Powers Boothe, 1948-2017

Powers Boothe, one of the driving forces behind my favorite film – Tombstone – has passed away at the age of 68.

Boothe, who was born on a farm in Texas, first got his big acting break by playing infamous cult leader Jim Jones in the made-for-television movie ‘Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.’ He won an Emmy for the dedicated performance. When he collected the award, however, he had to cross the picket line of a Screen Actors Guild strike to receive it. He was the only actor to cross the picket line.

Boothe always seemed like the type of guy who would have no problem sticking it to the Hollywood elites. It was part of his charm.

Powers’ spokesperson Karen Samfilippo said a private service will be held in Texas, and a memorial celebration in Boothe’s honor is being considered.

Boothe, like Bill Paxton, was great in every role he accepted: Tombstone, Red Dawn, Sudden Death, Deadwood, 24, and the absurdly underrated Southern Comfort – a film I highly recommend. Everyone remembers Boothe for something, and it is usually something remarkable. Of course, Boothe was a remarkable man. To wit:

Samfilippo also said that donations can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which honors the nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.

God bless Texas, and God bless Powers Boothe. Thank you sir, for the years and years of entertainment. You will be sorely missed.