Joseph Bottoms
Santa Barbara, California
Years active1973–present
Known for
Spouse(s)Delilah Andison (1980–?)[1]
Dianna Louise Diels (1994–2007)

Joseph Bottoms is an American actor who won the 1975 Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year for his role in The Dove. He is also well known for his roles in the television mini-series Holocaust and Disney's The Black Hole.


Bottoms made his screen debut in the 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.[citation needed]

In the 1978 mini-series Holocaust, he starred as Rudi Weiss, a German Jew who joins the Jewish partisans.[2] The series was well-received, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries.[citation needed]

A year later, he appeared in The Black Hole, a science fiction film that grossed over $35 million at the U.S. box office.[3] 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 Jeff Daniels reprising the role of Jed, Christopher Reeve as Ken and Swoosie Kurtz as Gwen.

In 1984, he starred with Kirstie Alley in Blind Date. From 1985 to 1986, he was a series regular on 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 Days of Our Lives.[4] 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

Bottoms was born in Santa Barbara, California, and is the second son of sculptor James "Bud" Bottoms and Betty (née Chapman).[citation needed] He is the brother of actors Timothy Bottoms, Sam Bottoms, and Ben Bottoms.[5] He has been married twice and twice divorced.[1] Since 1999, he has been running the Bottoms Art Galleries in Santa Barbara that include his father's sculptures.[6][7]


Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Dove Robin Lee Graham Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
1976 Crime and Passion 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
2019 Cicada Song Ken
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; Drillers on an oil rig near Antarctica discover that they have accidentally brought up several prehistoric eggs. One egg hatches and becomes an unstoppable creature.
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 movie
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"
Year Title Role Notes
1981 Fifth of July Ken


  1. ^ a b "Newlywed Joe Bottoms Finds His Space (Sans Sam, Tim or Ben) in The Black Hole". People. February 4, 2013. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  2. ^ Wiesel, Elie (April 16, 1978). "Trivializing the Holocaust: Semi-Fact and Semi-Fiction". The New York Times. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  3. ^ "The Black Hole". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Past List". Soap Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  5. ^ Prime, Alena. Joseph Bottoms, authentic child of Santa Barbara Tele Star. 1988
  6. ^ Donelon, Charles. (July 16, 2009) Belle Arte Events Invade the Biltmore Santa Barbara Independent.
  7. ^ "Four Seasons Resort". Retrieved June 7, 2011.