Powers Boothe, a career that spanned 40 years, who’s best known for his character roles as villains has passed at the age of 68.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Boothe passed away from natural causes at his home Sunday morning. His friend, actor Beau Bridges tweeted the news Sunday afternoon.
It's with great sadness that I mourn the passing of my friend Powers Boothe. A dear friend, great actor, devoted father & husband.
— Beau Bridges (@MrBeauBridges) May 14, 2017
Boothe began his acting career performing Shakespeare in the theater before landing his role in 1977’s The Goodbye Girl. His presence in TV and film gained traction throughout the 1980s including winning an Emmy in his most critically-acclaimed role as the infamous cult leader, Rev. Jim Jones in the TV movie, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.
Some of his most memorable performances in his long career included roles in Red Dawn (1984), Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983-86), Stalingrad (1990), Family of Spies (1990), Rapid Fire (1992), Tombstone (1993), Nixon (1995), Con Air (1997), U Turn (1997), Men of Honor (2000), and Fraility(2001).
Boothe also recorded numerous voiceovers for animated projects like Scooby Doo, Ben 10, and DC animated universe as Lex Luthor, Gorilla Grodd and Red Tornado.
His most notable roles came around the last decade with his role as the corrupt politician, Senator Roark, who was a primary antagonist in both Sin City (2005) and its sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014). He played Cy Tolliver, the ruthless saloon owner in the TV series Deadwood (2004-06). He won SAG Awards for ensemble casts in Nixon and Deadwood. He also played antagonist Noah Daniels, who went from Vice President to President on the TV series 24.
Boothe solidified himself in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Gideon Malick, who was first introduced in 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers, originally as “World Security Council” before his character was given his formal name on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Malick would be a staple of H.Y.D.R.A. in the show’s third season.
Boothe’s last major role would be on the TV series Nashville as Lamar Wyatt, the industrialist and former mayor.
What is your most favorite role from Boothe’s career?