After receiving his start playing larger than life goofs in the 1980s, actor Bill Paxton transformed himself from oddball character parts to a dramatic performer with considerable gravitas in acclaimed features and on television series. Paxton first gained significant notice as the bullying Chet in "Weird Science" (1985), before famously playing loud-mouthed Private Hudson for James Cameron in "Aliens" (1986). In the following decade, he was landing leading roles in movies like "Brain Dead" (1990), "The Vagrant" (1992), and "One False Move" (1992). After portraying Morgan Earp opposite Kurt Russell's Wyatt Earp in "Tombstone" (1993), Paxton graduated to a dependable featured player and leading man in blockbusters such as "Apollo 13" (1995), "Twister" (1996), and "Titanic" (1997), while maintaining a footing in smaller films like "Traveller" (1997), "A Simple Plan" (1998) and "Frailty" (2002), the latter of which also marked his debut as a feature director. Having spent his entire career in features, Paxton starred in his first TV drama a polygamist husband of three wives on HBO's acclaimed series "Big Love" (2006-2011), a role that earned him widespread acclaim while opening new doors for his career. By the time he co-starred opposite Kevin Costner in "Hatfields & McCoys" (History Channel, 2012), Paxton was a veteran performer capable of keeping audiences constantly surprised by the breadth of his versatility.