Powers Allen Boothe (June 1, 1948 – May 14, 2017) was an American television and film actor, instantly recognizable for his gravelly voice, piercing eyes and seriously badass name. He also wielded a moustache when he felt like it.
Boothe won an Emmy Award in 1980 for his chilling portrayal of cult leader Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. As successful as he was in film, it's his television career that he is probably best known for, particularly such roles as ruthless, unstable brothel owner Cy Tolliver in Deadwood, ambitious Vice President Noah Daniels in 24, and controlling patriarch Lamar Wayatt in Nashville.
Sadly, his chances of showing us more badass roles came to an end when he passed away of pancreatic cancer on May 14, 2017 at the age of 68.
- The Goodbye Girl (1977) as Richard III Cast Member
- Cruising (1980) as Hankie Salesman
- Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980) as Jim Jones
- Southern Comfort (1981) as Pvt. Hardin
- Red Dawn (1984) as Lt. Col. Andrew 'Andy' Tanner
- The Emerald Forest (1985) as Bill
- Extreme Prejudice (1987) as Cash Bailey
- By Dawn's Early Light (1990) as Major Cassidy
- Rapid Fire (1992) as Mace Ryan
- Tombstone (1993) as Curly Bill Brocius
- Blue Sky (1994) as Vince Johnson
- Sudden Death (1995) as Joshua Foss
- Nixon (1995) as Alexander Haig
- U Turn (1997) as Sheriff Potter
- Men of Honor (2000) as Captain Pullman
- Frailty (2001) as FBI Agent Wesley Doyle
- Sin City (2005) as Senator Roark
- Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006) as Lex Luthor
- MacGruber (2010) as Col. Jim Faith
- Guns, Girls and Gambling (2012) as The Rancher
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (2012; 2015–16) as World Security Councilman Gideon Malick
- Sin City: A Dame to Kill For as Senator Roark (2014)
- Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983–86) as Philip Marlowe
- Joan of Arc (1999) as Jacques of Arc
- Attila (2001) as Flavius Aetius
- Justice League (2002–06) as Gorilla Grodd and Red Tornado
- Deadwood (2004–06) as Cy Tolliver
- 24 (2007) as Vice President Noah Daniels
- Hatfields & McCoys (2012) as Judge Valentine 'Wall' Hatfield
- Nashville (2012–14) as Lamar Wyatt
Tropes associated with his works or mentions in media:
- Awesome McCoolname: Obviously. Every time Boothe is mentioned in media, chances are that how seriously badass his name is will be brought up.
- Baritone of Strength: His impressively deep voice nicely fit his commanding characters.
- Chronically Killed Actor: Inevitably, given the number of villains he played.
- Deadpan Snarker: His characters often got many of the best lines and were quite witty, even if they were villains.
- Faux Affably Evil: He was an expert at playing exceptionally charming and witty monsters, most notably as Jim Jones, Joshua Foss and Senator Roark.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: His characters usually had some trouble controlling their tempers, even if they never showed it.
- Memetic Mutation: Curly Bill saying "Well...bye" as a final dismissal of someone not well-liked ending association with them. Almost as memetic as "Bye, Felicia".