Powers Boothe

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Powers Boothe
Boothe at the premiere of Sin City, March 22, 2005
BornPowers Allen Boothe
(1948-06-01) June 1, 1948 (age 66)
Snyder, Texas, U.S.
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Pamela Ann Boothe (1969–present)
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Powers Boothe
Boothe at the premiere of Sin City, March 22, 2005
BornPowers Allen Boothe
(1948-06-01) June 1, 1948 (age 66)
Snyder, Texas, U.S.
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Pamela Ann Boothe (1969–present)

Powers Allen Boothe (born June 1, 1948) is an American television and film actor. Some of his most notable roles include his Emmy-winning 1980 portrayal of Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones and his turns as TV detective Phillip Marlowe in the 1980s, as Cy Tolliver on Deadwood, as "Curly Bill" Brocious in Tombstone, as well as Vice-President Noah Daniels on 24 and as the voice of Gorilla Grodd in the DC Animated Universe. From 2012 to 2014 he starred as Lamar Wyatt in the ABC musical drama series Nashville.

Personal life[edit]

The youngest of three boys, Boothe was born on a farm in Snyder, the seat of Scurry County, Texas, to Emily Kathryn (Reeves) and Merrill Vestal Boothe, a rancher.[1][2] Boothe is the father of actress Parisse Boothe.

He resides in Los Angeles, where he raises racing quarter horses. He attended Texas State University (then Southwest Texas State College) in San Marcos as an undergraduate, where he joined Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and received his Master of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1972.


After graduating from college, Boothe joined the repertory company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, with roles in Henry IV, Part 2 (portraying Henry IV of England), Troilus and Cressida, and others. His New York stage debut was in the 1974 Lincoln Center production of Richard III. Five years later, his Broadway theater debut came in a starring role in the one-act play Lone Star, written by James McLure.

Boothe first came to national attention in 1980, playing Jim Jones in the CBS-TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Boothe's portrayal of the crazed cult leader received critical acclaim. In Time's story on the production, Boothe was praised: "There is one extraordinary performance. A young actor named Powers Boothe captures all the charisma and evil of 'Dad', Jim Jones." Boothe won the Emmy Award for his role, beating out veterans Henry Fonda and Jason Robards. As the Screen Actors Guild were on strike in the fall of 1980, he was the only actor to cross picket lines to attend the ceremonies.[3] He said at the time, "This may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest."

Powers Boothe made an appearance during the 1987 Celebrity Golf Challenge for Charity where he made the current long drive record for celebrities of 490 yards. For these efforts, Boothe was awarded the Golden Pumpkin, but, because of scheduling conflicts, he could not receive the award in person.

Boothe joined the ranks of Humphrey Bogart and other actors when he portrayed Philip Marlowe in a series of short films for HBO in the 1980s. He appeared in such films as Southern Comfort, A Breed Apart, Red Dawn, The Emerald Forest, and Extreme Prejudice, as well as the HBO films Into The Homeland and By Dawn's Early Light. Additionally, he appeared in the 1990 CBS-TV film Family of Spies, in which he played traitor Navy Officer John Walker. Boothe portrayed Curly Bill Brocius in the hit 1993 Western Tombstone, the disloyal senior Army officer in Blue Sky (opposite Jessica Lange's Oscar-winning performance), and the sinister lead terrorist in Sudden Death. He was also part of the large ensemble casts for Oliver Stone's Nixon (as Chief of Staff Alexander Haig) and U Turn (as the town sheriff).

In 2001, he starred as Flavius Aëtius, the Roman general in charge of stopping the Hun invasion in the made-for-TV mini-series Attila. Boothe has played a featured role as brothel-owner Cy Tolliver on the HBO series Deadwood, and the seedy Senator Roark in the motion picture Sin City (2005), as well as its sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014). He is the voice of one of the characters in the 2005 video game Area 51 and of Gorilla Grodd, the hyper-intelligent telepathic supervillain in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. He voiced the villain, Kane, in the 2008 video game Turok.

He was a special guest star on 24, where he played Vice President Noah Daniels. He returned in the prequel to the seventh season, 24: Redemption. Just after taking the role as acting President, Boothe is seen exiting Air Force Two with F-15s in the background. Boothe played a downed F-15 pilot in Red Dawn. In March 2008, he narrated a television campaign ad for Senator John McCain's presidential campaign.[4] He maintains a private art collection which includes Western paintings of his friend and fellow actor Buck Taylor.

In 2012, Boothe appeared in Joss Whedon's The Avengers in a secretive role as a shadowy governmental superior to S.H.I.E.L.D. Boothe appeared in the 2012 mini-series Hatfields and McCoys as Judge Valentine "Wall" Hatfield. Boothe was also cast as Lamar Wyatt in the ABC musical drama series Nashville.[5] Boothe also lent his voice to Hitman: Absolution, a 2012 video game developed by IO Interactive, voicing the character of Benjamin Travis.



1977The Goodbye GirlRichard III Cast
1980CruisingHankie Salesman
1980The Cold Eye (My Darling, Be Careful)???
1981Southern ComfortHardin
1984A Breed ApartMike Walker
1984Red DawnLt. Col. Andrew 'Andy' Tanner
1985The Emerald ForestBill Markham
1987Extreme PrejudiceCash Bailey
1988Sapphire ManRyanshort
1989StalingradGeneral Cuikov
1992Rapid FireMace Ryan
1993TombstoneCurly Bill Brocius
1994Blue SkyVince Johnson
1995Mutant SpeciesFrost
1995Sudden DeathJoshua Foss
1995NixonAlexander HaigNominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997Con AirOfficer at Leaving Ceremonyvoice
1997U TurnSheriff Potter
2000Men of HonorCaptain Pullman
2001FrailtyFBI Agent Wesley Doyle
2005Sin CitySenator Roark
2006Superman: Brainiac AttacksLex Luthorvoice
2007The Final SeasonJim Van Scoyoc
2008Edison and LeoGeorge T. Edisonvoice
2010MacGruberCol. Jim Faith
2011Guns, Girls and GamblingThe Rancher
2012The AvengersWorld Security Council member
2013Straight A'sFather
2014Sin City: A Dame to Kill ForSenator Roark


1980SkagWhalen6 episodes
1980The Plutonium IncidentDick Hawkins
1980Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim JonesJim JonesPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1980A Cry for LoveTony Bonnell
1983–1986Philip Marlowe, Private EyePhilip Marlowe11 episodes
Nominated — CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Presentation (1983)
1987Into the HomelandJackson SwallowNominated — CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
1990Family of SpiesJohn A. Walker Jr
1990By Dawn's Early LightCassidy
1992National Geographic: Eternal Enemies: Lions and HyenasNarrator
1992Wild CardPreacher
1993Marked for MurderMace 'Sandman' Moutron
1994Web of DeceptionDr. Philip Benesch
1997True WomenBartlett McClure
1998The SpreeDet. Bram Hatcher
1999Joan of ArcJacques D'Arc
1999A Crime of PassionDr. Ben Pierce
2001AttilaFlavius Aetius
2003Second NatureKelton Reed
2002–2006Justice LeagueGorilla Grodd / Red Tornadovoice, 9 episodes
2004–2006DeadwoodCy Tolliver34 episodes
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2007)
2006National Geographic: Lions v. Hyenas1 episode, narrator
200724Vice President Noah Daniels14 episodes
200824: RedemptionPresident Noah Daniels
2012Hatfields & McCoysJudge Valentine 'Wall' Hatfield
2012–2014NashvilleLamar WyattSeries Regular, Season 1

Recurring Role, Season 2, 26 episodes

Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2012)

Video games[edit]

2005Area 51Major Bridgesvoice
2008TurokRoland Kanevoice
2012Hitman: AbsolutionBenjamin Travisvoice


  1. ^ "Powers Boothe Film Reference bio". Filmreference.com. 1949-06-01. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  2. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=30918709
  3. ^ EW[dead link]
  4. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS Blog: ''The Dallas Morning News''". Trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com. 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  5. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich, Fall TV First Impression: ABC's Nashville Sings, TVLine, August 14, 2012

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