Veteran actor Powers Boothe passed away this weekend at the age of 68. The multi-award winning actor was well known for playing tough character roles, often as the bad-guy or the no-nonsense authoritarian.
In 1983 he famously essayed Raymond Chandler’s notorious investigator in Philip Marlowe, Private Eye in what would be HBO‘s first original drama series. The following year he appeared in the original Red Dawn. Other prominent films in his extensive career included Southern Comfort in 1981, A Breed Apart (1984), Tombstone (1993), Sudden Death (1995), U-Turn (1997) Between 2004 and 2006 Deadwood he played Cy Tolliver, the saloon owner and appeared in 24 as the Vice President. He had appeared as Alexander Haig in Oliver Stone’s Nixon (1995) Last year took the role of Senator Gideon Malick, whom he had first played in a cameo in Marvel’s Avengers in 2012. He played another corrupt politician,Senator Roark, in 2014’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. He also lent his distinct, gravelly voice to various animated series including Justice League and Ben 10.
No stranger to controversy he showed up at the Emmy Awards ceremony to collect the award he had won for playing cult leader Jim Jones in 1980’s Guyana Tragedy. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) was on strike at the time and many members boycotted the ceremony. He was the only winner in an acting category who was there to accept an award.
Boothe also was nominated for two ‘ensemble’ SAG Awards, the first for Nixon and secondly for Deadwood.