William "Bill" Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017) was an American actor, director, producer, screenwriter, editor, production designer, production manager, set decorator and singer who played Private Hudson in the 1986 film Aliens and Jerry in the 1990 film Predator 2. He later lent his likeness to the Hudson character in the 2013 video game Aliens: Colonial Marines, although he did not provide the character's voice in this appearance. He was the father of Alien: Alone actor James Paxton. Other notable films Paxton appeared in include Near Dark (1987), Tombstone (1993), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), Titanic (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998) and Edge of Tomorrow (2014). Aside from his work in film, Paxton had an extensive career in television.

For his role in Aliens, Paxton won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor. In addition to this, he was nominated for four Golden Globes and an Emmy. He is often said to be one of two actors (the other being Lance Henriksen) who have been killed on-screen by an Alien, a Predator and a Terminator (although some argue that Paxton's character in The Terminator was not definitively killed).

On February 25, 2017, Paxton died of a stroke precipitated by complications following heart surgery.[1][2]

Awards and Nominations

Year Film Notes
1986 Aliens Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor

Filmography

Year Title Functioned as Notes
Director Actor
1975 Crazy Mama RedCross.png GreenTick.png Uncredited
1980 Fish Heads RedCross.png GreenTick.png
1981 Stripes RedCross.png GreenTick.png
1983 Night Warning RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Taking Tiger Mountain RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Mortuary RedCross.png GreenTick.png
The Lords of Discipline RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Michael Biehn, Valerie Colgan, William Hope and Stuart Milligan
1984 Impulse RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Streets of Fire RedCross.png GreenTick.png
The Terminator RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen and Arnold Schwarzenegger, directed by James Cameron
1985 An Early Frost RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Commando RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Bill Duke, Dan Hedaya, Thomas Rosales, Jr. and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Weird Science RedCross.png GreenTick.png
1986 Fresno RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Aliens RedCross.png GreenTick.png
1987 Near Dark RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Jenette Goldstein and Lance Henriksen
1988 Pass the Ammo RedCross.png GreenTick.png
1989 Slipstream RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Simon Crane, Alan Polonsky and Ricco Ross
Next of Kin RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Adam Baldwin
Back to Back RedCross.png GreenTick.png
1990 Braid Dead RedCross.png GreenTick.png
The Last of the Finest RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Steve Boyum
Navy SEALs RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Michael Biehn
Predator 2 RedCross.png GreenTick.png
1991 The Dark Backward RedCross.png GreenTick.png
1992 The Vagrant RedCross.png GreenTick.png
One False Move RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Trespass RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Gerard G. Williams
1993 Monolith RedCross.png GreenTick.png With John Cann, John Hurt and David St. James
Indian Summer RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Boxing Helena RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Tombstone RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Michael Biehn
1994 Frank and Jesse RedCross.png GreenTick.png
True Lies RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Steve Boyum and Arnold Schwarzenegger, directed by James Cameron
Future Shock RedCross.png GreenTick.png
1995 The Last Supper RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Ron Perlman
Apollo 13 RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Christopher John Fields
1996 Twister RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Jake Busey
The Evening Star RedCross.png GreenTick.png
1997 Titanic RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Simon Crane, Jenette Goldstein and Michael Papajohn, directed by James Cameron
Traveller RedCross.png GreenTick.png
1998 A Bright Shining Lie RedCross.png GreenTick.png
A Simple Plan RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Mighty Joe Young RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Charlize Theron
2000 U-571 RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Carsten Voigt
Vertical Limit RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Simon Crane
2001 Frailty GreenTick.png GreenTick.png
2002 Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Danny Trejo, directed by Robert Rodriguez
2003 Ghosts of the Abyss RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Eat You Alive RedCross.png GreenTick.png Uncredited
Resistance RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Danny Trejo, directed by Robert Rodriguez
2004 Club Dread RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Haven RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Thunderbirds RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Clive Curtis and Deobia Oparei
2005 The Greatest Game Ever Played GreenTick.png GreenTick.png
2007 The Good Life RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Harry Dean Stanton
2011 Haywire RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Michael Fassbender
Tattoo GreenTick.png GreenTick.png
2012 Shanghai Calling RedCross.png GreenTick.png
2013 The Colony RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Laurence Fishburne
2 Guns RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Red Wing RedCross.png GreenTick.png
2014 Edge of Tomorrow RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Simon Crane and Shane Steyn
Million Dollar Arm RedCross.png GreenTick.png
Nightcrawler RedCross.png GreenTick.png With Michael Papajohn

Documentary Appearances

Trivia

  • Paxton was approached by the Brothers Strause for the role of the chef Ritchie in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, but ultimately he did not appear.[3] Had he accepted the role, he would have held the remarkable distinction of appearing in the second movie of the Alien series, the second movie of the Predator series and the second movie of the Alien vs. Predator series. He also would have been the only actor to appear in all three series.

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