Powers Boothe 1948-2017


Just days after the death of Michael Parks, we are saddened to report that another respected character actor has passed away. Powers Boothe, a Texas native best known for his roles in Deadwood, Red Dawn and Tombstone reportedly died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles yesterday morning. More recently, he had been playing Hydra leader Gideon Malick on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a role that he first played in The Avengers. He was 68 years old.

Booth got his start as a stage actor in the ’70s, debuting on Broadway with the lead role in James McLure’s Lone Star in 1979. A year later, he played Jim Jones in the TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, for which he won a Primetime Emmy. In the ’80s he went on to land major roles in a couple of Walter Hill movies (Southern Comfort and Extreme Prejudice) and also headlined the HBO series Philip Marlowe, Private Eye.

Throughout the ’90s, he continued to play many villains on screen, including Tombstone, Blue Sky and Sudden Death. He played Cy Tolliver on Deadwood, the Vice President on the sixth season of 24, and former mayor Lamar Wyatt on Nashville. Other major credits include Sin City, Nixon, U Turn, Frailty, and of course, MacGruber. What are your favourite Powers Boothe roles?

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  • Lori Cerny

    When I was thirteen, the first and only time I watched Powers Boothe, was in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Boothe’s portrayal was so disturbing and creepy that I could never watch him again in anything else.

    Is there an actor who has had a similar effect on you?