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RIP: Powers Boothe – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Red Dawn, Sin City

Powers Boothe, 68, passed away May 14, 2017

Powers Boothe, 68, passed away May 14, 2017.
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Powers Boothe, 68, passed away in his sleep from natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. His publicist, Karen Samfillipo, confirmed his passing, to, “Powers died in his sleep this morning of natural causes.  There will be a private service held in Texas where he was from.  A memorial celebration in his honor is being considered for a future date.  Donations can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which honors the nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.”

The news of Boothe’s passing was broken by a Tweet from close friend, Beau Bridges:

Boothe is best remembered for his roles as Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, the corrupt Senator Roark in both Sin City films, and most recently as Gideon Malick in the film The Avengers and reprising the role for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

Boothe’s career began on the stage first off and then on Broadway, but the role that brought him to attention was as the charismatic cult leader, Jim Jones in the CBS-TV movie, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. He won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special with that role. An excellent character actor, he often played memorable villains, such as, the gunman Curly Bill Brocius in Tombstone, the corrupt Senator Roark in both Sin City and Sin City: A Dame to Die For, as corrupt FBI Agent Wesley Doyle in the Bill Paxton film Frailty, and most recently as HYDRA leader Gideon Malick on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  He also lent his voice to Gorilla Grodd and Red Tornado in the animated Justice League and to Lex Luthor in Superman: Brainiac Attacks. Not always filling the role as villain, he also took heroic turns as the ill fated Lt. Col. Andrew ‘Andy’ Tanner in the 1984 version of Red Dawn, and as gumshoe detective Phillip Marlow of the HBO series Philip Marlowe, Private Eye, and as first Vice President and then President Noah Daniels on the series 24. He was nominated for an ensemble Emmy for Nixon, and Deadwood.

Our hearts go out to Boothe’s wife, children, family, and friends. Boothe is one of those voices of my childhood that would belt out threats in a such a deep, rumbling voice, or speak words of kindness in a surprisingly soft voice. He will be truly missed.


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