Timothy Bottoms

Actor, Surveyor's assistant
This sensitive actor made a big splash in 1971 in Dalton Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun" and Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show", but his initial career fanfare sputtered and he subsequently starred in TV ... Read more »
Born: 08/29/1951 in Santa Barbara, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (86)

A Case of Honor 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Parasomnia 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Corso (Actor)

The Entrepreneurs 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Land That Time Forgot 2014 (Movie)

Captain Burroughs (Actor)

The Bridge 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Private Practice 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Governor's Wife 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirt 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shanghai Kiss 2006 (Movie)

Adelaide's Father (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Mind of Mencia 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Girl Next Door 2004 (Movie)

Mr Kidman (Actor)

Elephant 2003 (Movie)

Mister McFarland (Actor)

That '70s Show 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gideon's Crossing 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Held for Ransom 2001 (Movie)

Fred Donavan (Actor)

Maximum Justice 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

That's My Bush! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hiding Place 1999 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Lone Tiger 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Hero 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Death Game 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mixed Blessings 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Uncle Sam 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mortal Challenge 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Prince 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

500 Nations 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hourglass 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Top Dog 1995 (Movie)

Nelson Houseman (Actor)

Horses and Champions 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Land of the Lost 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Ripper Man 1994 (Movie)

Charles Walken (Actor)

Ill Met By Moonlight 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Ray Bradbury Theater 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Digger 1992 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Texasville 1990 (Movie)

Sonny Crawford (Actor)

Istanbul: Keep Your Eyes Open 1989 (Movie)

Frank Collins (Actor)

Return to the River Kwai 1989 (Movie)

Seaman Miller (Actor)

Mio min Mio 1988 (Movie)

The King (Actor)

The Drifter 1987 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

Invaders From Mars 1986 (Movie)

George Gardner (Actor)

The Fantasist 1985 (Movie)

Danny Sullivan (Actor)

Hambone and Hillie 1983 (Movie)

Michael Radcliffe (Actor)

In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro 1983 (Movie)

Jack Ringtree (Actor)

The Census Taker 1983 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

The Sea Serpent 1983 (Movie)

Captain Pedro Barrios (Actor)

Secrets of the Phantom Caverns 1982 (Movie)

Major Stevens (Actor)

Tin Man 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

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

Actor

Escape 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The High Country 1980 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

Hurricane 1979 (Movie)

Jack Sanford (Actor)

The Gift of Love 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Arthur Hailey's "The Moneychangers" 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Rollercoaster 1977 (Movie)

Young Man (Actor)

The Other Side of the Mountain - Part 2 1976 (Movie)

John Boothe (Actor)

A Small Town in Texas 1975 (Movie)

Poke (Actor)

Operation Daybreak 1974 (Movie)

Jan Kubis (Actor)

The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder 1973 (Movie)

Julius Vrooder (Actor)

The Paper Chase 1973 (Movie)

Hart (Actor)

The White Dawn 1973 (Movie)

Daggett (Actor)

Love, Pain and the Whole Damned Thing 1972 (Movie)

Walter Elbertson (Actor)

Johnny Got His Gun 1971 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

The Last Picture Show 1971 (Movie)

Sonny Crawford (Actor)

A Shining Season (TV Show)

Actor

Black Sea 213 (TV Show)

Actor

Bound By a Secret (TV Show)

Actor

DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (TV Show)

Actor

Deceit (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday in Handcuffs (TV Show)

Actor

Ike: Countdown to D-Day (TV Show)

Actor

Island Sons (TV Show)

Actor

John Glenn, American Hero (TV Show)

Narrator

Lone Rider (TV Show)

Actor

Love Leads the Way (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Atlas (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of David (TV Show)

Actor

Vampire Bats (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This sensitive actor made a big splash in 1971 in Dalton Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun" and Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show", but his initial career fanfare sputtered and he subsequently starred in TV productions and feature films of dubious artistry. Timothy Bottoms first performed on stage in his home town of Santa Barbara, CA, and toured Europe in 1967 as a member of the Santa Barbara Madrigal Society. He especially scored as Sonny, the football star who beds the coach's neglected wife (Cloris Leachman) in "The Last Picture Show". In 1973, Bottoms offered a good turn as a law student who locks horns with his authoritarian professor (John Houseman) in "The Paper Chase". He went on to appear as Mia Farrow's emotionally and sexually constricted husband in the remake of "Hurricane" (1979). More recently, after some hesitation, he reprised his role as the middle-aged, somewhat emotionally distraught Sonny in Bogdanovich's lackluster sequel "Texasville" (1990).

His TV work began in earnest in 1976 when Bottoms played King David, the Israelite warrior-psalmist in the miniseries "David" (ABC). That same year, he was a white-collar Wall Street type who goes to prison and becomes the "companion" of a lifer in order to survive in "The Moneychangers", an ABC miniseries. Bottoms portrayed a dying track star who spends his last days coaching a girls' track team in "A Shining Season" (CBS, 1979), and had the role of Adam Trask in the 1980 ABC miniseries of "East of Eden". In 1987, he made "Island Sons", an ABC movie-pilot that co-starred his actor brothers Joseph Bottoms, Sam Bottoms, and Benjamin Bottoms. He turned filmmaker in the 90s, making the documentary "Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas," which aired on Showtime in 1991. By then, Bottoms was starring on the ABC Saturday morning series "Land of the Lost" (1991-93), playing a single father stuck in a prehistoric world. He has since played a private investigator in futuristic L.A. in the 1996 Showtime "Roger Corman Presents" movie "Death Game".

Relationships

Betty Bottoms

Mother

Alicia Bottoms

Wife
married in 1975 divorced in 1978

James Bottoms

Father

Sam Bottoms Actor

Sibling
co-starred with brother in "The Last Picture Show," "East of Eden" and "Island Sons" Born on October 17, 1955

Bridget Bottoms

Daughter
born in January 1987

Bartholmew Bottoms

Son
born in January 1977

Benton Bottoms

Son
born in November 1989

William Bottoms

Son
born in August 1984

Benjamin Bottoms

Brother
born on December 3, 1960 worked with brothers in "Island Sons"

Joseph Bottoms

Brother
born on April 22, 1954 worked with Timothy in "Island Sons"

Marcia Morehart

Wife
had on-again, off-again relationship for several years before marrying in 1984

Milestones

2004

Cast in the comedy "The Girl Next Door"

2001

Portrayed George W. Bush in the Comedy Central sitcom "That's My Bush!", created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone

2000

Co-starred with Kim Hunter in the independent feature "The Hiding Place"

1991

Starred in the Saturday morning show "Land of the Lost" (ABC)

1991

Produced first documentary feature, "Picture This: The Life and Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas", about the making of "Texasville"

1990

Reprised role as Sonny in "Texasville", the sequel to "The Last Picture Show" also directed by Bogdanovih

1989

Starred as Seaman Miller in "Return to the River Kwai"

1987

Co-starred with brothers Joseph, Sam and Benjamin in the busted ABC pilot "Island Sons"; aired as TV-movie

1981

Appeared on stage with brother Joseph in Lanford Wilson's "Fifth of July"

1980

Starred in the ABC miniseries "East of Eden"

1976

TV debut in Arthur Hailey's "The Moneychangers"

1970

Came to prominence as Sonny in Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show"

1970

Film acting debut, "Johnny Got His Gun"

1967

Toured Europe as a member of Santa Barbara Madrigal Society

Acted in several low-budget films like "Top Dog" (1995), "Mortal Challenge" (1997) and "Lone Tiger" (1999)

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list 1951 as Mr. Bottoms' birth year

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