Red Dawn's Powers Boothe passes away at age 68
I don’t know if there’s any character actor I loved more than Powers Boothe. And don’t be dismayed by the tag “character” actor. Boothe made every role he played larger than life. So much so that it’s almost impossible to believe the actor simply passed away Sunday morning from natural causes at age 68.
No Boothe character would have gone out that quietly. Think back to 1984’s Red Dawn. It took half the Russian army to take him out. And he still died, cursing under his breath, telling those Army pukes to shoot straight.
To ‘80s fans, Boothe might always be Philip Marlowe, Private Eye. (Or even Jim Jones from the creepy 1980 TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.) There’s an equally memorable turn in the 1990 TV movie By Dawn’s Early Light, where we are forced to imagine what a nuclear war with the Soviet Union would be like with Powers flying a bomber over our Cold War enemy. Or Boothe’s amazing take as Curly Bill Brocius in 1993’s Tombstone.
Obituary writers are busy today writing up tributes to Boothe’s work in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nashville and Deadwood. But to us ‘80s fans, our hearts remain locked on the fatherly figure from Red Dawn, cautioning us all that all that hate is just gonna burn us up.
All we have is love for your work, Powers Boothe. Rest in peace. Your characters never will.