‘WTF’ in early 2017 that he was diagnosed with a defective aortic heart valve at the age of 13 due to rheumatic illness.
He had open-heart surgery to fix a damaged valve and an aortic aneurysm on February 14, 2017, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A damaged coronary artery necessitated Paxton's second heart surgery.
Paxton died of a deadly stroke on February 25, 2017. His ashes were placed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills after he was cremated.

Childhood And Education

Bill Paxton hailed from Austrian, French, Norwegian, Dutch, German, Scotch-Irish, Swiss, Scottish, and Welsh ancestors. Paxton's mother, Mary Lou, was a fervent Roman Catholic who raised him and his brothers in the church.
In 1973, Paxton undertook his schooling at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth and then Richmond College in London with his old high school friend Danny Martin. In Richmond College, they met their fellow Texas native Tom Huckabee, with whom they collaborated on short films namely 'Super 8' that they created themselves. Paxton later moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18. He worked in the art and props departments in Los Angeles.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Bill Paxton’s spouse?

Paxton married Kelly Rowan in 1979, but they divorced the following year. After Paxton got divorced, he met a student named Louise Newbury, on the Number 13 bus in London and the two got married in 1987.
After they moved to Ojai, California, they had two children; son James (born 1994), who is also an artist, and daughter Lydia (born 1997).

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Paxton played a minor role in 'The Terminator' released in theaters in 1984 alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in which Paxton can be seen as a 'punk.' Bill Paxton was also cast in 'Commando' (1985) and 'Aliens' (1986) directed by James Cameron after mostly working in movies like 'The Lords Of Discipline' released in 1983 and 'Stripes', released on silver screens in 1981.
He was seen in 'Streets Of Fire' and John Hughes's 'Weird Science' which was released on silver screens in 1985. In 'Aliens' (1986), his first debut in the science fiction film, he played Private William Hudson of the United States Colonial Marines.
'Predator 2' (1990), 'The Circle' (2017), '2 Guns' (2013), and playing the character of Morgan Earp in 'Tombstone' (1993) are among some of his most well-known films. Cameron directed 'True Lies' (1994) and 'Titanic' (1997), the last of which was the highest-grossing picture of all time.
In addition to 'Tombstone,' Bill Paxton appeared in 'Apollo 13.' He also received critical acclaim for his leading performance in the 1996 film ‘Twister.’
He directed many short films, including the music video for Barnes & Barnes's novelty song 'Fish Heads,' which debuted during the low-rated 1980–81 season of 'Saturday Night Live' and was in heavy rotation during MuchMusic's early days in Canada.
Paxton prioritized music and co-founded a new wave band named Martini Ranch with a friend. The group's single album, 'Holy Cow,' was released in 1988. During the '90s, Bill appeared in movies such as 'One False Move' and ‘A Simple Plan.’
He proceeded to feature in a diverse variety of hits throughout the 2000s. This American actor began an amazing start of the year in 2000 with films such as 'U-571,' 'Vertical Limit,' and 'Frailty,' which he also supervised.

Charity Work

'Bill Paxton was a wonderful man,' says Sam Neill to TheFIX at Nine's Oscars Charity event, which raised funds for SpinalCure Australia. He discovered the name Otis as a character in his film 'Frailty' while scouting locations in Pasadena.
Paxton came across a homeless man and offered him money. The homeless man refused charity, so Paxton offered to buy the right to use the man's name in his film instead. By the way, Otis was the name of that homeless man.

What awards had Bill Paxton won?

Paxton's highest-profile television performances, including his lead role in HBO's 'Big Love' (2006–2011), earned him three Golden Globe nominations.
Bill Paxton earned an Emmy Award nomination for his outstanding role as Randolph McCoy in 'Hatfields & McCoys', alongside his co-star Kevin Costner. For his work as Private Hudson in the movie 'Aliens', Paxton earned the Saturn Award for the Best Supporting Actor.

Bill Paxton’s Hobbies And Interests

Bill Paxton used to enjoy hunting golf balls as a kid in Texas and loves to sketch.
Paxton set up lemonade stands with all the golf balls he found and sold them to the golfers. That was his hobby and a way for him to supplement his income.
He loved to sketch little homemade postcards. Anytime he visited a place, he drew it using just pen and ink with a little of wash, kind of monochromatic and sent them in the mail to friends. He also won contests and awards for this talent.
Bill also liked to ski jump, and in his teenage years, he won the second-highest ski jump medal.

Other Interesting Bill Paxton Facts And Trivia

Bill Paxton was investigating the Titanic's wreckage when he learned about 9/11.
Bill Paxton was not at home at the time, but rather aboard a ship in the North Atlantic. Bill Paxton was working with director James Cameron on a documentary about the Titanic, 89 years after it went down.
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