Powers Boothe was a great character actor who marveled and amazed when he hit the silver screen. He passed away earlier this afternoon.
Boothe starred in many movies but two of them I can recall that were huge were Tombstone and The Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Both of these he threw himself into the part and when you saw him on screen, you knew you were getting the real deal.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Boothe, who grew up on a farm in the Lone Star State, began his acting career in the theater, playing in a number of Shakespearean productions including Henry IV. He made his Broadway debut in the late ’70s in Lone Star & Pvt. Wars.
In 1980, he won an Emmy for lead actor in a limited series or special for playing cult leader Jim Jones in CBS’ Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. He won that award during an actors strike and chose to cross the picket line to accept his trophy, saying, “This may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest.”
Boothe also was nominated two ensemble SAG Awards, first in 1996 alongside the cast of Nixon and then again in 2007 with the cast of Deadwood.
Boothe gained a reputation for playing villains with memorable roles in action film Sudden Death (1995), Bill Paxton’s Frailty (2001) and the nefarious Senator Roark in Sin City (2005). Perhaps his most famous villain role was Cy Tolliver, the ruthless saloon owner on Deadwood.
More recently, Boothe took on the role of Gideon Malick as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, debuting the role on The Avengers and reprising it on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
He portrayed Alexander Haig in Nixon (1995) and a sheriff in another Oliver Stone film, U Turn (1997) and was unforgettable as the wicked gunman Curly Bill Brocius in Tombstone (1993).
He also played Connie Britton’s father, the industrialist and former mayor Lamar Wyatt, on Nashville and portrayed Noah Daniels, the vice president and then the U.S. president, on 24.
Boothe also did a great Jim Jones:
He will be missed!
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