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Deadwood actor Powers Boothe dies age 68 of natural causes

16 May 2017
Deadwood actor Powers Boothe dies age 68 of natural causes

While he's remembered first by friends and family as a father to his two children and husband to Pamela Anne Boothe, he also leaves behind an extensive body of work in film and television.

"This is either the most courageous moment of my career or the stupidest", declared Boothe when he accepted his Emmy for CBS's miniseries "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones" amidst a Screen Actors Guild strike. A memorial celebration is being considered by his family for a later date.

Boothe was born and raised in tiny Snyder, Texas (population: 11,000, give or take).

Mind you he made his NY theater debut at age 26 in a Lincoln Center staging of "Richard III" and, in 1979, made his Broadway debut in the starring role of James McLure's one-act "Lone Star".

On the big screen, Boothe's other credits included The Emerald Forest, Tombstone, Nixon, Marvel Avengers Assemble and Frailty, the feature directorial debut of fellow Texan actor Bill Paxton, who passed away earlier this year. After the movie was released just two years after the real incident, Boothe won an Emmy for his portrayal, which drew dialogue from real tapes recorded by Jones as he instructed his flock to consume poisoned fruit punch.

"I loved acting with you #PowersBoothe you were a gentlemen and a great actor", she wrote.

You might not have always known his name when he popped up on TV and in the movies, but you always recognized him for playing smug and often ruthless characters. With his iconic mustache, and grizzled Texan accent, Powers Boothe quickly became synonymous with the Western genre, due to his iconic performances in Tombstone, and HBO's Deadwood.

Peter MacNicol, who acted alongside Boothe on Fox's "24", tweeted Monday that Boothe was a great, old school actor whose every word on camera "sounded like a first time utterance". Rest In Peace, Powers. He told American Profile in 2012: "The heavies are more fun".

In 2009, Boothe was inducted in the Texas Film Hall of Fame.