Avengers and Sin City star Powers Boothe dies at 68

Ben Arnold
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RIP… character actor Powers Boothe has died at the age of 68 – Credit: HBO

Powers Boothe, the American character actor and star of movies like ‘Sin City’ and TV shows like ‘Deadwood’, has died at the age of 68.

He died on Sunday morning in his sleep from natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, according to his reps.

Boothe was a hugely recognisable figure in Hollywood, often finding himself playing villainous figures including Senator Roark in Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Sin City’.

He also often appeared in western themed movies and TV shows, including HBO’s ‘Deadwood’, ‘Tombstone’ and ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ with Kevin Costner.

(Credit: Miramax)

His publicist Karen Samfillipo said: “There will be a private service held in Texas where he was from. A memorial celebration in his honor is being considered for a future date. Donations can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which honors the nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.”

Boothe made himself known to a newer generation of fans in playing the industrialist Gideon Makick in ‘The Avengers’, before reprising the role in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ on TV.

Born the son of a rancher in Texas in 1948, he also won an Emmy for playing cult leader Jim Jones in the 1980 mini-series ‘Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones’ alongside Ned Beatty and James Earl Jones.

His friend Beau Bridges was among those to pay tribute to him.


Meanwhile, his Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D co-star Brett Dalton added:


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