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American TV/film actor Sam Bottoms has died of a brain tumour, aged 53.

He passed away on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles, California.

Bottoms, with his older brothers Timothy and Joseph, and younger brother, Ben, made regular appearances in both movies and TV shows during the 1970s - notably Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film Apocalypse Now.

His first film credit was in 1971's The Last Picture Show, prompting a long line of commercial and TV stints including a role in 1981 mini-series East of Eden.

Bottoms' later film credits include Bronco Billy, directed by Clint Eastwood, Gardens of Stone, directed by Coppola, and most recently, 2003's Seabiscuit, alongside Tobey Maguire, in which he played an assistant trainer.

In addition to his three brothers, Bottoms is survived by his parents, James and Elizabeth Chapman Bottoms, his second wife, Laura Conde Bickford, a film producer; and two daughters from his first marriage, Clara and Io.

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