'Deadwood' actor Powers Boothe dies at 68

Powers Boothe dead at 68

Actor Beau Bridges tweeted the news of Boothe's passing: "It's with great sadness that I mourn the passing of my friend Powers Boothe". Boothe's family are considering a memorial celebration in honor of the late actor, but the date is yet to be confirmed.

Born to a farming family in the west Texas town of Snyder, Boothe eventually left for NY to pursue an acting career, according to ABC News.

Boothe began his acting career performing Shakespeare in the theater before landing his role in 1977's The Goodbye Girl.

Unlike numerous nominees and presenters who were boycotting the Emmy ceremony as part of the Screen Actors Guild Strike, Boothe accepted his Emmy in person.

Boothe followed his Emmy success with the lead role opposite Keith Carradine in director Walter Hill's Southern Comfort, the story of a squad of National Guards who are hunted in the swamps of Louisiana.

More recently, Boothe took on the role of Gideon Malick as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, debuting the role in 2012's The Avengers and reprising it on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Born in Texas, Boothe built a career playing villains and cowboys, like the murderous Curly Bill Brocius in the 1993 Western film Tombstone or Senator Roark in Robert Rodriguez's Sin City movies. The character actor also appeared in the films, "Sin City", "Avengers: World Security Council" and "Tombstone". Lea Thompson, who was in the original "Red Dawn" with Boothe, called him "a gentleman and a great actor".

"They kept telling me, 'Come home and we'll have a place for you on the farm, ' " he said.

"Boothe brings an intensity to the role amplified by the wisdom etched in his face".

Powers Boothe might be recognized from such shows as Deadwood and Nashville.

"Give em hell Powers", he wrote. Asked about his penchant for playing bad guys, he told a reporter, "The heavies are more fun". He attended Texas State University and married his college sweetheart, Pam.

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