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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 June 1948Snyder, Texas, USA
Date of Death 14 May 2017Los Angeles, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NamePowers Allen Boothe
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Incisive, gravelly-voiced screen tough guy Powers Boothe was born on June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, a sharecropper's son. Used to hard physical work "chopping cotton" as a youngster, he went on to become the first member of his family to attend university. He then proceeded to study acting via a fellowship with Southern Methodist University, earning a degree in Fine Arts. His performing career began in repertory with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 1974, Boothe arrived in New York after theatrical stints in Connecticut and Philadelphia. It took another five years before he made his breakthrough on Broadway as a swaggering Texas cowboy in James McLure's comedy play "Lone Star". His Emmy-winning performance as Reverend Jim Jones in the miniseries Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980) led to a permanent move to Los Angeles. Lucrative screen offers followed and Boothe became firmly established as a leading actor after being well cast as Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983), HBO's first drama series, set in 1930s Los Angeles.

Though his portfolio of characters would eventually comprise assorted sheriffs, military brass and FBI agents, Boothe appreciated the indisputable fact that bad guys were often the "last in people's minds" and playing them could be "more fun". Arguably, his most convincing (and oddly likeable) villain was snarling gunslinger Curly Bill Brocius, confronting the Earps in Tombstone (1993). Boothe would go on to tackle with equal verve such complex characters as White House Chief of Staff Alexander Haig in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995), hawkish Vice President Noah Daniels on 24 (2001)) and industrialist power broker Lamar Wyatt in Nashville (2012). One of his best remembered roles remains that of Cy Tolliver, the (fictional) owner of the (historical) Bella Union saloon and brothel, chief nemesis of Al Swearingen on HBO's Deadwood (2004). Boothe particularly enjoyed his lengthy soliloquies which reminded him of his time on the Shakespearean stage. The tall Texan with the penetrating eyes was rather gleefully (and enjoyably) over-the-top fiendish as Senator Roark in the post film noir Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) and managed (at least near the end) to inject some humanity into the part of Gideon Malick, the sinister head of HYDRA, in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013).

As is so often the case with actors of the 'hard-boiled school', Boothe has often been described as the very antithesis of the characters he essayed on screen. Sin City director Robert Rodriguez fittingly eulogised him as "a towering Texas gentleman and world class artist". Powers Boothe died in his sleep at age 68 on the morning of May 14, 2017.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (1)

Pam Cole (25 May 1969 - 14 May 2017) (his death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Frequently played authority figures, military or government agents or clergy
Piercing dark eyes and long face
Deep gravelly voice

Trivia (13)

He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Southwest Texas State University.
In September 1980, in an act of defiance, he showed up at the Emmy Awards ceremony to collect the award he had won for playing Jim Jones. The Screen Actors Guild was in the middle of a strike and members boycotted the ceremony until the strike was settled. He was the only winner in an acting category who showed up. The incident was referenced in the James L. Brooks comedy film I'll Do Anything (1994).
Had two children: Parisse Boothe and Preston Boothe.
During the 1980 actor's boycott, he was one of the few nominees to attend the Emmy Awards ceremony, and the only winner to accept his award in person.
Was the youngest of three sons of Merrill Vestal Boothe and Emily Kathryn Reeves.
His family lived in the American South for many generations, and are generally of British Isles (English) ancestry.
For his role on Tombstone (1993), he was trained by renowned Hollywood Gun Coach Thell Reed, who has also trained such actors as: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Bill Paxton, Sam Elliot, Michael Biehn, Brad Pitt, Girard Swan and Leonardo DiCaprio.
He was named after a friend of his father's that was killed in World War II.
Received his Master's degree in Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University and went on to become a resident actor at the Oregon Shakespeare Company.
He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in Austin, Texas. [March 2009]
His favorite role was in the science fiction horror film Mutant Species (1994).
Resided in Los Angeles, California, where he raised racing quarter horses.
Powers Boothe passed away on May 14, 2017, less than three weeks away from what would have been his 69th birthday on June 1.

Personal Quotes (5)

[accepting his Emmy Award, 1980] This is either the most courageous moment of my career or the stupidest... I also thought long and hard whether or not I would attend, but I came here because this is America and one must do what one believes. I believe in the Academy. I also believe in my fellow actors in their stand.
Hell, I've played as many guys who get the girl as I have heavies. I've done love scenes with Jessica Lange [Blue Sky (1994)] and Jennifer Lopez [U Turn (1997)], and I won't kid you, they're fun.
I've been fortunate in my career to have the opportunity to pick and choose the parts I play. I've also been lucky to always be involved with quality actors, quality directors, quality writers.
[2007, on beginning as an actor] One role leads to another. For the first 10 years [that] I was a professional actor, all I did was Shakespeare. And the show I did in New York that brought me out [to L.A.] was a flat-out comedy. And they never let me do comedy.
[on playing the U.S. President on 24 (2001)] One of the more interesting things about doing this is I don't have to worry about my wardrobe... because it's the same every day, all day.

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