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Powers Boothe, 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and 'Sin City' Actor, Dies at 68

The Hollywood Reporter logo The Hollywood Reporter 5/15/2017 Kimberly Nordyke
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Powers Boothe, a character actor who appeared in films like Sin City and TV shows including Deadwood and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has died. He was 68.

A cause of death was not immediately known. His friend, actor Beau Bridges, tweeted the news Sunday afternoon:


Hailing from Texas, Boothe began his acting career in the theater, playing a number of Shakespearean roles including Henry IV. He made his Broadway debut in the late 70s. 

In 1980, he won an Emmy for lead actor in a limited series or special for playing the title role of cult leader Jim Jones in CBS' Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. He won that award during an actors strike and chose to cross the picket line to accept his award, saying: "This may be either the bravest moment of my career, or the dumbest."

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Boothe also was nominated two ensemble SAG Awards, first in 1996 alongside the cast of Nixon and then again in 2007 with the cast of Deadwood.

Boothe gained a reputation for playing villains with memorable roles in action film Sudden Death,  Bill Paxton's Frailty and the nefarious Senator Roark in Sin City. Perhaps his most famous villain role was Cy Tolliver, a ruthless saloon owner on Deadwood. 

© Provided by The Hollywood Reporter More recently Boothe took on the role of Gideon Malick as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, debuting the role on The Avengers and reprising it on TV on ABC's The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

He portrayed Alexander Haig in Nixon (1995) and a sheriff in another Oliver Stone film, U Turn (1997), and was memorable as the gunman Curly Bill Brocius in Tombstone (1993).

He also appeared on Nashville and played the vice president, and then the president, on 24.

Mike Barnes contributed to this report. a man and a woman looking at the camera In Memoriam 2017: Stars We've Lost This Year

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