April 22, 1954 |
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Delilah Andison (1980–?)
Dianna Louise Diels (1994–2007)
|Parent(s)||James "Bud" Bottoms and Betty (née Chapman) Bottoms|
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.
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. The series was well-received, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries.
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.
A year later he starred in The Black Hole, a science fiction film that grossed over $35 million at the US box office. 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. 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..
Bottoms was born in Santa Barbara, California, and is the second son of sculptor James "Bud" Bottoms and Betty (née Chapman). He is the brother of actors Timothy Bottoms, Sam Bottoms, and Ben Bottoms. Bottoms has been married twice and twice divorced. Since 1999, Bottoms has been running the Bottoms Art Galleries in Santa Barbara that also includes his father's sculptures.
|1974||The Dove||Robin Lee Graham||Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor|
|1976||Ace Up My Sleeve||Larry|
|1979||The Black Hole||Lieutenant Charlie Pizer|
|1980||Cloud Dancer||Tom Loomis|
|1981||King of the Mountain||Buddy|
|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|||
|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"|
|1981||Fifth of July||Ken|
- 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.
- "Joseph Bottoms". NNDB. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
- Wiesel, Elie (April 16, 1978). "Trivializing the Holocaust: Semi-Fact and Semi-Fiction". New York Times. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
- "Awards". IMDb. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
- James, Clive. The Crystal Bucket. pp. 124–126. ISBN 0-330-26745-0.
- "The Black Hole". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
- "Past List". Soap Central.com. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
- Joseph Bottoms, authentic child of Santa Barbara ! Tele Star. 1988
- Belle Arte Events Invade the Biltmore Santa Barbara Independent. 16 July 2009
- Attractions "Four Seasons Resort". Four Seasons Resort. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
- "JOSEPH BOTTOMS". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
- Joseph Bottoms at the Internet Movie Database
- Joseph Bottoms at AllMovie
- Joseph Bottoms at TV Guide
- Fifth of July at the Internet Broadway Database
- Joseph Bottoms at Filmreference.com
- Joseph Bottoms at TV.com