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Powers Allen Boothe

(1948-06-01)June 1, 1948
DiedMay 14, 2017(2017-05-14) (aged 68)
Education Texas State University (BA)
Southern Methodist University (MFA)
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1977–2016
Pamela Cole(m. 19692017)
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Powers Allen Boothe (June 1, 1948 – May 14, 2017) was an American television, video game, and film actor and voice actor. Some of his most notable roles include his Emmy-winning portrayal of Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones and his turns as TV detective Philip Marlowe in the 1980s, Cy Tolliver on Deadwood , "Curly Bill" Brocius in Tombstone , Vice President and subsequently President Noah Daniels on 24 , and Lamar Wyatt in Nashville .

Actor person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio

An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής (hupokritḗs), literally "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs even when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art.

An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and is the equivalent of an Academy Award, the Tony Award, and the Grammy Award.

Jim Jones American founder and the leader of the Peoples Temple

James Warren Jones was an American charismatic religious cult leader who conspired with his inner circle to direct a mass suicide and mass murder of his followers in the remote jungle of Jonestown, Guyana. He was the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple, which he started in his home state of Indiana during the 1950s. He was officially ordained in 1956 by the Independent Assemblies of God and in 1964 by the Disciples of Christ. He moved his congregation to California in 1965 and gained notoriety with its activities in San Francisco in the early to late 1970s. He then left the United States when he relocated the group to Guyana, a country on the northern mainland of South America.


Early life

Boothe, the youngest of three sons, was born on a cotton farm in Snyder, Texas, to Merrill Vestal Boothe, a rancher, and his wife Emily (Reeves) Boothe. [1] His father named him after his best friend, who had been killed in the Second World War. [2]

Snyder, Texas City in Texas, United States

Snyder is a town in, and the county seat of Scurry County, Texas, United States. The population was 11,202 at the 2010 census. The city is located in the lower part of the Southwestern Tablelands ecological region.

Boothe attended Snyder High School, where he played football and appeared in school plays. He was the first in his family to go beyond high school, graduating with a BA from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, and earning an MA in drama from Southern Methodist University in University Park, Texas. [3] [4]

Snyder High School is a public high school located in the city of Snyder, Texas, USA and classified as a 4A school by the UIL. It is a part of the Snyder Independent School District located in central Scurry County. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.

San Marcos, Texas City

San Marcos is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos metropolitan area. It is on the Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio and is the seat of Hays County. Its limits extend into Caldwell and Guadalupe Counties, as well. Its population was 44,894 at the 2010 census and was an estimated 63,071 in 2017.

Southern Methodist University Private university in Dallas, Texas, United States

Southern Methodist University is a private research university in metropolitan Dallas, Texas with its main campus located in University Park. SMU also operates satellite campuses in Plano, Texas and Taos, New Mexico.


After graduating from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, Boothe joined the repertory company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, with roles in Henry IV, Part 2 (portraying Henry IV of England), Troilus and Cressida , and others. His New York stage debut was in the 1974 Lincoln Center production of Richard III . Five years later, his Broadway theater debut came in a starring role in the one-act play Lone Star, written by James McLure.

Texas State University university

Texas State University is a public research university located in San Marcos, Texas, United States. Established in 1899 as the Southwest Texas State Normal School, it opened in 1903 to 303 students. Since that time it has grown into the largest institution in the Texas State University System and the fifth-largest university in the state of Texas with an enrollment of over 38,000 students for the 2017 fall semester. It has ten colleges and about fifty schools and departments.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival non-profit organisation in the USA

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is a regional repertory theatre in Ashland, Oregon, United States, founded in 1935 by Angus Bowmer. From March through October each year, the Festival offers 750 to 850 matinee and evening performances in three theatres to a total annual audience of about 400,000. The Festival welcomed its millionth visitor in 1971, its 10-millionth in 2001, and its 20-millionth visitor in 2015. Depending on the time of year, between five and eleven plays are offered in daily rotation six days a week.

<i>Henry IV, Part 2</i> play by Shakespeare

Henry IV, Part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written between 1596 and 1599. It is the third part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II and Henry IV, Part 1 and succeeded by Henry V.

Boothe first came to national attention in 1980, playing Jim Jones in the CBS-TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones . Boothe's portrayal of the crazed cult leader received critical acclaim. In Time's story on the production, Boothe was praised: "There is one extraordinary performance. A young actor named Powers Boothe captures all the charisma and evil of 'Dad', Jim Jones." Boothe won the Emmy Award for his role, beating out veterans Henry Fonda and Jason Robards. As the Screen Actors Guild were on strike in the fall of 1980, he was the only actor to cross picket lines to attend the ceremonies, saying at the time, "This may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest." [5]

CBS American broadcast television network

CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network that is a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles.

<i>Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones</i> 1980 television film directed by William A. Graham

Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, also called The Mad Messiah, is a 1980 television miniseries about the Peoples Temple led by Jim Jones, and their 1978 mass suicide at Jonestown. Based on the book by Charles A. Krause, entitled Guyana Massacre: The Eyewitness Account, the film was originally shown on television on April 15, 1980.

Cult A social group defined by its unusual religious, spiritual, or philosophical beliefs,

In modern English, the term cult has come to usually refer to a social group defined by its unusual religious, spiritual, or philosophical beliefs, or its common interest in a particular personality, object or goal. This sense of the term is controversial and it has divergent definitions in both popular culture and academia and it also has been an ongoing source of contention among scholars across several fields of study. It is usually considered pejorative.

Boothe portrayed Philip Marlowe in a TV series based on Raymond Chandler's short stories for HBO in the 1980s. He appeared in such films as Southern Comfort , A Breed Apart , Red Dawn , The Emerald Forest , Rapid Fire and Extreme Prejudice , as well as the HBO films Into the Homeland and By Dawn's Early Light . Additionally, he appeared in the 1990 CBS-TV film Family of Spies , in which he played traitor Navy Officer John Walker. Boothe portrayed Curly Bill Brocius in the hit 1993 Western Tombstone , the disloyal senior Army officer in Blue Sky (opposite Jessica Lange's Oscar-winning performance), and the sinister lead terrorist in Sudden Death . He was also part of the large ensemble casts for Oliver Stone's Nixon (as Chief of Staff Alexander Haig) and U Turn (as the town sheriff).

Philip Marlowe fictional character created by Raymond Chandler

Philip Marlowe is a fictional character created by Raymond Chandler. Marlowe first appeared under that name in The Big Sleep, published in 1939. Chandler's early short stories, published in pulp magazines like Black Mask and Dime Detective, featured similar characters with names like "Carmady" and "John Dalmas".

<i>Philip Marlowe, Private Eye</i> television series

Philip Marlowe, Private Eye is an American mystery series that aired on HBO in the United States from April 16, 1983 through June 3, 1986, and on ITV in the United Kingdom. The series features Powers Boothe as Raymond Chandler's title character, and was the first drama produced for HBO. It was an early example of the uncompromising commitment to authenticity HBO would become known for in period pieces, later showcased in Rome and Deadwood, the latter of which also featured actor Powers Boothe. Unlike other modern incarnations of the Marlowe character, the HBO series kept the show set in the 1930s, true to the original Raymond Chandler stories.

HBO American pay television network

HBO is an American premium cable and satellite television network owned by AT&T's WarnerMedia. The programming featured on the network consists primarily of theatrically released motion pictures and original television shows, along with made-for-cable movies, documentaries and occasional comedy and concert specials.

In 2001, he starred as Flavius Aëtius, the Roman general in charge of stopping the Hun invasion in the made-for-TV miniseries Attila . Boothe played a featured role as brothel-owner Cy Tolliver on the HBO series Deadwood , and the seedy Senator Roark in the motion picture Sin City (2005), as well as its sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014). He is the voice of one of the characters in the 2005 video game Area 51 and of Gorilla Grodd, the hyper-intelligent telepathic supervillain in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited . He voiced the villain, Kane, in the 2008 video game Turok .

He was a special guest star on 24 , where he played Vice President Noah Daniels. He returned in the prequel to the seventh season, 24: Redemption . Just after taking the role as acting President, Boothe is seen exiting Air Force Two with F-15s in the background. Boothe played a downed F-15 pilot in Red Dawn . In March 2008, he narrated a television campaign ad for Senator John McCain's presidential campaign. [6]

In 2012, Boothe appeared in Joss Whedon's The Avengers in a secretive role as a shadowy governmental superior to S.H.I.E.L.D. In 2015-16, he reprised the role, now named Gideon Malick, in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [7]

Boothe appeared in the 2012 miniseries Hatfields & McCoys as Judge Valentine "Wall" Hatfield. Boothe was also cast as Lamar Wyatt in the ABC musical drama series Nashville . [8] Boothe also lent his voice to Hitman: Absolution , a 2012 video game developed by IO Interactive, voicing the character of Benjamin Travis.

Personal life

Boothe married his college sweetheart Pam Cole in 1969 and they remained married until his death. [9] They had two children, Parisse and Preston. [10]


Boothe died in Los Angeles, aged 68, on the morning of May 14, 2017 from the effects of pancreatic cancer. [11] [12] [13]

His body was buried in Deadwood Cemetery in rural Deadwood, located in Panola County east of Carthage in east Texas. [14]



1977 The Goodbye Girl Richard III Cast
1980 Cruising Hankie Salesman
1980The Cold Eye (My Darling, Be Careful)
1981 Southern Comfort Hardin
1984 A Breed Apart Mike Walker
1984 Red Dawn Lt. Col. Andrew 'Andy' Tanner
1985 The Emerald Forest Bill Markham
1987 Extreme Prejudice Cash Bailey
1988Sapphire ManRyanShort film
1989 Stalingrad General Vasily Chuikov
1992 Rapid Fire Mace Ryan
1993 Tombstone Curly Bill Brocius
1993Angely smerti
1994 Blue Sky Vince Johnson
1995Mutant SpeciesFrost
1995 Sudden Death Joshua Foss
1995 Nixon Alexander Haig Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997 Con Air Officer at Leaving CeremonyUncredited voice
1997 U Turn Sheriff Potter
2000 Men of Honor Captain Pullman
2001 Frailty FBI Agent Wesley Doyle
2005 Sin City Senator Roark
2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks Lex Luthor Voice, direct-to-video
2007 The Final Season Jim Van Scoyoc
2008 Nick Nolte: No Exit HimselfDocumentary
2008 Edison and Leo George T. EdisonVoice
2010 MacGruber Col. Jim Faith
2012 The Avengers Gideon Malick Credited as "World Security Council"
2012 Guns, Girls and Gambling The Rancher
2013 Straight A's Father
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Senator Roark


1980 Skag Whalen6 episodes
1980The Plutonium IncidentDick HawkinsTV movie
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Jim Jones TV movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1980 A Cry for Love Tony BonnellTV movie
1983–1986 Philip Marlowe, Private Eye Philip Marlowe 11 episodes
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Presentation (1983)
1987 Into the Homeland Jackson SwallowTV movie
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
1990 Family of Spies John A. Walker Jr. 2 episodes
1990 By Dawn's Early Light Maj. CassidyTV movie
1992 National Geographic: Eternal Enemies: Lions and HyenasNarratorTV documentary
1992Wild CardPreacherTV movie
1993Marked for MurderMace 'Sandman' MoutronTV movie
1994 Web of Deception Dr. Philip BeneschTV movie
1996 Dalva SamTV movie
1997 True Women Bartlett McClureTV movie
1998 The Spree Det. Bram HatcherTV movie
1999 Joan of Arc Jacques d'Arc 3 episodes
1999A Crime of PassionDr. Ben PierceTV movie
2001 Attila Flavius Aetius2 episodes
2003 Second Nature Kelton ReedTV movie
2002–2003 Justice League Gorilla Grodd Voice, 4 episodes
2004–2006 Deadwood Cy Tolliver 34 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2007)
2005–2006 Justice League Unlimited Gorilla Grodd / Red Tornado Voice, 5 episodes
2006National Geographic: Lions v. HyenasNarratorTV documentary
2007 24 Vice President Noah Daniels14 episodes
2008 24: Redemption President Noah DanielsTV movie
2009 Ben 10: Alien Force SunderVoice, Episode: "Singlehanded"
2010 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien SunderVoice, Episode: "The Transmogrification of Eunice"
2011 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Dead JusticeVoice, Episode: "Dead Justice"
2011 The Looney Tunes Show Leslie HuntVoice, 2 episodes
2012 Hatfields & McCoys Judge Valentine 'Wall' Hatfield3 episodes
2012–2014 Nashville Lamar Wyatt26 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2012)
2015–2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Gideon Malick 11 episodes (final live-action appearance)
2015 Moonbeam City Eo JaxxonVoice, Episode: "Glitzotrene: One Town’s Seduction"

Video games

2005 Area 51 Major BridgesVoice
2008 Turok Roland KaneVoice
2010 Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction SunderVoice
2012 Hitman: Absolution Benjamin TravisVoice

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