Bill Paxton was an American actor who is known for portraying roles in many box office hits such as The Terminator, Aliens, Predator 2, and Titanic. He was the father of actor James Paxton who is known for his role in the series Eyewitness. He was also the co-founder of the musical band Martini Ranch which released its debut album Holy Cow in 1988. Stay tuned to the page to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Bill Paxton in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Bill Paxton was born as William Archibald Paxton to John Lane Paxton and Mary Lou on May 17, 1955, in Fort Worth, Texas, The United States. His father John was a businessman who has also appeared in some films most notably the Spider-Man series. Bill was diagnosed with rheumatic fever when he was 13 which damaged his heart. As a teenager, he worked with Mike Muir as a paper delivery boy and was present in the crowd at the Hotel Texas on the day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
Bill married his first wife Kelly Rowan in 1979 but their marriage lasted long only for few months, and they got separated the following year. In 1987, he married Louise Newbury with whom he has a son and a daughter James Paxton and Lydia Paxton respectively. James Paxton is also an actor who rose to fame through the drama series Eyewitness.
Career, Awards & Nomination
Bill made his silver screen debut through the 1975 film Crazy Mama in which he did a relatively small role. After 6 six years without any offers, he came back to the industry through the film Stripes in 1981 portraying the role of a soldier. In 1982, Bill founded a music band Martini Ranch along with his friend Andrew Todd. He then went on to act in films such as Night Warning, The Lords of Discipline, Mortuary, Streets of Fire, and Impulse until 1984.
In 1984, he got his much-needed break through the James Cameroon directorial The Terminator in which he portrayed a small role but gained attention as the film was a milestone in the history of Hollywood. In 1988 his band released the album Holy Cow and the music video for its single Reach was directed by James Cameroon.
His performance in the 1986 film Aliens won him the Best Supporting Actor award at the Saturn Awards, and he became a frequent collaborator with James Cameroon featuring in his movies such as True Lies and even in the blockbuster Titanic.
He starred in the HBO series Big Love from 2006 to 2011 which earned him three Golden Globe Nominations. His role as Randall McCoy in the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys earned him nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. He won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture in 1996 for the film Apollo 13.
Net Worth & Earnings
Bill owned a 3,683 sq ft mansion with four bedrooms and four bathrooms in California that he bought in 1991 for $633,000. Having acted in many successful films and television series, he has amassed great fortune and his net worth at the time of his death was estimated to be $40 million.
Bill Paxton died of a stroke on February 25, 2017, which was the consequence of surgery he underwent a few days before. In February 2018 his wife and children sued the hospital for the negligence happened in his surgery. He is remembered in the hearts of his fans forever.