Is Sara Paxton Related to Bill Paxton? The Truth Behind the Rumor

Sara Paxton is a well-known actress, singer and model who has starred in several films and TV shows, such as “Aquamarine”, “The Last House on the Left” and “Darcy’s Wild Life”. But is she related to the late Bill Paxton, the acclaimed actor and filmmaker who appeared in such classics as “Aliens”, “Titanic” and “Apollo 13”? Here’s what we found out.

The Family Connection

According to Biography Tribune, Sara Paxton is distantly related to Bill Paxton as his seventh cousin. This means that they share a common ancestor who lived about six generations ago. However, it is not clear how close they were or if they ever met in person. Sara Paxton is also a distant relative of Richard William Warke, a Canadian businessman and mining executive.

Bill Paxton was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 17, 1955, to Mary Lou and John Lane Paxton. His father was a businessman, lumber wholesaler, museum executive and occasional actor. His mother was a Roman Catholic who raised him and his siblings in her faith. Bill Paxton had Austrian, Dutch, English, French, German, Norwegian, Scotch-Irish, Scottish, Swiss and Welsh ancestry. His great-great-grandfather was Elisha Franklin Paxton, a brigadier general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Sara Paxton was born in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, on April 25, 1988, to Lucia Menchaca Zuckerman and Steve Paxton. Her mother is a dentist of Mexican descent who was born in Monterrey. Her father is a businessman of British descent who converted to Judaism after marrying her mother. Sara Paxton was raised in her mother’s Jewish faith and had a bat mitzvah ceremony.

The Acting Careers

Bill Paxton became interested in acting at an early age and moved to Los Angeles at 18 to pursue his dream. He started out as a set dresser for Roger Corman’s low-budget films and made his film debut in “Crazy Mama” (1975). He then appeared in several minor roles in films such as “Stripes” (1981), “The Terminator” (1984) and “Weird Science” (1985). He gained recognition for his roles as Private Hudson in “Aliens” (1986), Severen in “Near Dark” (1987) and Morgan Earp in “Tombstone” (1993). He also starred as Harry Tasker in “True Lies” (1994), Fred Haise in “Apollo 13” (1995), Bill Harding in “Twister” (1996) and Brock Lovett in “Titanic” (1997). He received critical acclaim for his performances as Hank Mitchell in “A Simple Plan” (1998), Frank James in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (2007) and Randall McCoy in the miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys” (2012). He also directed two films: “Frailty” (2001) and “The Greatest Game Ever Played” (2005). He was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy Award for his work. He died on February 25, 2017, at the age of 61, due to complications from heart surgery.

Sara Paxton began her acting career at the age of eight, appearing in various television commercials. She then landed roles in several TV shows such as “Lizzie McGuire” (2001), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2002) and “Malcolm in the Middle” (2003). She rose to fame for her role as Darcy Fields in the Discovery Kids/the Family channel series “Darcy’s Wild Life” (2004-2006), for which she won a Young Artist Award. She also played the title role of Aquamarine in the teen fantasy comedy film “Aquamarine” (2006), alongside Emma Roberts and JoJo. She then starred as Mari Collingwood in the horror thriller film “The Last House on the Left” (2009), Claire in the horror film “The Innkeepers” (2011) and Marnie Piper/Cromwell in the Disney Channel film series “Return to Halloweentown” (2006-2010). She also appeared in films such as “Sydney White” (2007), “Superhero Movie” (2008) and “Shark Night 3D” (2011). She is also a singer, releasing her debut album “The Ups And Downs” in 2007. She has been nominated for two Teen Choice Awards for her work.

The Conclusion

So, is Sara Paxton related to Bill Paxton? The answer is yes, but only distantly. They are seventh cousins who share a common ancestor from several generations ago. They both have British ancestry, but also different ethnic backgrounds. They both pursued acting careers, but in different genres and eras. They both achieved success and recognition for their talents, but sadly never got to work together or acknowledge their family ties. They are both part of the Paxton legacy, but also unique individuals with their own stories.

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