'The Avengers' actor Powers Boothe is dead

A talented character actor, Boothe typically portrayed menacing and manipulative villains and had a charisma that made him ideal for the screen.

The veteran actor won an Emmy award for "Outstanding Lead Actor" as the character of Jim Jones in a limited series in 1980 of the TV movie "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones".

Powers died in his sleep this morning of natural causes.

Mostly, Boothe walked that line between good and evil, displaying a ferociousness that was intimidating and a strength that was appealing, even endearing.

Born to a farming family in the west Texas town of Snyder, Boothe eventually left for NY to pursue an acting career.

Mind you he made his NY theater debut at age 26 in a Lincoln Center staging of "Richard III" and, in 1979, made his Broadway debut in the starring role of James McLure's one-act "Lone Star".

He eventually found roles and appeared on Broadway in 1979, as a cowboy in James McLure's well-received but short-lived one-act comedy "Lone Star". Time magazine wrote, "There is one extraordinary performance".

Actress Lea Thompson - who Boothe starred alongside in the 1984 war movie Red Dawn - paid tribute to "a great actor". He would go on to have many more roles in his three-decade long career.

"I loved working with Powers Boothe".

Boothe continued to act in both TV and films. Such a talented, kind and inspiring man. He was known for his roles in "Sin City", "The Avengers" and also the TV series called "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D". Other recent roles include Moonbeam City, To Appomattox, Straight A's, and the video game Hitman: Absolution. Pam and Boothe were married for almost 50 years.

The couple have two children, Parisse and Preston.

According to Boothe's rep, a private service for the actor will be held in his home state of Texas.

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