Timothy James Bottoms
(born 30 August 1951) is an
was born in Santa Barbara, California, the eldest son of Betty (née Chapman) and James "Bud"
Bottoms, who was a sculptor and art teacher.
He is the
brother of actors Joseph Bottoms
(born 1954), Sam Bottoms
(born 1960). In 1967,
Bottoms toured Europe
as part of the Santa
Barbara Madrigal Society.
In 2008, Timothy Bottoms faced personal tragedy when his brother
Sam Bottoms died of brain cancer at the age of 53. At one point,
Sam was the only sibling close to Timothy.
Bottoms made his film debut in 1971 as a horrifically mutilated
World War I
soldier in Dalton Trumbo
's Johnny Got His Gun
. The same
year, he appeared alongside his brother Sam in The Last Picture Show
portrayed the same character in the 1990 sequel Texasville
). He has appeared in other
notable films such as The Paper
, Love and Pain and the
Whole Damn Thing
Bottoms has a unique notability for 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!
makers of South Park
subsequently appeared as Bush in a cameo appearance in the family
Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course
. Finally, following the
September 11, 2001
, 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. His most recent role was as Mr. Kidman in The Girl Next Door
(2004). He appears in a recurring role on FX
new series Dirt
as Gibson Horne, main character
's underhanded boss.
He also co-produced the documentary Picture This - The Times of
Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas
(1991) dealing with
behind-the-scenes look on the films The Last Picture Show
. In the documentary, he revealed that he
had a crush on his co-star Cybill
during The Last Picture Show,
but she didn't
reciprocate his feelings.
- Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City,