Joseph Bottoms

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Joseph Bottoms
Born (1954-04-22) April 22, 1954 (age 60)
Santa Barbara,California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1973–2001
Known for
Spouse(s) Delilah Andison (1980–?)[1]
Dianna Louise Diels (1994–2007)
Parents James "Bud" Bottoms and Betty (née Chapman) Bottoms[2]

Joseph Bottoms (born April 22, 1954) is an American actor who won the 1975 Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actor for his role in The Dove. He is also perhaps best known for his roles in the television mini-series Holocaust and Disney's The Black Hole.


Career[edit]

Bottoms made his screen debut in the ABC television movie Trouble Comes to Town. A year later he played the role of Robin Lee Graham, in The Dove, a real-life story about a teenager sailor's voyage around the world. Bottoms won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor, joining a host of other actors that have won the award such as Richard Burton, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight and later Ben Kingsley.

In the 1978 mini-series Holocaust, he starred as Rudi Weiss, a German Jew who joins the Jewish partisans.[3] The series was well-received, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries.[4]

The German Jews were the most assimilated in Europe. They were vital to Germany's culture—which, indeed, has never recovered from their extinction. They couldn't see they were hated in direct proportion to their learning, vitality and success. The aridity of the Nazi mind was the biggest poser the authors had to face. In creating Erik Dorff they went some way towards overcoming it. Played with spellbinding creepiness by Michael Moriarty, Erik spoke his murderous euphemisms in a voice as juiceless as Hitler's prose or Speer's architecture. Hitler's dream of the racially pure future was of an abstract landscape tended by chain-gangs of shadows and crisscrossed with highways bearing truckloads of Aryans endlessly speeding to somewhere undefined. Dorff sounded just like that: his dead mackerel eyes were dully alight with a limitless vision of banality.[5]

A year later he starred in The Black Hole, a science fiction film that grossed over $35 million at the US box office.[6] In 1981, he made his Broadway debut in Fifth of July. The play made its Broadway debut at the New Apollo Theatre on November 5, 1980, directed by Mason with Daniels reprising the role of Jed, Christopher Reeve as Ken and Swoosie Kurtz as Gwen. Replacement actors for the role of Ken included Richard Thomas, Michael O'Keefe, Timothy Bottoms, and his brother Joseph Bottoms. Laraine Newman replaced Kurtz as Gwen. Kathy Bates was also a replacement in the role of June.

In 1984 he starred alongside Kirstie Alley in Blind Date. Between 1985–1986, he was a series regular on the soap opera, Santa Barbara. In 1990 he began a guest arc on the Canadian television series, Street Legal. In 1991 he played the second Cal Winters in the soap opera, Days of Our Lives.[7] In 1998 he was cast as a series regular in The Net.

His latest screen appearance was in 1999 in the TV series, V.I.P..

Personal life[edit]

Bottoms was born in Santa Barbara, California, and is the second son of sculptor James "Bud" Bottoms and Betty (née Chapman).[2] He is the brother of actors Timothy Bottoms, Sam Bottoms, and Ben Bottoms.[8] Bottoms has been married twice and twice divorced.[1] Since 1999, Bottoms has been running the Bottoms Art Galleries in Santa Barbara that also includes his father's sculptures.[9][10]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Dove Robin Lee Graham Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
1976 Ace Up My Sleeve Larry
1977 High Rolling Texas
1979 The Black Hole Lieutenant Charlie Pizer
1980 Cloud Dancer Tom Loomis
1981 King of the Mountain Buddy
1981 Surfacing Joe
1983 The Sins of Dorian Gray Stuart Vane
1984 Blind Date Jonathan Ratcliff
1988 Open House Dr. David Kelley
1988 Born to Race Al Pagura
1991 Inner Sanctum Baxter Reed
1992 Liar's Edge Dave Kirkpatrick
1992 Treacherous Crossing Kenneth Gates
1997 Snide and Prejudice Therapist Himmler
1998 Joseph's Gift Simon Keller
2001 Snide and Prejudice Himmler [11]
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1973 Trouble Comes to Town Billy Keith TV movie
1973 Winesburg, Ohio George Willard TV movie
1974 Unwed Father Peter TV movie
1976 Stalk the Wild Child Cal, as a young man TV movie
1978 Family Seth Oliver 1 episode; "A Friend of the Family's"
1978 Holocaust Rudi Weiss TV mini-series
1978 Return Engagement Steward Anderman TV movie
1979 Disneyland Major Effects 1 episode; "Major Effects"
1981 The Intruder Within Scott TV movie
1982 Side by Side: The True Story of the Osmond Family George Osmond TV movie
1983 I married Wyatt Earp The Driver TV movie
1983 Wishman Dr. Alex MacGregor TV movie
1984 Celebrity Mack Crawford TV mini-series
1984 Time Bomb Daniel 'Dan' Picard TV movie
1985 Murder, She Wrote Mickey Shannon 1 episode; "Murder at the Oasis"
1985 Braker Eddie Kelso TV pilot
1985–1986 Santa Barbara Kirk Cranston Series regular
1987 Shades of Love: Make Mine Chartreuse Steve TV movie
1987 Island Sons Joe Faraday TV movie
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse Dr. Martin Wilde 1 episode; "Doctors Wilde"
1988 Cop Killer Lewis TV movie
1988 The Highwayman Bonham 1 episode; "Till Death Duel us Apart"
1990 CBS Schoolbreak Special Jack Kingston 1 episode; "Maggie's Secret"
1990 Flair Matt Lee TV mini-series
1990–1991 Street Legal Peter Garland 5 episodes
1991 Road to Avonlea Edwin Clark 1 episode; "May the Best Man Win"
1991 Days of Our Lives Carl Winters 2
1992 Gunsmoke: To the Last Man Tommy Graham TV movie
1992 The Young Riders 1 episode; "The Road Not Taken"
1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Tom Wilson 2 episodes; "Last of a Breed: Part 1", "Last of a Breed: Part 2"
1998–1999 The Net Shawn Trelawney Series regular
1999 Profiler Bobby O'Hara 1 episode; "Seduction"
1999 V.I.P. 1 episode; "Stop or Val's mom will shoot"
Theatre
Year Title Role Notes
1981 Fifth of July Ken

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b People Magazine -- February 4, 1980 (via People Magazine archive) : "Newlywed Joe Bottoms Finds His Space (Sans Sam, Tim or Ben) in The Black Hole". People. February 4, 2013. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Joseph Bottoms". NNDB. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ Wiesel, Elie (April 16, 1978). "Trivializing the Holocaust: Semi-Fact and Semi-Fiction". New York Times. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Awards". IMDb. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ James, Clive. The Crystal Bucket. pp. 124–126. ISBN 0-330-26745-0. 
  6. ^ "The Black Hole". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Past List". Soap Central.com. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ Joseph Bottoms, authentic child of Santa Barbara ! Tele Star. 1988
  9. ^ Belle Arte Events Invade the Biltmore Santa Barbara Independent. 16 July 2009
  10. ^ Attractions "Four Seasons Resort". Four Seasons Resort. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ "JOSEPH BOTTOMS". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 

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