Sadly, it has been confirmed that Powers Boothe passed away on Sunday morning, May 14th, in his sleep, of natural causes. He was 68-years-old.
During his career, Boothe became famous for appearing in TV shows like Deadwood, Sin City and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and although he often became known for his villainous characters, we always had a bit of a soft spot for him…
Boothe’s representative has since told The Hollywood Reporter that a private service will be held for Boothe in his hometown of Texas, and that the family welcomes any donations to the Gary Sinise Foundation in honor of his life and legacy. The foundation honors veterans, defenders and first responders in the UK and was a charity close to Powers’ heart.
Boothe started his acting career on the stage, rather than on the screen, and made his first debut on Broadway in the latter part of the 1970s. From there, his career skyrocketed, and he became one of the most sought after actors in the business.
But he was also a lovable character. When he won an Emmy Award in 1980 for his role in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, Broothe crossed the picket line of the actors strike and said, “This may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest.” (We’re going to go with the bravest).
Some of his most notable roles were those where he played the villain, and he appeared in Sudden Death (1995), Frailty (2001) Sin City (2005) and Deadwood as the villainous and devious character. In the more recent years, Boothe became known for his role in The Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as Gideon Malick – and we have to say, he was pretty awesome. And he will definitely be missed.
Many actors and fans have taken to Twitter to share their support and condolences for the loss of Powers.
It’s with great sadness that I mourn the passing of my friend Powers Boothe. A dear friend, great actor, devoted father & husband.
— Beau Bridges (@MrBeauBridges) 14 May 2017
Powers Boothe, RIP pic.twitter.com/ElnvlsULe4
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) 15 May 2017
You know what movie Powers Boothe was really good in? Every single one that he did. Rest In Peace.
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) 15 May 2017