Hollywood was rocked by the death of veteran stage, film, and TV actor Powers Boothe, who passed away yesterday at the age of 68 from natural causes.
Boothe will be best known for his villain roles on Deadwood, Sin City, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He will also be remembered for his role as Brandon Lee‘s policeman ally in the 1992 action film Rapid Fire.
Powers Allen Boothe was born in Snyder, Texas on June 1, 1948. He was the youngest of three sons. After graduating from Southwest Texas State University, Boothe began his career on the stage for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival before making his New York stage debut in 1974 with Richard III at the famed Lincoln Center. That would lead him to his first film appearance as part of that cast in 1977’s The Goodbye Girl.
In 1980, Boothe’s portrayal of People’s Temple leader Jim Jones in the television film Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, gained Boothe national attention as he was praised for playing the titular madman who led a mass suicide in 1978. The film earned Boothe an Emmy Award for Best Actor that year.
Boothe also would play famous detective Philip Marlowe in a 1980’s HBO series while appearing in more films and TV series. Aside from the previously mentioned films, he gained notoriety for his roles in Extreme Prejudice, Red Dawn (the 1984 original), and Frailty. He would go on to gain more acclaim throughout his career not only in front of the cameras, but doing voiceover work as well. He did voiceover work for the video game Area 51 and voiced Gorilla Grodd in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.
Boothe is survived by his wife Pam and children Parisse and Preston.
World Film Geek sends its condolences to the family of Powers Boothe. As a final tribute, here is Boothe teaching the Wolverines how the invasion happened in 1984’s Red Dawn:
Rest in Peace, Powers Boothe