William 'Bill' Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is an American actor and film director. He gained popularity after starring roles in the films Apollo 13, Twister, Aliens, True Lies, and Titanic. Paxton starred in the HBO series Big Love (2006-2011) and was nominated for an Emmy Award for the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. Paxton was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Mary Lou (nee Gray) and John Lane Paxton, a businessman, lumber wholesaler, museum executive, and occasional actor. He was raised Roman Catholic, his mother's religion. He attended St. Anne's Catholic School, Arlington Heights High School, and Southwest Texas State University (San Marcos).
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