The star of blockbuster movies like ‘Titanic,’ ‘Big Love,’ and ‘Aliens,’ Bill Paxton is known for producing some major box office hits. He is also remembered for his versatility and penchant for eccentric roles. He started his career with minor roles, including a punk thug in ‘The Terminator.’ He made a memorable impression in ‘Weird Science’, by John Hughes, where Paxton played the role of a bullying older sibling.
He played some unforgettable roles, including a modern day treasure hunter unlocking the secrets of the maritime disaster in ‘Titatic’; a blood thirsty vampire in ‘Near Dark’; an eccentric cop in ‘One False Movie’; a melodramatic Private Hudson in ‘Aliens’; and an astronaut in ‘Apollo 13’ amongst various others.
He also formed a musical band ‘Martini Ranch.’ His lead role in ‘Big Love’ fetched him three ‘Golden Globe’ nominations. He was critically acclaimed and nominated for a ‘Screen Actor Guild Award’ and ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ for Hatfields & McCoys’, a History channel miniseries where he portrayed the role of Randall McCoy. He had a flourishing and illustrious career in showbiz for approximately four decades. He last appeared in ‘The Circle,’ which released posthumously.