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Bill Paxton stars in History Channel's miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" as Randall McCoy.

Bill Paxton earned three Golden Globe nominations for playing Bill Henrickson on the critically-acclaimed series "Big Love," which ran for five seasons on HBO. He also starred as Colonel John Paul Vann in the HBO film "A Bright Shining Lie" for director Terry George which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination.

Paxton has been working steadily as an actor in Hollywood for the past 25 years. In that time he has amassed a large and diverse body of work in every genre. He has appeared in several blockbusters including "Titanic," "Aliens," "Twister," "Tombstone," "True Lies," "Apollo 13," "U-571" and Vertical Limit." In addition, he's worked as a producer on the feature film "Traveler," and as a director on "Frailty" and "The Greatest Game Ever Played."

Moving to Hollywood from Fort Worth, Texas at 18, Paxton began his career as a set dresser on Roger Corman's "Big Bad Mama." After working in the art department on several features, he moved to New York to study acting. Returning to Los Angeles in 1980, he met James Cameron while moonlighting as a set dresser on the low-budget sci-fi movie "Galaxy of Terror." Subsequently he started landing his first acting jobs, in the B-horror movies "Mortuary and Night Warning."

After gaining critical attention in the John Hughes comedy "Weird Science," Paxton's performance as the small-town sheriff in Carl Franklin's "One False Move" marked his emergence as a leading man. In 1998, Roger Ebert cited Paxton as his best actor choice for his turn as Hank Mitchell in Sam Raimi's "A Simple Plan."

Paxton is also known as a cult favorite for his work in movies including "Near Dark," "Boxing Helena," "Streets of Fire," "The Dark Backwards"and "Broken Lizard's Club Dread." Other credits include "Mighty Joe Young," "Thunderbirds," "Trespass," "Indian Summer," "The Evening Star," "Pass the Ammo," "Frank and Jesse," "Navy Seals," "Predator 2" and "The Vagrant."

Paxton is the first and only actor to have visited the wreck site of the Titanic with James Cameron for the documentary "Ghosts of the Abyss," making four descents two and a half miles down to the bottom of the North Atlantic.

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How tall is Bill Paxton? How old is Bill Paxton? Find out here.

Age: 61 years old
Birthday: May 17, 1955
Height: 5' 11"
Nickname: Wild Bill
Full Name / Real Name: William Archibald Paxton
Birthplace: Fort Worth, TX
Wife: Louise Newbury (5/12/1987, 2 children)
Kelly Rowan (10/2/1979 - 7/22/1980, divorced)

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