The Info List - Powers Boothe

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.

Early life

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.[1] His father named him after his best friend, who had been killed in the Second World War.[2]

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.[3][4]


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."[5]

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.[6]

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.[citation needed]

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.[7] Boothe also lent his voice to Hitman: Absolution, a 2012 video game developed by IO Interactive, voicing the character of Benjamin Travis.

Personal life

Boothe married his college sweetheart Pam Cole in 1969 and they remained married until his death.[8] They had two children, Parisse and Preston.[9]


Boothe died aged 68 in Los Angeles on the morning of May 14, 2017 from the effects of pancreatic cancer.[10][11][12] His body was buried in Deadwood Cemetery, in Deadwood, Texas.[13]



Year Film Role Notes
1977 The Goodbye Girl Richard III Cast
1980 Cruising Hankie Salesman
1980 The Cold Eye (My Darling, Be Careful)
1981 Southern Comfort Hardin
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 Mutant Species Frost
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
2013 Straight A's Father
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Senator Roark


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Skag Whalen 6 episodes
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
1996 Dalva Sam 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"

Video games

Year Film Role Notes
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)


  1. ^ "Powers Boothe Film Reference biodata". Filmreference.com. 1949-06-01. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  2. ^ Carlson, Michael (May 16, 2017). "Powers Boothe obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved May 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ Victor, Daniel (2017-05-17). "Actor Powers Boothe, 68, known for 'Deadwood' and other dark roles". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  4. ^ Bethel, Brian (2017-05-15). "Actor Powers Boothe, Snyder native, dies". Abilene Reporter-News. Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  5. ^ Wells, Jane (2007-12-13). "Writers' Strike: Any One Gonna Cross Picket Line To Get A GG?". CNBC. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  6. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS Blog: The Dallas Morning News". Trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com. 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  7. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich, Fall TV First Impression: ABC's Nashville Sings, TVLine, August 14, 2012
  8. ^ "Powers Boothe Obituary". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-05-18. 
  9. ^ "Powers Boothe Reflects on Texas Upbringing, Life in Nashville". americanprofile.com. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  10. ^ "Powers Boothe Died of Heart Attack Due to Pancreatic Cancer, According to Death Certificate". TMZ.com. 2017-05-30. Retrieved 2017-06-03. 
  11. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly; Rahman, Abid (May 14, 2017). "Powers Boothe, 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and 'Sin City' Actor, Dies at 68". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 14, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Powers Boothe, Emmy-Winning Character Actor, Dead at 68". The Wrap. May 14, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  13. ^ Boothe's entry in Findagrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/179352451/powers-boothe

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