Bill Paxton has been considered to be one of the best actors in Hollywood for picking movie roles. A listing of some of the movies that has been in can also be compared to a listing of some of the most famous, and profitable movies of all time.
In the late 1990s, E! Entertainment reported that there were several sources that were pointing to Bill Paxton as having the best average take for all actors in Hollywood. This meant that out of all of the movies that he was in, the average for the money made by his movies was higher then any other actor or actress in Hollywood.
Paxton started getting his feet wet in movies during the 1980s. He had at least a small appearance in such movies as Stripes (1981), The Terminator (1984) and Commando (1985). He also had significant roles in cult classics such as Weird Science (1985) and Near Dark (1987).
No Bill Paxton fan can go without mentioning the movie that made Hollywood take notice of him. It was his portrayal of Private Hudson in the 1986 hit, Aliens that started to put him on the map.
The early part of the 1990s is when Bill Paxton started to shine. His portrayal of Jerry Lambert in Predator 2 (1990) made people wonder if he was going to end up being the next action star.
He followed this up with two very powerful dramatic performances in Boxing Helena (1993) and Tombstone (1993). This was able to solidify him as someone who could act in multiple genres.
The next three years would be the cream for Bill Paxton as he would appear in four blockbusters in a matter of three years. He appeared again in an Arnold movie in 1994 when he played Simon in True Lies. He would then give one of his best performances in Apollo 13 (1995).
The next year, he would star in two of the biggest movies of the decade, one of which was the biggest movie of all time. In 1996 he would star across from Helen Hunt in the movie, Twister. To this day, Twister is one of the most owned DVDs in history.
Titanic (1997) would then push Bill Paxton into superstardom. He was given script after script, but he turned most of them down.
According to some sources, after Titanic, Paxton decided that he would only do movies that he wanted to do. He realized that he had enough money to keep him going for a long time, and enough clout to keep him going as well.
While there has not been much in the way of blockbuster movies from Bill Paxton in a while, one fact will remain that he could be one of the best Hollywood actors for picking roles. First, he chose roles that would get him noticed. Now he chooses them to keep himself happy.