Known for movies

Short Info

DiedDecember 16, 2008, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseLaura Bickford
FactDuring the making of The Last Picture Show (1971), he often tagged along to watch filming with his elder brother Timothy Bottoms and one day the director Peter Bogdanovich decided to test screen Sam and eventually cast him as Billy.

Sam Bottoms was born in Santa Barbara, California, on October 17, 1955. The youngest of three boys, Bottoms was raised in a strict Catholic household. His father, Sam Sr., was an abusive alcoholic who often took his frustrations out on his family. Bottoms’ mother, Betty, was a homemaker who did her best to shield her sons from their father’s wrath.

Bottoms’ older brothers, Tim and Joe, were both successful actors. Tim Bottoms starred in such films as The Last Picture Show (1971) and Apocalypse Now (1979). Joe Bottoms appeared in films like The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and The Black Stallion (1979).

Seeing his brothers find success in Hollywood, Bottoms decided to give acting a try himself. He made his film debut in the 1971 drama The Last Picture Show. Bottoms’ performance caught the attention of director Francis Ford Coppola, who cast him in the Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now (1979).

Bottoms’ career stalled in the 1980s, but he made a comeback in the 1990s with roles in such films as The Doors (1991) and The Thin Red Line (1998). He has also appeared in television shows like CSI: Miami and Justified.

Bottoms has been married three times. His first marriage, to actress Lisa Blount, ended in divorce. He was married to actress Jennifer Grey from 1987 to 1989. Bottoms has been married to actress Lori Singer since 1992.

Bottoms has three children: daughters Hannah and Ruby, and son Samuel.

A lifelong surfer, Bottoms still enjoys riding the waves when he can. He also enjoys fishing and hunting.

Bottoms’ net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

General Info

Full NameSam Bottoms
DiedDecember 16, 2008, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.8 m
ProfessionActor, Film producer


SpouseLaura Bickford
ChildrenIo Bottoms, Clara Bottoms
ParentsBetty Bottoms, James A. Bottoms
SiblingsTimothy Bottoms, Joseph Bottoms, Ben Bottoms


MoviesApocalypse Now, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Last Picture Show, Sherrybaby, Apocalypse Now Redux, Bronco Billy, Shopgirl, Dolly Dearest, Seabiscuit, The Unsaid, Gardens of Stone, Up from the Depths, Shadow Fury, Havoc, Zandy's Bride, Winter Passing, Sugar Hill, Looking Through Lillian, Class of '44, ...
TV ShowsEast of Eden

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1He appeared in three films that were nominated for Academy Award for Best Picture: The Last Picture Show (1971), Apocalypse Now (1979) and Seabiscuit (2003).
2His daughter Io Bottoms is also an actor.
3Father is sculptor James "Bud" Bottoms.
4Had two daughters from his first wife Susan Arnold, Io and Clara.
5Began acting at the Santa Barbara (California) Youth Theatre at age 10.
6During the making of The Last Picture Show (1971), he often tagged along to watch filming with his elder brother Timothy Bottoms and one day the director Peter Bogdanovich decided to test screen Sam and eventually cast him as Billy.
7Brother of Ben Bottoms, Joseph Bottoms and Timothy Bottoms.




Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee2007Martey Kurtainbaum
Sherrybaby2006Bob Swanson Sr.
Winter Passing2005Brian
Shopgirl2005Dan Buttersfield
Havoc2005Lt. Maris
NYPD Blue2004TV SeriesDavid Lewis
Seabiscuit2003Mr. Blodget
True Files2002Alex Lomax
Looking Through Lillian2002Gene
Shadow Fury2001Mitchell Madsen
The Unsaid2001Joseph Caffey
Mercenary II: Thick & Thin1999TV MovieCamera Man
Joseph's Gift1998Robert Keller
My Neighbor's Daughter1998TV MovieDennis Cromwell
Sticky Fingers1997VideoRoshi Ishtar
Snide and Prejudice1997Therapist Schaub
The X-Files1995TV SeriesMichael Kryder
Project Shadowchaser III1995VideoKody
Zooman1995TV MoviePoliceman
Sunny Side Up1994Sam Bottoms
The Trust1993James Baker
Sugar Hill1993Oliver Thompson
North of Chiang Mai1992Michael
Ragin' Cajun1991Legs
Dolly Dearest1991Elliot Wade
Murder, She Wrote1989-1991TV SeriesJoe Hellinger / Sgt. Joe Rice
21 Jump Street1990TV SeriesRobert Johnson
The Witching of Ben Wagner1990TV MovieMr. George 'Dad' Wagner
After School1988Father Michael McCarren
Island Sons1987TV MovieSam Faraday
Gardens of Stone1987Lt. Webber
Hunter's Blood1986David Rand (as Samuel Bottoms)
Prime Risk1985Bill Yeoman (as Samuel Bottoms)
Answers1985TV MoviePatrolman Rick Selby (Segment "A Good Time")
No Earthly Reason1984TV MovieColey
In 'n Out1984Murray Lewis Jr. (as Samuel Bottoms)
Return to Eden1983TV Mini-Series
Desperate Lives1982TV MovieKen Baynes
East of Eden1981TV Mini-SeriesCal Trask
Bronco Billy1980Leonard James
Up from the Depths1979Greg Oliver
Apocalypse Now1979Lance B. Johnson
The Eddie Capra Mysteries1978TV Series
Greatest Heroes of the Bible1978TV SeriesJoseph
The Outlaw Josey Wales1976Jamie
Marcus Welby, M.D.1976TV SeriesEd
Cage Without a Key1975TV MovieBuddy Goleta
Lucas Tanner1974TV SeriesRon Gibbons
Savages1974TV MovieBen Campbell
Zandy's Bride1974Mel Allan
Doc Elliot1974TV SeriesGary Basquin
Class of '441973Marty
The Last Picture Show1971Billy


Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas1991Documentary producer


The Outlaw Josey Wales1976performer: "Rose of Alabamy" - uncredited


The Big Brass Ring1999special thanks
Hell Hath No Fury1999Video documentary short special thanks


50 Films to See Before You Die2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hell Hath No Fury1999Video documentary shortHimself - 'Jamie'
Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas1991DocumentaryHimself
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse1991DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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