R.I.P. Powers Boothe

Beloved character actor Powers Boothe has died. He was 68

The famously deep-voiced thesp passed away of natural causes in his sleep on Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles.

Boothe famously played villainous types, serving as an antagonist in such films as the Brandon Lee-led “Rapid Fire,” one of Van Damme’s best in “Sudden Death,” as Curly Bill Brocius in “Tombstone,” and as a slimy senator in “Sin City” and its sequel.

One of his very first roles was a small, but memorable turn in William Friedkin’s “Cruising” as a store clerk who explained the gay sex handkerchief code of the 1970s. Other film credits include “U Turn,” “Nixon,” “Frailty,” “Extreme Prejudice,” “MacGruber” and “A Breed Apart”.

Boothe was also a notable TV presence, especially as saloon owner Cy Tolliver on HBO’s “Deadwood” and as cult leader Jim Jones in the mini-series “Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones” which he won an Emmy for.

A cameo in “The Avengers” turned into the reveal that his character Gideon Malick was effectively the head of HYDRA in the third season of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..” He also played Vice President Noah Daniels in the sixth season of “24,” Judge ‘Wall’ Hatfield in “Hatfields & McCoys,” Lamar Wyatt in “Nashville,” and voiced Gorilla Grodd in the DC animated universe.

Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.