Bill Paxton

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Bill Paxton

Born

5/17/1955, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Birth Name

William Paxton

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Pete Lautrec, Peter LeTrek, William Paxton
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Bill Paxton, who was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, is an American film and TV actor whose acting career began in the 80s. He discovered his desire to become an actor during high school when he and his friends made movies using hand-held cameras and Super…more

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    • Bill Paxton: You know, when it's time to pick the peaches, I'm out there picking. A lot of times as an actor, you're just walking around with your thumb up your ass. It's tough to stay disciplined and to have a life, and not to be miserable between jobs. I love spending time with my family, but after a while, if you're not working, you feel like a bum.

    • Bill Paxton: When I got into film making I don't know whether I was a fortune seeker or seeker of fame, I loved the idea of making movies and telling stories. I chose it as something I wanted to do and what sustains me is the work, not the money.

    • Bill Paxton: I've seen so many actors who reach a certain prominence, and then they do a couple of films that don't get accepted by the public or are critically panned and the next thing you know, they're out the door. It's really sad, and you kind of have to project yourself; you've got to guide your own career. In the old days the studios guided your career. Now it's all up to you.

    • Bill Paxton: I've always loved movies about con men. I think con men are as American as apple pie.

    • Bill Paxton: My heroes have always been guys like Keaton, Chaplin, Clint Eastwood who figured out how to empower themselves.

    • (on making huge films)
      Bill Paxton: I think what I'm looking for are timeless themes... If you can find timeless themes you can make movies that are as relevant now as they will be in a thousand years. Size is irrelevant.

    • Bill Paxton: I've always wanted to make films but what I discovered early on is that everybody's got a different story in life and there are a lot of ways to carve a path through any profession.

    • (on him being a caddie when he was younger)
      Bill Paxton: I made all my money around golf courses as a kid. My dad was a member of the club and my big thing was really looking for golf balls. It was like being on an Easter egg hunt every day. Me and my dog Poochy would scour the course when I was eight years old. I relate to this story of a kid growing up next to a golf course because I grew up next to a golf course in Fort Worth, Texas. It was Shady Oaks Country Club, Ben Hogan's home club. It was almost like having Harry Vardon out there on the third hole.

    • (on the television industry)
      Bill Paxton: Good work is hard to come by in this business. If you're smart enough to realize that, you're going to have a good time when you're working. And I think all of us are hep to that.

    • (on supporting the troops)
      Bill Paxton: I support the troops. This is tough time right now. I think a lot of people in our industry are afraid to speak out. I had a drink with Sean Penn the other night. He went over to Baghdad in December just to see for himself what was going on. And that guy is as American as anybody I ever met.

    • (on his TV show "Big Love", where he plays a husband of three different women)
      Bill Paxton: Here I am, finally getting to do a great love story --- times three.

    • (on dealing with the physical trials of making the film "Twister")
      Bill Paxton: Fortunately, I'm oven-tempered for flexible strength.

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