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.
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.
It's with great sadness that I mourn the passing of my friend Powers Boothe. A dear friend, great actor, devoted father & husband.
— Beau Bridges (@MrBeauBridges) May 14, 2017
Meanwhile, his Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D co-star Brett Dalton added:
So sad to hear of the passing of Powers Boothe. You were more than a costar, you were my friend. My thoughts & prayers are with your family pic.twitter.com/ZDx7N2My23
— Brett Dalton (@IMBrettDalton) May 15, 2017