Who is Dr. Buckeye Bottoms?
Bartholomew Buckeye Bottoms was born on 25 January 1977, in Santa Barbara, California USA, and is a television personality as well as a veterinarian, best known for being the star of the National Geographic Channel program entitled “The Adventures of Dr. Buckeye Bottoms”, which began airing in 2017.
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The Net Worth of Dr. Buckeye Bottoms
How rich is Dr. Buckeye Bottoms? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $10 million, earned largely through a successful career in the veterinary field. His wealth has also increased significantly with his television show, and as he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and EducationBuckeye was born into a family very familiar with the entertainment industry, with his father being actor Timothy Bottoms, while his mother was a singer. However, his parents’ marriage was short lived and they separated while Buckeye was still young, leading to a divorce. The parents fought over the custody of their child which lasted for a few years. His father later married another woman and now has three more children. Buck grew up with his father’s new family, including his stepmother and three half-siblings. Despite the unusual set-up, they worked well together, and after matriculating from high school, he then enrolled at California Polytechnic State University where he studied animal science, graduating in 2000. He continued his studies at the Atlantic Veterinary College, completing a degree in Veterinary Medicine four years later. With the completion of his medical degree, he then moved to Santa Cruz as a large animal veterinarian, often travelling to fulfill his work. He stayed there for a couple of years before eventually settling in Hawaii, where he increased his knowledge through further studies in the marine veterinary field.
Transition to Television
Dr. Bottoms worked without much attention during the first part of his stay in Hawaii. However, after the death of his colleague and famous vet Dr. Scott Sims, he was asked to fill in the space left behind at Kauai Island. He established mobile facilities in other locations in Hawaii as well, including Big Island, Maui, Lanai and Oahu, widely active across the state in helping the animal life since 2007. Eventually his popularity grew, and he was approached by television producers with the idea of a reality television show, based on his professional career.The move would help increase his net worth significantly, and also become an avenue for people to know more about animals, as well as how to care for them. While some thought that he would initially struggle while working with a camera crew, he proved to be a natural, one of the reasons is because he comes from a family of actors; his three half-brothers pursued acting careers. One of his brothers is Joseph Bottoms who won a Golden Globe in 1975 as New Star of the Year.
The Adventures of Dr. Buckeye Bottoms
In his reality show, Dr. Buckeye is seen travelling to various locations in Hawaii, treating numerous animals including dogs, cattle, horses, pigs, alpacas, pygmy goats and many more. He attends to animals with a mobile vet van or truck, which has all of the necessary equipment and medicines necessary to treat a range of ailments. He also has a pet dog named Kevin who accompanies him on almost every trip. According to the doctor, one of the reasons he agreed to a show is to help promote his ideals against animal negligence and abuse.
In some of his dealings on the show, he has seen animals which have faced abusive treatment. The television exposure can help these issues reach a larger audience, so more people are aware of how to take care of their animals. Other parts of his work have him visiting various shores and beaches in the state, working as an ocean or marine veterinarian. The first season of the show was a pilot which lasted for three episodes, but due to the positive response, the show was renewed for a full season which aired for eight episodes.
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Personal Life and Death Rumors
For his personal life, not much is known in terms of Dr. Bottoms’ romantic relationships if any. There is some speculation floating around that he is married, but it has never been confirmed. He’s also never been reported on having any relationship, and has never been spotted in public with a woman or man. His father is known for his film work from the 1970s up to the 2010s, and has portrayed George Bush in several films during his career. One of his half-brothers, Joseph starred in the film “The Black Hole”, while another, Sam was also an actor, but passed away in 2008.
In 2015, rumors started spreading that the doctor had passed away, though the rumors were vague and didn’t provide any specific details. Despite that, a lot of people believed it before another statement was released stating that the news was fake. The rumors also coincided with a volcanic eruption which caused more concern, but the doctor assured everyone that he was safe with his animals. He is known to be the owner of multiple trucks, as he has one truck on almost every major island of Hawaii, each of them is well equipped for a mobile veterinarian’s work.