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Sam Bottoms dies at 53; actor appeared in 'Apocalypse Now,' 'Last Picture Show'
Sam Bottoms dies at 53; actor appeared in 'Apocalypse Now,' 'Last Picture Show'

Sam Bottoms, a film and television actor who played the role of California surfer-turned-GI Lance Johnson in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War epic "Apocalypse Now," has died. He was 53. Bottoms died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles of glioblastoma multiforme, a virulent brain cancer, said his wife, Laura Bickford. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Bottoms obituary: The obituary of actor Sam Bottoms in Thursday's California section referred to his first wife as Susan Arnold. After the couple married she changed her name to Shosha Bottoms. — -------------------- The brother of actors Timothy, Joseph and Ben Bottoms, Sam made his screen debut as a...

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