‘Dead­wood’ ac­tor Pow­ers Boothe dies

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

Pow­ers Boothe, the char­ac­ter ac­tor known for his vil­lain roles in TV’s “Dead­wood,’’ and in the movies “Tomb­stone,’’ ‘’Sin City” and ‘’The Avengers,” has died. He was 68.

Boothe’s pub­li­cist said he died of nat­u­ral causes at his home in Los An­ge­les on Sun­day.

Fel­low ac­tor Beau Bridges tweeted the news and called him “a dear friend, great ac­tor, de­voted fa­ther and hus­band.’’

Boothe won an Emmy in 1980 for play­ing cult leader Jim Jones in the TV movie “Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.’’ The cer­e­mony was held amid an ac­tors strike, and Boothe was the only act­ing win­ner to show up for his award.

“This is ei­ther the most coura­geous mo­ment of my ca­reer or the stu­pid­est,’’ he quipped af­ter ac­cept­ing the prize.

He played other mem­o­rable an­tag­o­nists, in­clud­ing ruth­less sa­loon owner Cy Tol­liver in “Dead­wood,’’ the gun­man Curly Bill Bro­cius in “Tomb­stone”.

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