Deadwood's Powers Boothe Dead at 68

Powers Boothe, best known for his role as Cy Tolliver on HBO’s critically acclaimed Deadwood, has died. He was 68.

Boothe died in his sleep of natural causes Sunday morning, his publicist confirms to TVLine. Word of his passing was first reported by actor Beau Bridges, who took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to eulogize his “dear friend.”

Boothe first broke out as the title character in the 1980 miniseries Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, for which he won an Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special. From 1983 to 1986, he portrayed the title character in HBO’s Philip Marlowe, Private Eye. Eighteen years later, he returned to the premium cable network as part of the cast of Deadwood.

Following Deadwood‘s demise, Boothe kept busy on the small screen, first popping up in Season 6 of 24 as Vice President Noah Daniels. In 2012, he co-starred as Judge Valentine ‘Wall’ Hatfield in the limited series Hatfields & McCoys, and began a recurring role as father to Connie Britton’s Rayna James on primetime soap Nashville. Most recently, he recurred on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., portraying HYDRA leader Gideon Malick during Season 3.

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32 Comments
  1. laurelnev says:

    RIP Powers Boothe. I hate to say this, but all you Ward/Hive connected Hydra folk seem to be dropping like flies these days. :(

    Thanks for entertaining me and doing it well.

  2. Walkie says:

    Terrific actor. Very underrated.

    This will probably end any hope of a Deadwood movie.

  3. dan says:

    He was so good as Jim Jones and definitely deserved the Emmy he won for that performance. I also thought he was great in Hatfields & McCoys. Always so intense in his performances. RIP Mr. Boothe.

    • Butch says:

      He was the only actor to cross the picket line to attend the award show when actors were on strike in 1980 when he won the Emmy for Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Good mini series .

  4. themechanic82 says:

    To quote him in Tombstone, “Well……..bye!”.

    Rest well

  5. iHeart says:

    oh man I totally forgot that he was on Nashville

  6. LAwoman says:

    Very sad news. He was great in everything he did.

  7. Dan says:

    A great, comandeering and very distinctive presence who will be missed in these parts.

  8. Ben says:

    Powers Boothe was a fantastic actor. Sorry to see him go.

  9. Chloe says:

    Great actor. I loved him in 24.

  10. The Carpooler says:

    Shoot straight for one, you Army pukes.

  11. Joey Padron says:

    Sad to hear about his passing. He was a great actor. RIP.

  12. ndixit says:

    He really died of natural causes at age 68. That’s unusual. RIP Powers Boothe. You had a great voice and a pretty cool name.

  13. MMD says:

    Rest in Peace Powers Boothe. You were a force to be reckoned with. I loved your acting but hated your character in Deadwood. Condolences to his family, friends and fans.

  14. Cecile says:

    I first saw Powers Boothe on stage as Henry IV at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the late 70s. One does not forget a voice like his. RIP

  15. Jim says:

    Damn you Agents of Shield Curse!

  16. Missy says:

    I’m shock

    Boothe was BRILLIANT actor :-(

  17. Kelly Rane says:

    Awe… my BFF and I were just talking yesterday about how we haven’t seen him in anything lately. Great actor!! RIP Mr. Boothe, I as a fan will miss you. Brightest Blessings to his family and friends.