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Actor Powers Boothe Dead At 68 (Photo)

| by Jonathan Constante

Actor Powers Boothe has died of natural causes at age 68.

Boothe passed away in his sleep on May 14 at his Los Angeles home, the Daily Mail reported. He was best known for his villainous role in the movie "Sin City" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

The Texas-native got his first big acting gig in 1980 playing infamous cult leader Jim Jones in the made-for-television film, "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones."

Boothe would go on to win an Emmy for his performance, but in order to collect the award, the actor had to cross the picket line of a Screen Actors Guild strike. He was the only actor who crossed the line.

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"This may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest," he reportedly said at the time.

Other notable roles for Boothe included villain Senator Roark in 2005's "Sin City," and Cy Tolliver in the HBO series "Deadwood." He also guest starred on the show "24" as Vice President Noah Daniels.

In 2012, Boothe landed a role on the "Avengers" and then on ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." He also played the role of Lamar Wyatt on "Nashville."

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The Emmy award-winning actor was also nominated for two SAG awards during his career. His first nomination came alongside cast members of 1996 film "Nixon," and the second came for "Deadwood," in 2007.

Boothe's spokesperson, Karen Samfilippo, issued a statement to CBS:

Unfortunately it is true. Powers died in his sleep this morning of natural causes. There will be a private service held in Texas where he was from. A memorial celebration in his honor is being considered for a future date. Donations can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which honors the nation's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.

Friends of Boothe took to social media to pay tribute to the late actor.

'It's with great sadness that I mourn the passing of my friend Powers Boothe," Beau Bridges wrote on Twitter. "A dear friend, great actor, devoted father & husband."

"I loved acting with you ... you were a gentlemen and a great actor #rip #RedDawn #Wolverines," wrote Lea Thompson.

"Met him on Tombstone & married him in True Women. Powers Boothe was a wonderful actor & even better man," added Dana Delany. "Sad month for cowboys."

Boothe is survived by his wife, Pam, and their two children. The couple was married for nearly 50 years.

Sources: Daily Mail, CBS, Beau Bridges/Twitter, Lea Thompson/Twitter, Dana Delany/Twitter / Photo credit: Colin Meusel/FlickrJane Boursaw via Wikimedia Commons