Hollywood is in mourning this week after Powers Boothe, a character actor known for his dark roles, passed away. He was 68 years-old.
The New York Times reported that Boothe starred in television shows like “Deadwood” and movies like “Sin City.” In 1980, he won an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or special for his performance as the leader of the Jonestown cult in “Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.”
Born in West Texas in 1948, Boothe once said, “we didn’t have anything to do in my little town except drive fast cars, play pool and go to the bootlegger, the drive-in, and a lot of places I shouldn’t have been in.”
During his senior year in high school, he shocked everyone by quitting football to focus solely on acting.
“I decided I was not going to make my living beating my head against someone else,” he said in the 1979 interview. “I got a lot of flak; in Texas, football is not only the social thing you must do, but you do it also to prove your manhood. They all couldn’t conceive of why I’d want to stop to do ‘The Importance of Being Earnest.’”
No cause of death has been given at this time.
Rest in peace, Powers Boothe!
H/T Truth Monitor