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Powers Boothe, ‘Deadwood,’ ’24,’ and ‘Sin City’ Star, Dead at 68

Character actor made career out of playing the villain; won an Emmy in 1990.

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One of the best character actors in Hollywood is getting all the attention Monday for the most tragic of reasons.

Powers Boothe, best known for lending his trademark deep voice to some of the most vile characters on TV in 24, Deadwood, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and at the movies in Sin City, died at his home in Los Angeles Sunday. He was 68.

His rep told Variety that Boothe died in his sleep Sunday morning of natural causes.

The news was broken on Twitter later that day by fellow actor and close friend Beau Bridges.

Born in Snyder, Texas, Boothe joined the Oregon Shakespeare Festival after college before moving into television and film. His first big break came with a small part in the 1977 film, The Goodbye Girl. Three years later, he won an Emmy for his part as the titular cult leader in The Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.

But he carved a niche for himself playing a succession of charismatic villains, perhaps exemplified by his turn as Curly Bill Brocious in the 1993 Western Tombstone.

To get a sense of the breadth of Boothe’s career, see a clip reel of his best work below.

Read full story at Variety