‘Deadwood’ and ‘MacGruber’ Actor Powers Boothe Dies at 68

The world has lost a wonderfully intimidating, gravely voice. Powers Boothe—the character actor whose ominous sneer you’ve certainly enjoyed in a Western, military, or political context—died Sunday night in Los Angeles. According to his rep, Boothe passed in his sleep of natural causes. He was 68.

Over a four-decade career, Boothe brought his imposing glare to dozens of film and television roles. In 1980, he won an Emmy for the lead role in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Since then, he’s become known for the likes of Tombstone, Deadwood, Sin City, 24, and, most recently, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. His loss will be felt. Stacy Keach is really going to have to pick up the slack.

Boothe is survived by his wife, two children, and endlessly fruitless developments on MacGruber 2 and a Deadwood movie.

  • scott19

    Time for a rewrite on that Deadwood script. Or maybe recast him with someone else age appropriate, and who also can have a menacing conversation entirely through gritted teeth.