19 December 2008 4:54 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Bottoms with Francis Ford Coppola several years ago at the Cannes Film Festival for the director's release of Apocalypse Now Redux, the director's cut of the 1979 masterpiece. Actor Sam Bottoms has died of brain cancer at age 53. Bottoms made his feature film debut opposite his brother Joseph in director Peter Bogdanovich's 1971 hit The Last Picture Show. Bottoms also had a prominent role in Clint Eastwood's hit 1976 western The Outlaw Josey Wales.  In 1979, Bottoms made a memorable impression as Lance, the drugged-out, surfing-obesses  hippie soldier who finds himself on a bizarre and seemingly suicidal mission in Vietnam and Cambodia in Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece Apocalypse Now. For more click here »

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