Powers Allen Boothe (June 1, 1948 – May 14, 2017) was an American television, video game, and film actor and voice actor. Some of his most notable roles include his Emmy-winning portrayal of Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones and his turns as TV detective Philip Marlowe in the 1980s, Cy Tolliver on Deadwood, "Curly Bill" Brocious in Tombstone, Vice-President and subsequently President Noah Daniels on 24, and Lamar Wyatt in Nashville.
Boothe, the youngest of three boys, was born on a cotton farm in Snyder, Texas to Kathryn Emily (née Reeves) and Merrill Vestal Boothe, a rancher. His father named him after his best friend, who had been killed in the Second World War.
Boothe attended Snyder High School, where he played football and appeared in drama productions. He was the first in his family to attend college, going to Southwest Texas State University for his undergraduate degree and later earning his master's degree in drama from Southern Methodist University.
After graduating from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, Boothe joined the repertory company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, with roles in Henry IV, Part 2 (portraying Henry IV of England), Troilus and Cressida, and others. His New York stage debut was in the 1974 Lincoln Center production of Richard III. Five years later, his Broadway theater debut came in a starring role in the one-act play Lone Star, written by James McLure.
Boothe first came to national attention in 1980, playing Jim Jones in the CBS-TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Boothe's portrayal of the crazed cult leader received critical acclaim. In Time's story on the production, Boothe was praised: "There is one extraordinary performance. A young actor named Powers Boothe captures all the charisma and evil of 'Dad', Jim Jones." Boothe won the Emmy Award for his role, beating out veterans Henry Fonda and Jason Robards. As the Screen Actors Guild were on strike in the fall of 1980, he was the only actor to cross picket lines to attend the ceremonies, saying at the time, "This may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest."
Boothe portrayed Philip Marlowe in a TV series based on Raymond Chandler's short stories for HBO in the 1980s. He appeared in such films as Southern Comfort, A Breed Apart, Red Dawn, The Emerald Forest, Rapid Fire and Extreme Prejudice, as well as the HBO films Into the Homeland and By Dawn's Early Light. Additionally, he appeared in the 1990 CBS-TV film Family of Spies, in which he played traitor Navy Officer John Walker. Boothe portrayed Curly Bill Brocius in the hit 1993 Western Tombstone, the disloyal senior Army officer in Blue Sky (opposite Jessica Lange's Oscar-winning performance), and the sinister lead terrorist in Sudden Death. He was also part of the large ensemble casts for Oliver Stone's Nixon (as Chief of Staff Alexander Haig) and U Turn (as the town sheriff).
In 2001, he starred as Flavius Aëtius, the Roman general in charge of stopping the Hun invasion in the made-for-TV miniseries Attila. Boothe played a featured role as brothel-owner Cy Tolliver on the HBO series Deadwood, and the seedy Senator Roark in the motion picture Sin City (2005), as well as its sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014). He is the voice of one of the characters in the 2005 video game Area 51 and of Gorilla Grodd, the hyper-intelligent telepathic supervillain in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. He voiced the villain, Kane, in the 2008 video game Turok.
He was a special guest star on 24, where he played Vice President Noah Daniels. He returned in the prequel to the seventh season, 24: Redemption. Just after taking the role as acting President, Boothe is seen exiting Air Force Two with F-15s in the background. Boothe played a downed F-15 pilot in Red Dawn. In March 2008, he narrated a television campaign ad for Senator John McCain's presidential campaign.
In 2012, Boothe appeared in Joss Whedon's The Avengers in a secretive role as a shadowy governmental superior to S.H.I.E.L.D. In 2015-16, he reprised the role, now named Gideon Malick, in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Boothe appeared in the 2012 miniseries Hatfields & McCoys as Judge Valentine "Wall" Hatfield. Boothe was also cast as Lamar Wyatt in the ABC musical drama series Nashville. Boothe also lent his voice to Hitman: Absolution, a 2012 video game developed by IO Interactive, voicing the character of Benjamin Travis.
|1977||The Goodbye Girl||Richard III Cast|
|1980||The Cold Eye (My Darling, Be Careful)|
|1984||A Breed Apart||Mike Walker|
|1984||Red Dawn||Lt. Col. Andrew 'Andy' Tanner|
|1985||The Emerald Forest||Bill Markham|
|1987||Extreme Prejudice||Cash Bailey|
|1988||Sapphire Man||Ryan||Short film|
|1989||Stalingrad||General Vasily Chuikov|
|1990||By Dawn's Early Light||Maj. Cassidy|
|1992||Rapid Fire||Mace Ryan|
|1993||Tombstone||Curly Bill Brocius|
|1994||Blue Sky||Vince Johnson|
|1995||Sudden Death||Joshua Foss|
|1995||Nixon||Alexander Haig||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|1997||Con Air||Officer at Leaving Ceremony (voice)|
|1997||U Turn||Sheriff Potter|
|2000||Men of Honor||Captain Pullman|
|2001||Frailty||FBI Agent Wesley Doyle|
|2005||Sin City||Senator Roark|
|2006||Superman: Brainiac Attacks||Lex Luthor (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2007||The Final Season||Jim Van Scoyoc|
|2008||Nick Nolte: No Exit||Himself||Documentary|
|2008||Edison and Leo||George T. Edison (voice)|
|2010||MacGruber||Col. Jim Faith|
|2011||Guns, Girls and Gambling||The Rancher|
|2012||The Avengers||Gideon Malick|
|2014||Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||Senator Roark|
|1980||The Plutonium Incident||Dick Hawkins||TV movie|
|1980||Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones||Jim Jones||TV movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1980||A Cry for Love||Tony Bonnell||TV movie|
|1983–1986||Philip Marlowe, Private Eye||Philip Marlowe||11 episodes
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Presentation (1983)
|1987||Into the Homeland||Jackson Swallow||TV movie
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
|1990||Family of Spies||John A. Walker Jr.||2 episodes|
|1990||By Dawn's Early Light||Cassidy||TV movie|
|1992||National Geographic: Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas||Narrator||TV documentary|
|1992||Wild Card||Preacher||TV movie|
|1993||Marked for Murder||Mace 'Sandman' Moutron||TV movie|
|1994||Web of Deception||Dr. Philip Benesch||TV movie|
|1997||True Women||Bartlett McClure||TV movie|
|1998||The Spree||Det. Bram Hatcher||TV movie|
|1999||Joan of Arc||Jacques d'Arc||3 episodes|
|1999||A Crime of Passion||Dr. Ben Pierce||TV movie|
|2001||Attila||Flavius Aetius||2 episodes|
|2003||Second Nature||Kelton Reed||TV movie|
|2002–2003||Justice League||Gorilla Grodd (voice)||4 episodes|
|2004–2006||Deadwood||Cy Tolliver||34 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2007)
|2005–2006||Justice League Unlimited||Gorilla Grodd / Red Tornado (voice)||5 episodes|
|2006||National Geographic: Lions v. Hyenas||Narrator||TV documentary|
|2007||24||Vice President Noah Daniels||14 episodes|
|2008||24: Redemption||President Noah Daniels||TV movie|
|2009||Ben 10: Alien Force||Sunder (voice)||Episode: "Singlehanded"|
|2010||Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||Sunder (voice)||Episode: "The Transmogrification of Eunice"|
|2011||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Dead Justice (voice)||Episode: "Dead Justice"|
|2011||The Looney Tunes Show||Leslie Hunt (voice)||2 episodes|
|2012||Hatfields & McCoys||Judge Valentine 'Wall' Hatfield||3 episodes|
|2012–2014||Nashville||Lamar Wyatt||26 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2012)
|2015–2016||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Gideon Malick||11 episodes|
|2015||Moonbeam City||Eo Jaxxon (voice)||Episode: "Glitzotrene: One Town’s Seduction"|
|2005||Area 51||Major Bridges (voice)|
|2008||Turok||Roland Kane (voice)|
|2010||Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction||Sunder (voice)|
|2012||Hitman: Absolution||Benjamin Travis (voice)|