Powers Boothe will surely go down in history as one of the greatest villain actors the entertainment industry has ever seen, which he was incredibly proud of, we can say after he once told the media that “villains live longer in people’s minds and that it’s more fun to play them”. Boothe proved his versatility and dominated on both the small and the big screen.
From the Guyana tragedy of the 1980s: The Story of Jim Jones to Sin City, Deadwood, 24, to a recurring role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2015/2016, Boothe remained an active actor throughout his life.
Sadly, he was taken from Earth in 2017. With all the wealth of filmography, Boothe’s legacy will surely live on for many years to come. Follow us as we take you on a journey to learn how he spent nearly 7 decades.
Powers Boothe Bio/Wiki/Facts
He was born on June 1, 1948, as Powers Allen Boothe on a cotton farm in Snyder, Texas, the youngest child of rancher Merrill Vestal Boothe and his wife Kathryn Emily (née Reeves), who shared three sons.
Boothe’s father named him after a friend he lost in the Second World War. While attending Snyder High School, Powers played football and hoped to become a professional, but changed his mind when he realized that the referees of the sport are not always accurate or impartial.
His next interest was acting. After graduating from high school, Powers made history in his family by being the first to attend college. He chose Southwest Texas State University where he began to explore his interest in acting.
Powers did not stop with a college degree. Eventually, he enrolled at Southern Methodist University on a scholarship and earned a master’s degree. It was only after graduating that Powers began a career in acting. “I never thought about it before,” he told American Profile magazine in 2012. “Going to LA or New York was like going to the moon for me!”
And to the moon was where Powers went in 1970 after joining the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s repertoire group. Some of his theater appearances included Henry IV, Troilus and Cressida and Richard III. In the late 1970s, Boothe made his Broadway debut in Lone Star & Pvt. Wars.
After that Boothe changed to television and didn’t need long to make a name for himself. His portrayal of Jim Jones in the television movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones earned him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Mini-Series or Film.
Boothe had received the award himself after he made the courageous decision to attend the event, which was boycotted by many due to the strike of the Screen Actors Guild.
“This is either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest,” Boothe said in his acceptance speech. Well, in retrospect, it can be said that this moment was more courageous than stupid.
From then on, Boothe’s career was on a pamphlet. He even received two nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award, firstly for his role as General Alexander Haig in Nixon (1995), which may have been one of his nuanced villain roles, and secondly for his role as Cy Tolliver, a brothel operator on the television series Deadwood.
A decade before his passing, Boothe was more active on the small screen and had recurring roles in 24, Nashville, and agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Powers lent his gritty voice to a number of cartoon characters in movie television and video games.
In 2009 he was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame along with actor and singer Billy Bob Thornton.
Cause of Death
According to his publicist, Powers Boothe died a natural death. He died in his sleep on the morning of May 14, 2017. At the time of his death, Powers was fighting pancreatic cancer.
After the news of his death, friends and colleagues went to social media to express their condolences to her boyfriend, actor Beau Bridges at the helm. He wrote: “It is with great sadness that I mourn my friend Powers Boothe. A dear friend, great actor, devoted father, and husband. ”
Among the others was his Red Dawn colleague, Lea Thompson, who wrote, “I loved acting with you because you were a gentleman and a great actor.
Net Worth: $8 million
At the time of his death, Powers’ assets were estimated at $8 million.
Powers Boothe’s success professionally matched his personal life which was free of dramas, tax issues, and most importantly divorce troubles. He married his college sweetheart Pam Cole in 1969 and remained married to her upon his death, a rarity in Hollywood. The couple had two children, a son named Preston and a daughter, Parisse.