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Powers Boothe (1948 - 2017)

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Powers Boothe (1948 - 2017)

Powers Boothe, a character actor on screens large and small, died Sunday, May 14, 2017, of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, according to multiple news sources. He was 68.

The Emmy Award-winning Boothe excelled in playing evil characters, including his role on the hit TV show "Deadwood." His film credits include "Sin City," "Tombstone," and "The Avengers."


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Powers Allen Boothe was born June 1, 1948, in the West Texas town of Snyder, south of Lubbock. He was a graduate of Southwest Texas State University.

He won his Emmy in 1980 for playing the eponymous crazed cult leader in the television movie "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones."

Boothe was featured on the HBO series "Deadwood," playing the brothel owner Cy Tolliver. He also had a memorable role as the smarmy Sen. Roark in 2005's "Sin City" and the 2014 sequel "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For."

Fans of "24" remember his turn as acting President Noah Daniels on "24: Redemption."

Fellow actors shared their condolences on social media.

Actor Beau Bridges praised Boothe as "a dear friend, great actor, devoted father and husband."

Actor James Woods, writing on Twitter, called Boothe's death "Just sad, shocking and unexpected news. We had dinner with @GarySinise and friends weeks ago. Nicest man. #RIP"

Boothe is survived by his wife of 47 years, college sweetheart Pam, and their two children, Parisse and Preston.

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