Bill Paxton in Apollo 13 | 1995

Clip Name: Going Around the Moon


Bill Paxton in Apollo 13 | 1995

Starring: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon
Directed by: Ron Howard
About this actor

William "Bill" Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is an American actor and film director. He gained popularity after his starring roles in the movies Apollo 13, Twister, Aliens, and True Lies. Paxton is currently starring in the fifth and final season of the HBO series Big Love which will premiere in the United States on January 16, 2011. Paxton was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Mary Lou (née Gray) and John Lane Paxton - a businessman, lumber wholesaler, museum executive, and occasional actor. Paxton was raised Catholic, his mother's religion. He attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas, and then Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles, California, and began working for the movie director Roger Corman as a set designer on his movies. His experiences working behind the camera influenced Paxton's decision to pursue acting, which then led him to relocate to New York City, where he studied under famed...

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