Monday, May 22, 2017

Powers Boothe, 1948-2017, R.I.P.


I just found out on Saturday that Emmy-winning actor Powers Boothe died at the age of sixty-eight on May 14th. Damned shame. I remember him best from his roles as Senator Roark in Sin City and its sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a spectacular performance as Curly Bill Brocius in Tombstone, and his fairly recent appearance on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series. There were, of course, many other roles he'd played in his long career with which I was regrettably unfamiliar... but I'd seen enough of his acting to have been greatly impressed by the man. As I so often say in these tributes, he'll be missed.

 Sin City

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

 Tombstone
 
 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Thanks for your time.

18 comments:

  1. I liked Sin City. I remember Powers Boothe playing Jim Jones in a made-for-TV movie or mini-series called "Guyana Tragedy." He was very good in that role.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I knew he'd played that role, but I never saw it.

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    2. It was a long time ago. It's the first time I saw Powers Boothe, as far as I know.

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    3. Yes, it was 1980. He won an Emmy for his portrayal of Jim Jones.

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    4. Wasn't that the year of the strike when no one except Powers Boothe showed up to collect the Emmy?

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    5. Yes! He even made a joke about that at the time. "This may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest."

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  2. There is a name that is memorable and a great character actor. What a shame he passed away

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  3. One of those people whose faces I knew but could never place a name to.

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    1. I must say I'm pretty good at knowing the names of many character actors, when most people say "I don't know the guy's name, but he was the guy in that movie where..."

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  4. I am sure he will be missed. It's nice of you to write a tribute.

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    1. I was only familiar with a handful of his roles, but they were enough to make me a fan.

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  5. One of what to my mind is a character actor: blinds into any role he plays, almost imperceptibly. As apposed to the dashing leading man who dominates everything he is in. To my mind, it takes more talent to blend like a chameleon.
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  6. He sure had some great roles indeed. Too bad he got stuck with the worst season of 24 though, besides that piece of crap spinoff.

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    1. Luckily for me (I trust your opinion!), I never saw those.

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  7. I'm going to be honest, his name doesn't ring a bell. But I'll certainly watch for it now. He sounds like someone very special.

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    1. He was. If he'd done nothing besides Curly Bill Brocius in Tombstone, I'd still be a fan of his work.

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