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Short Info

Net Worth$8 million
SpouseAmanda Roark
MarkDeep gravelly voice
FactIn September 1980, in an act of defiance, he showed up at the Emmy Awards ceremony to collect the award he had won for playing Jim Jones. The Screen Actors Guild was in the middle of a strike and members boycotted the ceremony until the strike was settled. He was the only winner in an acting category who showed up. The incident was referenced in the James L. Brooks comedy film I'll Do Anything (1994).

Powers Boothe was an American actor who appeared in film, television, and video games. His most notable roles included his Emmy-winning portrayal of Jim Jones in the 1980 CBS miniseries Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, Cy Tolliver on HBO’s Deadwood, and Vice President Noah Daniels on 24. He also played Curly Bill Brocius in Tombstone, Sheriff Curly Wilcox in Red Dawn, and Lamar Wyatt in Nashville.

Boothe was born on June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, the son of Emma Louise (née Bradley) and James Thomas Boothe, a rancher. He had a twin sister, Amy Louise Boothe, who died at the age of two months. His parents were both of English descent.

Boothe was raised in a strict Baptist home and graduated from Snyder High School in 1966. He attended Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) on a football scholarship, but left after one semester to pursue an acting career.

Boothe began his acting career in the late 1960s with guest appearances on such television shows as The Mod Squad and Ironside. His first film role was in the 1969 Western The Last Picture Show. In 1970, he appeared in the film Patton playing Pvt. Snuffy Braden.

Boothe’s most notable role came in 1980, when he played Jim Jones in the CBS miniseries Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. His performance earned him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

In the late 1980s, he appeared in several films, including The Emerald Forest (1985) and Extreme Prejudice (1987). He also appeared in the 1989 political thriller Slipstream, which starred Boothe and was directed by Steven Spielberg.

In the 1990s, Boothe played supporting roles in such films as Rapid Fire (1992), Sudden Death (1995), and U-571 (2000). He also had a recurring role as Cy Tolliver on HBO’s Deadwood from 2004 to 2006.

Boothe’s final film role was as Lamar Wyatt in the 2013 musical drama Nashville. He also made several guest appearances on television shows such as The A-Team, The Fall Guy, and Simon & Simon.

Boothe died on May 14, 2017 at the age of 68. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Boothe was survived by his wife, Pam, and their two children, Preston and Lillian. He was also survived by his twin sister, Amy Louise Boothe-Miller, and his brother, James Thomas Boothe Jr.

General Info

Net Worth$8 million
Salary529,600 USD
Height1.87 m, 1.88 m
Weight104 kg
ProfessionBaseball player
EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseAmanda Roark
ChildrenMadison Roark
ParentsJodi Roark
SiblingsDillon Roark


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, CableAce Award for Actor in a Movie or Min...
MoviesSin City: A Dame to Kill For, Tombstone, The Emerald Forest, Sin City, Frailty, Southern Comfort, Red Dawn, Extreme Prejudice, Sudden Death, The Avengers, MacGruber, The Final Season, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, Rapid Fire, Men of Honor, U Turn, Joan of Arc, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, C...

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#Marks / Signs
1Deep gravelly voice
2Piercing dark eyes and long face
3Frequently plays authority figures, military or government agents or clergy


1[on playing the U.S. President on 24 (2001)] One of the more interesting things about doing this is I don't have to worry about my wardrobe... because it's the same every day, all day.
2[2007, on beginning as an actor] One role leads to another. For the first 10 years [that] I was a professional actor, all I did was Shakespeare. And the show I did in New York that brought me out [to L.A.] was a flat-out comedy. And they never let me do comedy.
3I've been fortunate in my career to have the opportunity to pick and choose the parts I play. I've also been lucky to always be involved with quality actors, quality directors, quality writers.
4Hell, I've played as many guys who get the girl as I have heavies. I've done love scenes with Jessica Lange [Blue Sky (1994)] and Jennifer Lopez [U Turn (1997)], and I won't kid you, they're fun.
5[accepting his Emmy Award, 1980] This is either the most courageous moment of my career or the stupidest... I also thought long and hard whether or not I would attend, but I came here because this is America and one must do what one believes. I believe in the Academy. I also believe in my fellow actors in their stand.


1Lives in Los Angeles, California, where he raises racing quarter horses.
2His favorite role is in the science fiction horror film Mutant Species (1994).
3He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in Austin, Texas in March 2009.
4Received his Master's degree in Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University and went on to become a resident actor at the Oregon Shakespeare Company.
5He was named after a friend of his father's that was killed in World War II.
6For his role on Tombstone (1993), he was trained by renowned Hollywood Gun Coach Thell Reed, who has also trained such actors as: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Bill Paxton, Sam Elliot, Michael Biehn, Brad Pitt, Girard Swan and Leonardo DiCaprio.
7His family has lived in the American South for many generations, and are generally of British Isles (English) ancestry.
8Born to Merrill Vestal Boothe and his wife Emily Kathryn Reeves.
9During the 1980 actor's boycott, he was one of the few nominees to attend the Emmy Awards ceremony, and the only winner to accept his award in person.
10Father of daughter Parisse Boothe and son Preston Boothe.
11In September 1980, in an act of defiance, he showed up at the Emmy Awards ceremony to collect the award he had won for playing Jim Jones. The Screen Actors Guild was in the middle of a strike and members boycotted the ceremony until the strike was settled. He was the only winner in an acting category who showed up. The incident was referenced in the James L. Brooks comedy film I'll Do Anything (1994).
12He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Southwest Texas State University.




Attila2001TV Mini-SeriesFlavius Aetius
Men of Honor2000Captain Pullman
A Crime of Passion1999TV MovieDr. Ben Pierce
Joan of Arc1999TV Mini-SeriesJacques d'Arc
The Spree1998TV MovieDet. Bram Hatcher
U Turn1997Sheriff Potter
Con Air1997Officer at Leaving Ceremony (voice, unconfirmed, uncredited)
True Women1997TV MovieBartlett McClure
Dalva1996TV MovieSam
Nixon1995Alexander Haig
Sudden Death1995Joshua Foss
Mutant Species1994Frost
Blue Sky1994Vince Johnson
Web of Deception1994TV MovieDr. Philip Benesch
Tombstone1993Curly Bill Brocius
Marked for Murder1993TV MovieMace 'Sandman' Moutron
Angely smerti1993
Wild Card1992TV MoviePreacher
Rapid Fire1992Mace Ryan
By Dawn's Early Light1990TV MovieCassidy
Stalingrad1990General Cuikov
Family of Spies1990TV Mini-SeriesJohn A. Walker Jr
Voyager: The Grand Tour1990Short
Sapphire Man1988ShortRyan
Into the Homeland1987TV MovieJackson Swallow
Extreme Prejudice1987Cash Bailey
Philip Marlowe, Private Eye1983-1986TV SeriesPhilip Marlowe
The Emerald Forest1985Bill Markham
Red Dawn1984Andy
A Breed Apart1984Mike Walker
Southern Comfort1981Hardin
The Cold Eye (My Darling, Be Careful)1980
A Cry for Love1980TV MovieTony Bonnell
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones1980TV MovieRev. Jim Jones
The Plutonium Incident1980TV MovieDick Hawkins
Skag1980TV SeriesWhalen
Cruising1980Hankie Salesman
The Goodbye Girl1977Richard III Cast
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2015-2016TV SeriesGideon Malick
Moonbeam City2015TV SeriesMayor Eo Jaxxon
To Appomattox2015TV Mini-SeriesAlbert Sidney Johnston
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For2014Senator Roark
Nashville2012-2014TV SeriesLamar Wyatt
Straight A's2013Father
Hitman: Absolution2012Video GameTravis (voice)
Guns, Girls and Gambling2012The Rancher
Hatfields & McCoys2012TV Mini-SeriesJudge Valentine 'Wall' Hatfield
The Avengers2012World Security Council
The Looney Tunes Show2011TV SeriesLeslie Hunt
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated2011TV SeriesDead Justice
Tattoo2011/IIShortThe Gambler
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien2011TV SeriesSunder
Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction2010Video GameSunder (voice)
MacGruber2010Colonel Faith
Ben 10: Alien Force2009TV SeriesSunder
242008TV MoviePresident Noah Daniels
Edison & Leo2008George T. Edison (voice)
Mouth of Caddo2008ShortNarrator
Turok2008Video GameKane (voice)
The Final Season2007Jim Van Scoyoc
242007TV SeriesVice President Noah Daniels
Deadwood2004-2006TV SeriesCy Tolliver
Superman: Brainiac Attacks2006VideoLex Luthor (voice)
Justice League Unlimited2005-2006TV SeriesGorilla Grodd Red Tornado
Sin City2005Senator Roark
Area 512005Video GameMajor Bridges (voice)
Justice League2002-2003TV SeriesGorilla Grodd
Second Nature2003TV MovieKelton Reed
Frailty2001FBI Agent Wesley Doyle


Straight A's2013performer: "Precious Memories"


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2017TV Series in loving memory of - 1 episode
Nashville: The Whole Story2013TV Movie thanks
The Making of 'Frailty'2002Video documentary special thanks


Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Making 'Southern Comfort'2014Video shortHimself
Burning Hope: The Making of Hitman Absolution2012DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Game 1622012TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Straight from the Horses Mouth2009VideoHimself
Nick Nolte: No Exit2008DocumentaryHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Making 'Deadwood': Season Two2005TV Short documentaryHimself
Making 'Deadwood': The Show Behind the Show2004TV Short documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Frailty'2002Video documentaryHImself (uncredited)
The Making of 'Tombstone'2002Video documentary shortHimself - 'Curly Bill'
Anatomy of a Scene2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Directors2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest
National Geographic Specials1992TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 32nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Winner

Archive Footage

Movie Nights2011TV SeriesMace Ryan
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1995TV SeriesCurley Bill Brocius


Won Awards

2006Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a SpecialGuyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)

Nominated Awards

2012Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionNashville (2012)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDeadwood (2004)
2006Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastSin City (2005)
2005Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Supporting ActorDeadwood (2004)
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastNixon (1995)
1989ACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesInto the Homeland (1987)
1983ACECableACE AwardsActor in a Dramatic PresentationPhilip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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