Timothy Bottoms


Actor
Timothy Bottoms

About

Also Known As
Timothy James Bottoms
Birth Place
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Born
August 30, 1951

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 San...

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Family & Companions

Alicia Bottoms
Wife
Folksinger. Married in 1975; divorced in 1978.
Marcia Morehart
Wife
Artist. Had on-again, off-again relationship for several years before marrying in 1984.

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."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Bound By a Secret (2009)
An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2009)
The Land That Time Forgot (2009)
Lone Rider (2008)
Shanghai Kiss (2007)
The Governor's Wife (2007)
Holiday in Handcuffs (2007)
Deceit (2006)
Vampire Bats (2005)
The Girl Next Door (2004)
Elephant (2003)
DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (2003)
Lone Tiger (1999)
The Prince (1998)
The Three Musketeers Meet the Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
Uncle Sam (1998)
Mr. Atlas (1997)
Phillip Frodden
Mixed Blessings (1997)
Mortal Challenge (1997)
Death Game (1996)
Jack
Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right (1996)
Himself
Top Dog (1995)
Nelson Houseman
Hourglass (1995)
Ripper Man (1995)
Charles Walken
Horses and Champions (1994)
Ill Met By Moonlight (1994)
Digger (1992)
Sam
Istanbul: Keep Your Eyes Open (1990)
Frank Collins
Texasville (1990)
Return to the River Kwai (1989)
Husbands, Wives, Money and Murder (1989)
Pete
The Drifter (1988)
Arthur
A Case of Honor (1988)
Island Sons (1987)
Mio min Mio (1987)
The King
Invaders From Mars (1986)
Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun (1986)
The Fantasist (1986)
In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro (1984)
Jack Ringtree
The Census Taker (1984)
Pete
The Sea Serpent (1984)
Captain Pedro Barrios
Hambone and Hillie (1984)
Tin Man (1983)
Secrets of the Phantom Caverns (1983)
Major Stevens
The High Country (1981)
Jim
Escape (1980)
A Shining Season (1979)
Hurricane (1979)
The Gift of Love (1978)
Rudi Miller
Rollercoaster (1977)
Young Man
A Small Town In Texas (1976)
Poke
Operation Daybreak (1975)
Jan Kubis
The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (1974)
The White Dawn (1974)
Love and Pain and the Whole Damned Thing (1973)
Walter Elbertson
The Paper Chase (1973)

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right (1996)
Other

Cast (Special)

John Glenn, American Hero (1998)
Narrator
500 Nations (1995)
Voice
Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (1991)
Himself

Producer (Special)

Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (1991)
Producer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004)
Black Sea 213 (1999)
Love Leads the Way (1984)
Morris Frank
John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" (1981)
Moneychangers (1976)
The Story of David (1976)

Life Events

1967

Toured Europe as a member of Santa Barbara Madrigal Society

1971

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

1971

Film acting debut, "Johnny Got His Gun"

1976

TV debut in Arthur Hailey's "The Moneychangers"

1980

Starred in the ABC miniseries "East of Eden"

1981

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

1987

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

1989

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

1990

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

1991

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

1991

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

2000

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

2001

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

2004

Cast in the comedy "The Girl Next Door"

Photo Collections

The Paper Chase - Movie Poster
The Paper Chase - Movie Poster
The Last Picture Show - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from The Last Picture Show (1971). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Seance On A Wet Afternoon (1964) - Last Minute Doubts Cryptic conversation, deranged medium Myra (Kim Stanley) with husband Billy (Richard Attenborough, who also produced) involving their dead son and a barely revealed scheme to enhance their circumstances, early in director Bryan Forbes' Seance On A Wet Afternoon, 1964.
Last Picture Show, The (1971) - She Was Just A Girl High schooler Sonny (Timothy Bottoms), pal Billy (Sam Bottoms) in tow, with mentor Sam "The Lion" (Ben Johnson), reconciled after a disagreement, fishing outside town, in 1951 Texas, in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show, 1971.
Last Picture Show, The (1971) - Is It Something Bad? Texas high school senior Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) brings his football coach's lonely wife Ruth (Cloris Leachman), whom he's just met, home after a visit to the doctor for an unspecified ailment, in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show, 1971.
Last Picture Show, The (1971) - Too Rough For Me Opening scenes, Sonny (Timothy Bottons) in sleepy Anarene, TX, 1951, picks up pal Billy (brother, Sam Bottoms) and visits Sam (Ben Johnson) at the pool hall, who comments on last night's football game, in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show, 1971.
Last Picture Show, The (1971) - Trashy Behavior Texas teen Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and pals are ashamed, bringing mute Billy (Sam Bottoms) back to town after buying a prostitute for him, called out by pool hall and theater owner Sam (Academy Award winner Ben Johnson), in The Last Picture Show, 1971, Peter Bogdanovich directing, from Larry McMurtry's novel.
Seance On A Wet Afternoon (1964) - It's A Young Face Opening sequence, director Bryan Forbes presents medium Myra (Kim Stanley) at work, her husband Billy (Richard Attenborough, also the producer) not seen, camera by Gerry Turpin, on location in London's Wimbledon district, in Seance On A Wet Afternoon, 1964.
Last Picture Show, The (1971) - Beauty Is Truth In English class with teacher (John Hillerman) and Keats, Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) then in practice with coach Popper (Bill Thurman) and after with pals Duane (Jeff Bridges) and Jacy (Cybill Shepherd), in 1951 rural Texas, early in The Last Picture Show, 1971, from Larry McMurtry's novel.
Paper Chase, The (1973) - You Haven't Paid Homage Duded-up at the Thanksgiving party thrown by his Harvard Law professor Kingsfield (John Houseman), Hart (Timothy Bottoms) visits with Ford (Graham Beckel) and others, then is stunned to learn his mysterious girlfriend Susan (Lindsay Wagner) is the host’s daughter, in The Paper Chase, 1973.
Paper Chase, The (1973) - A Burned And Hairy Hand After the credit for writer-director James Bridges, John Houseman in his Academy Award-winning role as Professor Kingsfield (which he would also play in the subsequent TV series), Timothy Bottoms as unlucky student Hart, in The Paper Chase, 1973, from the novel by Harvard Law grad John Jay Osborn, Jr.
Paper Chase, The (1973) - Minds Are Being Formed First-year student Hart (Timothy Bottoms) now more acclimated at Harvard Law School, with blue-blood Ford (Graham Beckel) in the dorm, then meeting Susan (Lindsay Wagner) at a pizzeria on Massachusetts Ave., in The Paper Chase, 1973, written and directed by James Bridges.
Love And Pain And The Whole Damn Thing - Take Your Bird And Go! Vignette by director Alan J. Pakula, spaced-out American Walter (Timothy Bottoms) loosely observes fellow tourist Lily Fisher (Maggie Smith), dealing with another approach by Spanish lothario "Duke" Jaime (Emiliano Redondo), in Love And Pain And The Whole Damn Thing, 1973.
Love And Pain And The Whole Damn Thing - Can't Ride Anymore Disillusioned American Walter (Timothy Bottoms), sent by his parents to tour Spain, breaks free from guide Carl (Lloyd Brimhall), then sort-of meets "Miss Fisher," (Maggie Smith), early in Alan J. Pakula's Love And Pain And The Whole Damn Thing, 1973.

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Family

James Bottoms
Father
Art teacher, sculptor.
Betty Bottoms
Mother
Joseph Bottoms
Brother
Actor. Born on April 22, 1954; worked with Timothy in "Island Sons".
Sam Bottoms
Brother
Actor. Born on October 17, 1955; appeared with Timothy in "The Last Picture Show", "East of Eden" and "Island Sons".
Benjamin Bottoms
Brother
Actor. Born on December 3, 1960; worked with brothers in "Island Sons".
Bartholmew Bottoms
Son
Born in January 1977.
William Bodielytle Bottoms
Son
Born in August 1984.
Bridget Benita Bottoms
Daughter
Born in January 1987.
Benton James Bottoms
Son
Born in November 1989.

Companions

Alicia Bottoms
Wife
Folksinger. Married in 1975; divorced in 1978.
Marcia Morehart
Wife
Artist. Had on-again, off-again relationship for several years before marrying in 1984.

Bibliography