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      Sam Bottoms

      Sam Bottoms

      Highest Rated: 100% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

      Lowest Rated: 40% Winter Passing (2005)

      Birthday: Oct 17, 1955

      Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, USA

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
      Apocalypse Now
      Apocalypse Now Redux
      The Outlaw Josey Wales
      Bronco Billy
      Looking Through Lillian


      APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX, Sam Bottoms, Robert Duvall, 2001. (c)United Artists SHERRYBABY, Sam Bottoms, Maggie Gyllenhaal, 2006.©IFC Films LOOKING THROUGH LILLIAN, Sam Bottoms, Jade Henham, 2002 SHOPGIRL, Sam Bottoms, Frances Conroy, Claire Danes, 2005, (c) Buena Vista APOCALYPSE NOW, Sam Bottoms, 1979. © United Artists APOCALYPSE NOW, Sam Bottoms, 1979. (c)United Artists.. THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, Jeff Bridges, Sam Bottoms, Timothy Bottoms, 1971



      76% 57% Sherrybaby Dad Swanson (Character) $198.4K 2006
      40% 61% Winter Passing Brian (Character) $106.6K 2005
      45% 36% Havoc Lt. Maris (Character) - 2005
      61% 58% Shopgirl Dan Butterfield (Character) $10.3M 2005
      60% No Score Yet Looking Through Lillian Unknown (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 72% The Unsaid Joseph Caffey (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 25% Shadow Fury Mitchell Madsen (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joseph's Gift Robert Keller (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 60% My Neighbor's Daughter Dennis Cromwell (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 30% Snide & Prejudice Therapist Schaub (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Project Shadowchaser III Kody (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trust James Baker (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 34% Dolly Dearest Elliot Wade (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet North of Chiang Mai Unknown (Character) - 1992
      100% 94% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Unknown (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 69% Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas Producer - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ragin' Cajun Legs (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 50% The Witching of Ben Wagner Mr. George `'Dad'` Wagner (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 0% After School Father Michael McCarren (Character) - 1988
      44% 55% Gardens of Stone Lt. Webber (Character) $4.4M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Island Sons Sam Faraday (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 54% Hunter's Blood David Rand (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In 'n' Out Murray Lewis Jr. (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 25% Prime Risk Bill Yeoman (Character) - 1985
      75% 48% Bronco Billy Leonard James (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 9% Up From the Depths Greg Oliver (Character) - 1979
      97% 94% Apocalypse Now Lance (Character) $78.8M 1979
      93% 91% Apocalypse Now Redux Lance Johnson (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stories of the Bible Joseph (Character) - 1978
      91% 91% The Outlaw Josey Wales Jamie (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cage Without a Key Buddy Goleta (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 58% Zandy's Bride Mel Allan (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Savages Ben Campbell (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 11% Class of '44 Marty (Character) - 1973


      83% 93% NYPD Blue David Lewis (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Sgt. Joe Rice (Guest Star) 1989 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 21 Jump Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East of Eden Unknown (Character) 1981