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Paxton has special connection to 'Texas Rising' role

Bill Paxton not only plays Sam Houston on television, he's related to him. Paxton takes on the role of the legendary Texan in the History Channel's epic miniseries "Texas Rising." It's the story of Gen. Houston's defeat of Mexican Gen. Santa Anna following the massacre at the Alamo. His acting career has included parts in "Titanic," "Twister" and "Apollo 13" and he starred with Kevin Costner in "Hatfields & McCoys," another award-winning History miniseries. The 59-year-old grew up in Fort Worth.

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