Powers Boothe

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Powers Boothe
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Boothe at the premiere of Sin City, March 22, 2005
Born Powers Allen Boothe
(1948-06-01) June 1, 1948 (age 66)
Snyder, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–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]

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.

Career[edit]

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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1977 The Goodbye Girl Richard III Cast
1980 Cruising Hankie Salesman
1980 The Cold Eye (My Darling, Be Careful) ???
1981 Southern Comfort Hardin
1984 A Breed Apart Mike Walker
1984 Red Dawn Lt. Col. Andrew 'Andy' Tanner
1985 The Emerald Forest Bill Markham
1987 Extreme Prejudice Cash Bailey
1988 Sapphire Man Ryan short
1989 Stalingrad General Cuikov
1992 Rapid Fire Mace Ryan
1993 Tombstone Curly Bill Brocius
1994 Blue Sky Vince Johnson
1995 Mutant Species Frost
1995 Sudden Death Joshua Foss
1995 Nixon Alexander Haig Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997 Con Air Officer at Leaving Ceremony voice
1997 U Turn Sheriff Potter
2000 Men of Honor Captain Pullman
2001 Frailty FBI Agent Wesley Doyle
2005 Sin City Senator Roark
2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks Lex Luthor voice
2007 The Final Season Jim Van Scoyoc
2008 Edison and Leo George T. Edison voice
2010 MacGruber Col. Jim Faith
2011 Guns, Girls and Gambling The Rancher
2012 The Avengers World Security Council member
2013 Straight A's Father
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Senator Roark

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1980 Skag Whalen 6 episodes
1980 The Plutonium Incident Dick Hawkins
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Jim Jones Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1980 A Cry for Love Tony Bonnell
1983–1986 Philip Marlowe, Private Eye Philip Marlowe 11 episodes
Nominated — CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Presentation (1983)
1987 Into the Homeland Jackson Swallow Nominated — CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
1990 Family of Spies John A. Walker Jr
1990 By Dawn's Early Light Cassidy
1992 National Geographic: Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas Narrator
1992 Wild Card Preacher
1993 Marked for Murder Mace 'Sandman' Moutron
1994 Web of Deception Dr. Philip Benesch
1996 Dalva Sam
1997 True Women Bartlett McClure
1998 The Spree Det. Bram Hatcher
1999 Joan of Arc Jacques D'Arc
1999 A Crime of Passion Dr. Ben Pierce
2001 Attila Flavius Aetius
2003 Second Nature Kelton Reed
2002–2006 Justice League Gorilla Grodd / Red Tornado voice, 9 episodes
2004–2006 Deadwood Cy Tolliver 34 episodes
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2007)
2006 National Geographic: Lions v. Hyenas 1 episode, narrator
2007 24 Vice President Noah Daniels 14 episodes
2008 24: Redemption President Noah Daniels
2012 Hatfields & McCoys Judge Valentine 'Wall' Hatfield
2012–2014 Nashville Lamar Wyatt Series Regular, Season 1

Recurring Role, Season 2, 26 episodes

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

Video Game[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2005 Area 51 Major Bridges voice
2012 Hitman: Absolution Benjamin Travis voice

References[edit]

  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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