R.I.P: Legendary Actor, Powers Boothe, Has Passed Away

He had a storied career.

Powers Boothe, the veteran actor known for his roles in “Sin City” and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (Senator Roark), the History Channel miniseries, “Hatfields & McCoys” (Judge Valentine “Wall” Hatfield), and most recently, from the ABC TV series, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” (Gideon Malick), has passed away, at the age of 68.

A statement from Boothe’s spokeswoman, Karen Samfilippo reads:

“Unfortunately it is true. Powers died in his sleep this morning of natural causes. There will be a private service held in Texas where he was from. A memorial celebration in his honor is being considered for a future date. Donations can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which honors the nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.”

And here’s a real shock, coming out of Hollywood: Boothe is leaving behind two children, and his wife, Pam, who he spent nearly 50 years with.

That’s staying power. That’s class.

As for his other accomplishments:

He won an Emmy Award in 1980 for playing cult leader Jim Jones in CBS’ TV movie “Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.” Boothe famously crossed the picket line during an actors’ strike that year to accept the award, reports TV Guide.

Not your typical, self-absorbed Hollywood character, to say the least.

I remember that movie. It was a fascinating turn on an unbelievable period in our nation’s history, giving a chilling glimpse at what went on inside a religious cult, and how easily people can be led by the right (or wrong), charismatic cult figure.

The role that I will always remember Powers Boothe for, however, will be from the 1993 western, “Tombstone,” starring alongside stars such as Kurt Russell and Bill Paxton, as “Curly Bill Brocius,” leader of the dastardly “Cowboys” gang.

Boothe’s turn as Curly Bill resulted in one of the most meme-worthy lines in cinematic history, still burning up the internet today, so it seems only fitting to say our goodbyes this way:

Rest in peace, good sir.

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