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‘Deadwood’ Actor Powers Boothe Dies at 68

Character actor best known for playing the role of a villain in films

Actor Known for Playing Villains Dies at 68

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Well-respected actor Powers Boothe became known for playing cowboys and tough guys, including violent saloon owner Cy Tolliver on HBO’s Deadwood and sociopath Curly Bill in the 1993 movie western Tombstone. He died of natural causes on May 14 while sleeping in his Los Angeles home. He was 68 years old.

Here are some facts about his life and career:

  • In 1980, Boothe won an Emmy for his lead role in the CBS TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, where he played a preacher who led 909 of his followers to commit mass suicide.
  • Despite often being cast as a heavy, Boothe was able to show his range with heroic parts, including playing an U.S. Air Force pilot in 1984’s Red Dawn.
  • Most recently Boothe appeared in the movie Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and had recurring roles in the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nashville.
  • He was a special guest star on TV’s 24, where he played the vice president.
  • His acting career started in theater, where he appeared in Shakespearean productions. He made his Broadway debut in the Lone Star & Pvt. Wars.
  • Boothe grew up in the small town of Snyder, Texas. He was the first person in his family to go to college and attended Texas State University, according to People magazine.
  • While in college, Boothe discovered his love of acting and wed the love of his life, his high-school sweetheart Pam. They were married in May 1969, a week shy of his 21st birthday, and had two children, daughter Parisse and son Preston.

Fans seeking to honor the actor can make donations to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which seeks to “honor our nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.”

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