Sam Bottoms

Actor
Sam Bottoms grew up in a family of actors. All three of his brothers have tried their hand at the craft, with brother Timothy ("Johnny Got His Gun", "The Last Picture Show") the most well known. Sam's career, however ... Read more »
Born: 10/17/1955 in Santa Barbara, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

Joseph's Gift 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Finishing the Game 2007 (Movie)

Martey Kurtainbaum (Actor)

Sherrybaby 2006 (Movie)

Bob Swanson, Sr. (Actor)

Winter Passing 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shopgirl 2005 (Movie)

Dan Buttersfield (Actor)

Havoc 2004 (Movie)

Lt. Maris (Actor)

Seabiscuit 2003 (Movie)

Mr. Blodget (Actor)

Looking Through Lillian 2002 (Movie)

Gene (Actor)

Shadow Fury 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Snide and Prejudice 2001 (Movie)

Schaub (Actor)

The Unsaid 2000 (Movie)

Joseph Caffey (Actor)

Mercenary 2: Thick and Thin 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The X-Files 1988 - 1991, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sugar Hill 1994 (Movie)

Oliver Thompson (Actor)

Dolly Dearest 1992 (Movie)

Eliot Reed (Actor)

The Trust 1992 (Movie)

James Baker (Actor)

Kill Crazy 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ragin' Cajun 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Private Tutor 1988 (Movie)

Father Michael McCarren (Actor)

Gardens of Stone 1987 (Movie)

Lieutenant Webber (Actor)

Hunter's Blood 1987 (Movie)

David Rand (Actor)

Prime Risk 1985 (Movie)

Bill Yoeman (Actor)

In 'n' Out 1984 (Movie)

Murray Lewis Jr (Actor)

Greatest Heroes of the Bible 1978 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Bronco Billy 1980 (Movie)

Leonard James (Actor)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

Lance (Actor)

Up From the Depths 1979 (Movie)

Greg Oliver (Actor)

The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 (Movie)

Jamie (Actor)

Savages 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Zandy's Bride 1974 (Movie)

Mal Allan (Actor)

Class of '44 1973 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

The Last Picture Show 1971 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Cage Without a Key (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Lives (TV Show)

Actor

Island Sons (TV Show)

Actor

My Neighbor's Daughter (TV Show)

Actor

Project Shadowchaser III (TV Show)

Actor

The Witching of Ben Wagner (TV Show)

Actor

Zooman (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Sam Bottoms grew up in a family of actors. All three of his brothers have tried their hand at the craft, with brother Timothy ("Johnny Got His Gun", "The Last Picture Show") the most well known. Sam's career, however, was distinguished by Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War epic "Apocalypse Now", in which he played the California surfer turned riverboat gunner, Lance B. Johnson. The role of a So-Cal surfer was not far from Bottoms' real-life background; he had grown up as a surfer in Santa Barbara. Bottoms portrayed Johnson as a wide-eyed, eager-to-please greenhorn whose innocence seems to serve as his protection in the hostile jungle. Bottoms got his first acting job when he followed his brother down to the set of "The Last Picture Show". He was spotted hanging around, and wound up in the picture as Billy, the speech-impaired street sweeper. Bottoms also appeared in a couple of Clint Eastwood Westerns, "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and "Bronco Billy". He never really got to work on another film at the level of "Apocalypse Now", but he did have a solid career that, in later years, centered on television. He played Cal Trask in the TV miniseries version of "East of Eden" and guest-starred on episodes of "21 Jump Street", "Murder, She Wrote", and "NYPD Blue", among others. He died of a brain tumor at the age of 53.

Relationships

Susan Arnold Producer

Wife
Married in 1980 divorced

Laura Bickford Producer

Wife
Married from 2002 until his death in 2008

James Bottoms

Father

Joseph Bottoms Actor

Brother
Born in 1954

Benjamin Bottoms Actor

Brother
Younger

Betty Bottoms

Mother

Timothy Bottoms Actor

Brother
Born in 1951 co-starred with brother in "The Last Picture Show," "East of Eden" and "Island Sons"

Milestones

2006

Played Maggie Gyllenhaal's father in the independent drama, "Sherrybaby"

2005

Cast in Anand Tucker's "Shopgirl"; film based on the novella by Steve Martin

2003

Appeared in the Gary Ross directed drama "Seabiscuit"

1997

Again collaborated with brother Joseph Bottoms in Philippe Mora's "Snide and Prejudice"

1987

Co-starred with brothers, Tim and Joseph Bottoms, in the short-lived TV pilot "Island Sons"

1987

Re-teamed with director Francis Ford Coppola, to play the more sober-sided Lt. Webber in "Gardens of Stone"

1981

Starred in the TV-miniseries remake of "East of Eden" as Cal Trask, while his brother Timothy played his father, Adam Trask

1980

Again worked with Clint Eastwood on the Western comedy "Bronco Billy"

1979

Played hotshot PFC Lance in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now"; co-starred Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen

1976

First collaboration with Clint Eastwood in "The Outlaw Josey Wales"

1973

Garnered notice playing Marty in "The Class of 44"

1970

First film appearance as the retarded Billy in Peter Bogdanovich's classic, "The Last Picture Show"; appeared in several scenes with older brother Timothy

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