Hatfields & McCoys Star Bill Paxton: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me

Entertainment May. 29, 2012 AT 4:15PM
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Bill Paxton, 57 (he stars as Randall McCoy in Hatfields and McCoys, airing on History) shares the 25 things you don't know about him with Us Weekly.

1. I have been down to the wreck of the Titanic four times.

2. I don't like asparagus.

3. While growing up in Texas, I drove a Yamaha 750 motorcycle.

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4. Buster Keaton is my all-time favorite actor and director.

5. I enjoy drawing postcards for my friends and family.

6. I was an altar boy and attended Catholic school until eighth grade.

7. My father, John, became an actor at 70. He played a butler in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films.

8. The first term paper I ever wrote, in sixth grade, was on bullfighting.

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9. I was denied admission to film school because of bad SAT scores.

10. I don't play golf, but love hunting golf balls.

11. My father was a great art collector.

12. I have directed two movies: Frailty and The Greatest Game Ever Played.

13. I love reading true-crime stories.

14. My great-great-grandfather Elisha F. Paxton was a brigadier general for the Confederacy. He led the Stonewall Brigade.

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15. I've never bought a lottery ticket.

16. I like watching Forensic Files with my daughter, Lydia [14, with wife Louise Newbury].

17. My favorite number is 17.

18. I'm addicted to Turner Classic Movies.

19. I love Italian food.

20. I didn't have a credit card until age 31.

21. I have made three parachute jumps.

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22. Woody Allen's Play It Again, Sam, and Hal Ashby's Harold and Maude made me want to go to Hollywood.

23. I have no middle name.

24. I acted with my son, James [now 18] in Spy Kids 3-D.

25. I was a parking attendant at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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