R.I.P. Powers Boothe (1948-2017)

Less than a week has gone by since the death of Michael Parks but another longtime actor has passed away. Powers Boothe passed away in his sleep from natural causes on May 14th.

Boothe’s first acting credit came in 1977 in The Goodbye Girl after a number of years in theater, including a stint on Broadway. His first major role was in the 1980 TV movie, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Jones was the cult leader of the Peoples Temple and led a mass suicide at Jonestown in 1978. Boothe won an Emmy for his portrayal as Jones and showed up to receive his award despite the show being during the Screen Actors Guild’s strike.

In later years, Boothe continued to appear in countless films, though, he was never really a leading man. He has appeared in a number of westerns including Tombstone, Hatfields & McCoys, and the HBO series, Deadwood, as brothel owner, Cy Tulliver. He also made appearances in both of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City films as Senator Roark. Most recently, he played Gideon Malick in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

All respects go to the family and friends of Powers Boothe.

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