Timothy Bottoms

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Timothy Bottoms
BornTimothy James Bottoms
(1951-08-30) August 30, 1951 (age 67)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1970–2012
Spouse(s)Alicia Cory (1975–1978; divorced; 1 child)
Marcia Morehart (1984–present; 3 children)
Children4 [1]

Timothy James Bottoms (born August 30, 1951) is an American actor and film producer. He is best known for his role as Sonny Crawford in The Last Picture Show where he and his fellow co-stars, Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges, rose to fame; and for his role as James Hart, the first-year law student who battles with Prof. Kingsfield, in the film adaptation The Paper Chase .

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Early life

Bottoms was born in Santa Barbara, California, the eldest of four sons of Betty (née Chapman) and James "Bud" Bottoms, who is a sculptor and art teacher.

Santa Barbara, California City in California, United States

Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County in the U.S. state of California. Situated on a south-facing section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, the city lies between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara's climate is often described as Mediterranean, and the city has been promoted as the "American Riviera". As of 2014, the city had an estimated population of 91,196, up from 88,410 in 2010, making it the second most populous city in the county after Santa Maria. The contiguous urban area, which includes the cities of Goleta and Carpinteria, along with the unincorporated regions of Isla Vista, Montecito, Mission Canyon, Hope Ranch, Summerland, and others, has an approximate population of 220,000. The population of the entire county in 2010 was 423,895.

He is the eldest brother of actors Joseph Bottoms (born 1954), Sam Bottoms (1955–2008) and Ben Bottoms (born 1960). In 1967, Bottoms toured Europe as part of the Santa Barbara Madrigal Society.

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Sam Bottoms died from brain cancer in 2008. [2] At one point, Sam was the only sibling close to Timothy. [3]

Bottoms married twice. His first marriage to folksinger Alicia Cory in 1975 produced one son Bartholomew, before ending in divorce in 1978. His second marriage to Marcia Moreheart in 1984 produced three children: Bodie, Bridget, and Benton. [1]

Career

Bottoms made his film debut in 1971 as Joe Bonham in Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun . The same year, he appeared alongside his brother Sam in The Last Picture Show . (He portrayed the same character in the 1990 sequel Texasville ). In 1973's The Paper Chase, he starred as Harvard law student Hart facing the fearsome Professor Kingsfield (John Houseman). Among the other films he has appeared in are Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973), The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (1974), Operation Daybreak (1975), A Small Town in Texas (1976), Rollercoaster (1977) Hurricane (1979), Invaders from Mars (1986) and Elephant (2003).

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<i>Texasville</i> 1990 film by Peter Bogdanovich

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Bottoms has the unique distinction of portraying U.S. President George W. Bush in three widely varying productions. In 2000–2001, he played a parody of Bush in the Comedy Central sitcom That's My Bush! ; he subsequently appeared as Bush in a cameo appearance in the family film The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course . Finally, following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Bottoms once again played Bush, this time in a serious fashion, in the telefilm DC 9/11 , one of the first movies to be based upon the attacks.

During an episode of the Fox television show That '70s Show in which a tornado warning has been issued and the students of the high school are trapped, Bottoms is seen as the panicking principal. He appeared in a recurring role during the first season of the FX series Dirt as Gibson Horne, who owned the magazine that series main character Lucy Spiller worked for.

He also co-produced the documentary Picture This – The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (1991), a behind-the-scenes work about the making of the films The Last Picture Show and Texasville. In the documentary, he revealed that he had a crush on his co-star Cybill Shepherd during The Last Picture Show, but she did not reciprocate his romantic feelings, even though she said in a separate interview that she found him "very attractive". [4] He was also heavily featured in the Metallica video for "One", which featured footage of the film Johnny Got His Gun.

Filmography

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