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17 Shocking Truths About Powers Boothe

1. Boothe, the youngest of three boys, was born on a farm in Snyder, the seat of Scurry County, Texas, to Emily Kathryn and Merrill Vestal Boothe, a rancher.

2. After graduating from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, Boothe joined the repertory company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, with roles in Henry IV, Part 2 , Troilus and Cressida, and others.

3. His New York stage debut was in the 1974 Lincoln Center production of Richard III.

4. Five years later, his Broadway theater debut came in a starring role in the one-act play Lone Star, written by James McLure.

5. Boothe first came to national attention in 1980, playing Jim Jones in the CBS-TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.

6. Boothe won the Emmy Award for his role, beating out veterans Henry Fonda and Jason Robards.

7. As the Screen Actors Guild were on strike in the fall of 1980, he was the only actor to cross picket lines to attend the ceremonies, saying at the time, “This may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest.”

8. Powers Boothe made an appearance during the 1987 Celebrity Golf Challenge for Charity where he made the current long drive record for celebrities of 490 yards.

9. For these efforts, Boothe was awarded the Golden Pumpkin, but, because of scheduling conflicts, he could not receive the award in person.

10. Boothe joined the ranks of Humphrey Bogart and other actors when he portrayed Philip Marlowe in a series of short films for HBO in the 1980s.

11. Additionally, he appeared in the 1990 CBS-TV film Family of Spies, in which he played traitor Navy Officer John Walker.

12. Boothe portrayed Curly Bill Brocius in the hit 1993 Western Tombstone, the disloyal senior Army officer in Blue Sky , and the sinister lead terrorist in Sudden Death.

13. In 2001, he starred as Flavius Aëtius, the Roman general in charge of stopping the Hun invasion in the made-for-TV miniseries Attila.

14. Boothe played a featured role as brothel-owner Cy Tolliver on the HBO series Deadwood, and the seedy Senator Roark in the motion picture Sin City .

15. He is the voice of one of the characters in the 2005 video game Area 51 and of Gorilla Grodd, the hyper-intelligent telepathic supervillain in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.

16. He was a special guest star on 24, where he played Vice President Noah Daniels.

17. Just after taking the role as acting President, Boothe is seen exiting Air Force Two with F-15s in the background.

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