Bill Paxton was an American actor and film director best known to television audiences for his starring role as Bill Henrickson in the television drama series Big Love, from 2006-2011.
He had guest appearances on the television shows The Six O'Clock Follies, Miami Vice, The Hitchhiker, Tales From The Crypt, Saturday Night Live and Frasier.
He also acted in the made-for-TV movies Deadly Lessons (1983), An Early Frost (1985) and A Bright Shining Lie (1998).
In addition, he appeared in the television mini-series The Atlanta Child Murders (1985) and Fresno (1986).
The bulk of Paxton's acting work occurred in films, notably Crazy Mama (his screen debut in 1975), The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), Boxing Helena (1993), Tombstone (1993), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), Titanic (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), U-571 (2000), Vertical Limit (2000), Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002), Thunderbirds (2004) and The Good Life (2007).
Paxton was married to Kelly Rowan from 2 October 1979 - 22 July 1980. The marriage ended in divorce.
On 25 February, 2017, Paxton died at the age of 61 from complications following heart surgery.