Powers Boothe, probably best known for his role as Jim Jones in the CBS’ 1980 TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, died Sunday morning at his LA home. Boothe died in his sleep of natural causes. He was 68.
Boothe grew up on a farm in Snyder, Texas and began his acting career in Shakespearean plays. In 1979, he starred in the original one act play, ‘Lone Star & Pvt. Wars’ on Broadway
Boothe won an Emmy for his uncanny portrayal of Jones, who in 1978 committed a mass suicide of 918 followers in Jonestown, Guyana when Congressman Leo Ryan visited the commune after receiving requests from some cult members that wanted to leave. Jones also had Congressman Ryan and members of his member executed when they attempted to leave.
Most recently, Boothe played Lamar Wyatt on the hit show, Nashville. He also starred as Gideon Malick in 2012’s The Avengers and reprising it on ABC’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’. Booth was best known as portraying bad guys in Sin City and on HBO’s Deadwood. He may also be remembered for his role as downed pilot, Lt. Col. Andrew Tanner who helps a group of high schoolers in 1984’s Red Dawn.
He crossed the writers’ strike picket line to receive his Emmy for Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones citing, “This may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest.”
A representative for Boothe’s family said that his family will hold a private memorial service for the late actor in Texas. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Pam and their two children Parisse and Preston.
Written by Rhonda
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