'Deadwood' actor Powers Booth dies at 68

Powers Boothe Dies: Emmy-Winning Character Actor, 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Co-Star Was 68

The Emmy-winning actor passed away Sunday of natural causes in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles.

His friend, Beau Bridges shared his condolences following the news.

"RIP Powers Boothe. Great talent, always controlled the screen with his presence", one wrote.

A talented character actor, Boothe typically portrayed menacing and manipulative villains and had a charisma that made him flawless for the screen. He later starred in The Avengers as Gideon Malick in 2012, before landing a regular role as the character in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from 2015-16. Perhaps his most famous villain role was Cy Tolliver, the ruthless saloon owner on HBO's Deadwood.

Born to a farming family in the west Texas town of Snyder, Boothe eventually left for NY to pursue an acting career. His work was award-nominated when portraying the title character in cable series "Philip Marlowe, Private Eye", later in the aforementioned "Deadwood" and also for his supporting work as Lamar Wyatt in television series "Nashville". He got a break in theater after graduating from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, going on to act in plays like Henry IV, Troilus and Cressida, Richard III, and Lone Star.

Some will remember him as vice president/president Noah Daniels in "24" and "24 Redemption".

Boothe made a name for himself playing memorable villains and appearing in Westerns. In the clip, Boothe is singing "Honky Tonk Man" on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium.

Boothe - who married his college sweetheart Pam in 1969 and had two children, Parisse and Preston, with her - also received nominations for two ensemble SAG Awards, in 1996 for "Nixon" and again in 2007 for "Deadwood".

A Boothe representative told the Reporter a private service will be held in Texas, with a memorial celebration under consideration.

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